In short: get to know waltham forest In full: i thought if im going to do a half marathon where best then in my back yard. If i ever wanted to know what a place looked like then probably doing a half marathon is it. They kept the hills as much in your favour as possible but there are some still some long climbs.Running along busy high streets and two busy under passes across the north circular. The bit to watch out for in mile 10 is friday hill. This is not for the faint hearted and hopefully you will of practiced oyur hil runs before ahnd, Organisation is good and it ran. The police were at hand to close off major roads for us to cross and plenty of staf at hand for questios. most of the marshalls were encourageing but not much of a turn out from the crowed. a good number of tiolets to hand and emergancy staff and everything was well marked. the good ie bag was reasonable. You get a t-shirt and a medal. Times took a while the following day to appear on the website. they kept going on about the photos but i checked the site and mine wasn't taken so maybe they should be a bit more thorough before they promote that too much. Date of review: August 1, 2013
In short: Good atmosphere - more water stations please In full: No water station until after 8 miles - was a warm day and I would have struggled if I hadn't taken water with me. Other than that good organisation, friendly marshalling and positive, relaxed atmosphere. Date of review: May 28, 2012
In short: An urban half marathon taking in the sights of walthamstow and chingford In full: The organisation and marshalling of the race was excellent. As roads were not closed off the marshalls were key in controlling traffic and there was good support from pesos too. It does pay to study the route because even as a local it had a few twisty turns sections. Shame the hill comes at the end and not the beginning! Great to have a local event for a really good cause. Date of review: April 26, 2012
In full: A really friendly and welcoming race. I took a friend who has only just taken up running and she was pleasantly surprised by how relaxed it all was. The marshals were fantastic. Mile markers would have been a great help. Date of review: April 4, 2012
In short: very friendly local race In full: real down to earth feel as it was a small field. could have done with mile markers and only had paper direction signs in some places which gave the potential for people to go the wrong way - I had to shout to someone in front of me at one point as she had missed the direction sign. Very well organised with the marshalls they had available and a very enjoyable race Date of review: April 3, 2012
In short: A good race for a good cause In full: Much more water points needed. Mile markers also needed as runners we're asking stewards who, although very friendly and enthusiastic, we're unable to inform. This said, this was a very friendly race with a good challenge at the end and not busy either. All for a good cause! Date of review: April 2, 2012
In short: Nice local race. The course was a bit 'stop and start' in the first half with a lot of turns and crossings. Must say all the volunteers/marshals were top notch, really spurred everyone one. Nice t-shirt too! Will be back! Date of review: April 2, 2012
In short: Great day, but not enough water In full: I had a great time running this 1/2 marathon as the weather was great and not too many runners joined this race. Even though we ran 13 miles next to busy roads on pavements, we all had enough space to run.
Unfortunately, I felt as though there were not enough water stops and was glad to have carried my own Camelbak with 2 liters of water in. Date of review: April 2, 2012
In short: Friendly race but basic mistakes In full: This is a very friendly race, with lots of helpful stewards at the start and around the course.
However, the mile markers for the first few miles were not measured correctly (I don't run 6 minute miles normally!) and between miles 5 and 8 I saw no mile markers, which meant pacing my race was a nightmare.
Despite this I did enjoy it - it has a small local and friendly feel that overcomes the obstacles of running on the sometimes busy and not especially pretty streets. Different!