In short: Brilliant course, great organisation, fantastic marshalls In full: Yet another great Colchester Half marathon!
The slight route change from the previous year worked well and as with the previous year running through the town centre makes for a great first few miles.
Used it as a warm up for London this year and it really helped to build up the excitement levels running in such a well-organised race with brilliant crowd support. The weather may not have been perfect but the crowds were out, especially at the finish. Date of review: March 29, 2013
In short: Ran a PB so i'm happy! In full: Thought it was well organised although que for the loos was bit to long. I kept personal belongings in my car, but it would have annoyed me if I couldn't have left my stuff somewhere. A great run which I shall be taking part in again next year. Date of review: March 21, 2013
In short: Good course, organisation to improve for next year. In full: My second attempt at this event, definitley has PB potential. The stadium setting makes a great location but the queues getting in! Learning from last year, I left early so I wasn't getting stressed whilst having to wait to get into the complex. On another event I did, a coach shuttle service was put on - this could be arranged from the train station to the stadium (a short drive along the bus route) which would certinaly reduce the number of cars trying to get in. Baggage area didn't appear overly generous (this is a football stadium!) and I thought the number of toilets were pretty low given the capacity entrance field. Marshalling was great and generally improved upon over last year but again aggressive drivers were my biggest concern. Being a road race we all have to be that extra bit careful particularly on the second 'country' half of the race. The road closures that were present appeared effective, but the traffic leap-frogging groups of runners along the main Boxted straight road in the final 2-3 miles i think is asking for problems. It encourages drivers to overtake at speed to get past as many runners as possible only to enevitably brake sharply and force their way into the running pack when a vehicle in the opposite direction appears. That being said, some runners need greater road sense as they could help themselves (and others) by keeping to the left. A great finish to the line, altough with the encroaching crowds made for a tight finish. There also needs to be more space after the line for the chips to be removed and collection of goodies etc. A good medal although a date on it would be nice. Traffic leaving the stadium was possibly more difficult than entering! Will look to do this again next year. Date of review: March 20, 2013
In short: Good event. In full: A nice mix of town and country, hills and flat. I felt the marshalling was good, and the crowds supportive. Needs better marking of the changing area (I didn't find it, but I have a habit now of turning up dressed for the race). Baggage storage a problem if you didn't have a car. I'll be back. Date of review: March 20, 2013
In short: Not a race to set a PB in but a good pre-marathon race In full: An enjoyable run - the route was quite pleasant. Organisation was pretty good. Nice use of the stadium for a start finish location.
Only one minor gripe - there really needs to be a secure baggage location, for a reasonably sized event I was pretty surprised that this hadn't been thought of.
In short: Great event. Good challening course. Going to be a regular destination race. In full: Great event that is groiwng in popularity (sell out this year). Start/Finish improved from last year and the use of Colchester United's Football Stadium is big plus. Toilets and changing areas dry (and warm!). An offical bag drop would be good. Parking looked to be causing some issues with long queues into the Stadium. I parked on the industrial estate next door. No issues. But stadium parking must be better organised next year. Course has vrey quick first two miles into town with big hill leading to the High Street. there;'s one more downhill out of town and then a relatively small but longish incline out of town and out into the countryside. The support around the course was brilliant this year. Far more spectators out on the couse and really good support all the way round. Marshalls excellent and whilst not all that vocal it was good to see so many out on the course. Water stations well manned with cups and bottles. for beginners this is a great race as very relaxed atmosphere. Also ideal for those in marathon training. For club runners there are a few fixture clashes (Reading) which may effect depth at the front but still some very good club runners attracted and fast times for the course. Date of review: March 19, 2013
In short: Great Race- will be back next year In full: I really like the course, and thought it was a well organised race. Queues to get into car park were a slight issue. No queue for toilets when I got there (8:30). Relatively fast course. Liked the changes to the course this year. Thanks to all who organised the race. Date of review: March 18, 2013
In short: My 1st time here, and loved every minute, except the plod up North Hill :-) In full: Some very minor issue's regarding baggage and toilet facilities but on the whole a thoroughly enjoyable day. Top marks to the marshalls who did a grand job despite the wrath from some impatient local residents who couldnt stand to be delayed just 1 half day of the year. I thought the army cadets were brilliant. Date of review: March 18, 2013