In short: Excellent. In full: Well organised event with plenty of support. Convenient car parking, adequate facilities at the leisure centre. Numerous drinks stations, excellently marshalled course, and the best goody bag I've received. I thought the only real drawback was some tough inclines on the course.
In short: My first marathon made special by great organisation and turnout In full: This was my first marathon after five half-marathons, and did I find it tough! despite reasonable training, I found the undulations quite difficult as I couldn't get a rythmn. Unlike my two training routes which are both relatively flat, with moderate inclines on path and road, this was more bridleway and mudtrack on gentle but continuous rolling hills. The organisation was fantastic, as were the crowds, I have never been so excited to see wet sponges! Date of review: May 14, 2013
In full: This is the second time I have run this marathon and I thoroughly enjoyed it despite the undulations. The marshals were very supportive with sweets on offer at several places and a mixture of drinks at the drink stations. The course was tough in places but the scenery and support made the challenge worthwhile. The goody bag at the end was the best I have had with a great selection of goodies plus a technical t shirt and a medal. Despite being a challenging course I managed a PB by over 5 minutes and was 20 minutes quicker than last year on the same race so was very happy! Date of review: May 13, 2013
In short: A Top Notch Event In full: My first Halstead Marathon but definitely not my last. Undulating scenic course, cannot fault the organisation, parking arrangements, or the goody bag. With a p.b it's already gone in the diary for next year. Date of review: May 13, 2013
In short: Really well organised, very friendly and lovely route In full: 8 of us from Ware Joggers ran this as a group and had a ball. The marshals and cadets at the water stations were really encouraging and helpful. Lovely little touches like the Mayor still giving out medals to even the slow runners make this a special marathon. Well done to everyone involved Date of review: May 13, 2013
In short: My new favourite event In full: This is a race that totally lived up to the hype. The organisation, atmosphere, on course support and marshalls were just exceptional. It's a demanding course that demands respect but when I wasn't grimacing I was glorying in the tremendous scenery. I'll be back next year most definitely Date of review: May 13, 2013