In short: Top quality event In full: Not done Halstead for 4 years, and I will not be waiting 4 years to return. Possibly the best marshalling I have seen and that was just the tip of the iceberg. Every aspect of this race was organised so well cannot suggest anything to improve it. The bag storage was fantastic, well done there and I was in a warm shower within minutes of finishing the race. I massively congratulate all those involved in making such a great day out-fantastic. To end on a slight negative, poor that some runners were chatting etc during the minutes silence for Boston-clearly they did not read the instructions OR worse, ignored them.
In short: Excellent organisation, undulating course. In full: A great day out. Excellent scenery, brilliant organisation, fantastic marshals. If only the organisers could have flattened out the hills! Date of review: May 14, 2013
In full: Third consecutive time I've run this and after the hype and crowds and stress of London and other big city marathons, this is the perfect antidote......small, well-organised, friendly and boasting lovely touches like personalised drinks stations. It is a tough course but what goes up, must come down........ Date of review: May 14, 2013
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