In short: Well organised race. Definitely undulating! In full: A well organized reasonably prices half marathon. Support from the marshals was very good. Two laps of undulations, with a jaunt across the tram tracks. First lap I prayed, "please don't let the light turn red" and thought about putting on a sprint just to make sure. Second lap I looked at the tram lights and prayed "please turn to red so I'm forced to have a stop!" Start/finish area was good at the cricket club, and meant I could have a pint in the sun when I'd finished. I was still there to see the last finisher come in, and an effort was made to give him a big cheer and lots of support when he crossed the line.
The negatives - I found the course a little dull. Lots of twists and turns round suburban roads. Although the marshals were very supportive, there was little other support on the course. And having pretty much a mile of up hill for the last mile put away any chance of me pb-ing.
I was also surprised how many ignored the no ipod/mp3s rule. Considering the race was on un-closed roads with a tram track crossing. Date of review: March 31, 2014
In short: Absolute Bargain Race! (But don, tell everyone!) In full: I absolutely loved this race. I was thinking of giving it a miss as the logistics of getting to the start for the 9.15 "off" seemed a bit of a nightmare, however i,m glad i mad the effort as this race (so far!) has been my favourite race of 2014! Not a race, race as some sections of the pavements were very narrow which prevented overtaking (and explains the 750 runner limit) and there is a chance a Tram might hold you up! But a great atmosphere and cameraderie among other runners, The only negative i can find is that headphones were supposedly banned, but quite a few runners were wearing them, i hope the organisers took note of their numbers and are going to disqualify them! That aside, for the price it was incredibly generous, a niceish medal, although not bespoke, a goody bag, an apple and/or a banana at the finish and a free massage if you wanted it! I will definitely return in 2015 as this race is a little Gem! (but don,t tell everyone! ;-)) ) Date of review: March 30, 2014
In short: A nice surprise and great to have a course which really is just undulating In full: My first time at this event and what a lovely friendly race. I'm normally against multi lap races but this was nicely set up with gradients which never seemed as steep as the hills you were coasting down. Great volunteers with a sense of humour and well worth heading back to next year Date of review: March 30, 2014
In short: Ran the croydon half marathon for the first time today. Organisation first class. Route hilly and challenging but made up for by the friendliness of the marshals. Can't remember seeing so many at a race. Good finish area. Nothing to fault! Date of review: March 30, 2014
In short: Well organised, but the uphill bits were hard... In full: My first half marathon, and I enjoyed it, although the hills were hard work. Very well organised, good marshalls and a clear route. Date of review: April 9, 2013
In short: Great race, well-organised, friendly marshals In full: One of the cheapest and best Half Marathons out there. Lots of local non-affiliated runners but also attracting some of the fastest Surrey runners. Sandilands clubhouse and grounds make it a lovely, relaxed location with option of a beer afterwards! Date of review: April 9, 2013
In short: Well organised low key local race In full: A little bit more hilly than expected, a few short sharp ones that hurt at the end. Two loops so you have to do them twice as well! Otherwise was well organised, some support but fairly low key. Enjoyed it as lived locally but probably wouldnt travel too far for it. Date of review: April 9, 2013
In short: The best marshalled evernt I've had the pleasure to take part in In full: Great race. The marshalls were absolutely fantastic. Well thought out route and good facilities. Surprisingly even the weather was good as well. Date of review: April 8, 2013
In short: Well organised enjoyable half In full: This was a very well organised enjoyable half. It was a double loop which makes it great for chasing a fast time and it was reasonably flat. Went through nice parts of Croydon and has changed my perception of the borough. Date of review: April 7, 2013