In full: The Finish line great but then had to stand for about 30mins for bag with a mars bar then stand in and wait for a T shirt , then move a foot or two and undo race tag then medal , suggest put all in one bag with a bottle of water and tell runners to start undoing tags as soon as crossed finish line. I collected race tag just before start and noted lots on entrants not turned up which is a shame because potential runners denied a place , Car parking terrible organisation , First to get there turned away and sent to overflow carpark area;s . People turning up later parked right near starting point , fairs fair , get there early to park and get sorted you should get the the first parking spaces. Will still do race again and hope there is someone taking note of feedback or else its pointless . Date of review: April 8, 2014
In short: great organisation, enjoyable route: mix of town/countryside In full: 3rd time of running this. Listened to previous years' feedback :-) Good organisation. Good facilities start/finish. HUGE medal! See you next year.... Date of review: March 21, 2014
In short: A great event with good mix of town and country - great atmosphere and very supportive Marshall's - I enjoyed it! In full: I really really enjoyed the course and atmosphere. The only downside was at the finish where we all had to wait in a queue for around 30 minutes for goody bag etc. when we could have done with having a warm down walk. Why not put everything in one bag? And have a separate area for choosing t shirt size. Excellent commentary as well! Date of review: March 20, 2014
In short: Local,friendly,fairly flat, pb achievable event! In full: Ive entered this event ever sice they reintroduced it. Its in its 4th year now and it keeps getting better. Still a couple of things need ironing out. The finishers funnel was chaotic this year. Generally on the whole though a great event. Date of review: March 18, 2014
In short: This is an amazing event and very well organised the roads got shut off for the race through the town and then very little traffic out in the villages , a must for any keen runner or beginner got everything ,plus fantastic medal Date of review: March 18, 2014
In short: A well run half marathon which seems to be getting better every year. Some challenges mainly North Hill and Ipswich Road but still managed a new PB. Great medal to. Date of review: March 18, 2014
In short: A race that Essex can be proud of In full: Third time of running at this event and it gets better each year! Top marks to the marshalls who managed road control superbly and all were suportive, as were the crowds, perfect running weather certainly helped too! Date of review: March 17, 2014
In short: Well-organised and a quick course only let down by poor finishing funnel In full: This is my third time out at the Colchester HM and it was a lovely day for it. The stadium makes for an appropriate start/finish venue and the marshalls on the whole appear well-motivated and encouraging. The medal was really good (and heavy!) with a typical goodie bag offered on completion of the event.
The closed (road) section of the course is well-organised and marshalled although when you leave the town for a more rural environment, the traffic can become an issue to run along with. The crossroad junction at mile 11-12 was particularly messy and needed appropriate traffic management, not marshalls watching the chaos!
The funnel at the finish line was ridiculous! I was stood in a queue for around 25 minutes and really needed to be sat down in the shade somewhere, not stuck in a crowd! All the goodie items should be in a single bag, offered from both sides which would help disperse the tired crowd. Having runners re-enter this area (along with spectators) made for a very messy arrangement.
More toilets ahead of the race would be useful although it is good of the stadium organisers to allow use of their facilities.
I would be happy to do this event again, just some continued teething troubles to sort out. Date of review: March 17, 2014