In short: Still one of my favourite races!! And a new half marathon PB In full: Another wonderful morning spent in West London for my 2nd Ealing Half Marathon. I was doing two half marathons this day and Ealing was the first of the two. Everything was brilliant and exceeded the excellent high standards of the 2014 run. Friendly atmosphere, marshals really helpful, wonderful crowd support from the people of Ealing and a new gorgeous medal. The plan was to run this one as fast as I could so I could make my train for the Windsor Half and this year I just flew round. Previous PB of a half marathon being 1:28:29 & for Ealing in 2014 I clocked a 1:32:38 so delighted to have smashed both with a 1:27:06.
Must give a mention as well to the fantastic team on their Twitter and Facebook page as well as the constant monthly emails of news, tips and other handy information always keeping everyone really well informed. Also, can't forget the complimentary car sticker that I received! My Dad now has that car sticker in his car!
Will this win half marathon of the year again? Don't be surprised to see this as the winner next year... Date of review: October 8, 2015
In short: Brilliant atmosphere and superbly organised. In full: This has got to be one of the best half marathons around, if not the best. The atmosphere is great all around the course with the locals out in support oranges and jelly babies and extra drinks. The organisation is superb, proper drinks bottles at five different drink stops, none of the silly cups, fabulous medal, plenty of pacers for different times, there's so much going for this run. OK so there are some challenging hills, but the serious ones are over after about mile 8, so dig in for the finish in the park with plenty of people cheering you on. Date of review: October 5, 2015
In short: 'Virtual goody bag' a bit of a con In full: After paying 40 squid to enter a HM I feel the 'virtual goody bag' is a bit of a con and an excuse to spam me. Vouchers which can only be used local to Ealing are no good if you don't live there. Race was well organised and great atmosphere. Note to other runners: if you decide to cheat by cutting corners please give way to those who don't cheat. Date of review: October 3, 2015
In short: Perfect organisation and terrific course In full: Organisation was perfect. Baggage drop-off was simple. Start pens not too crowded and regular drink stations. It is a twisty-turny course which I really liked. A bit bumpy but no super challenging hills. Uphills countered by downhills so a PB is possible. Support was brilliant. This is my 10th half overall and this was one of my favourites. Would definitely do this again. Date of review: October 2, 2015
In short: Ealing Half delivers again In full: Great organisation, top-notch marshalls and enthusiastic crowds. It feels like the residents of Ealing enjoy this Half as much as the runners do. The miles simply flew by (except on the uphills!). Date of review: October 1, 2015
In short: Fantastic race, Got my PB! In full: First time that I've actually raced this course and the atmosphere was fantastic, the miles flew by and I was delighted to have picked up a PB. Organisation was like clockwork, sunshine, great crowds, couldn't ask for more. Date of review: October 1, 2015
In short: A fun closed road race with great crowd support and organisation In full: As it was actually my PB after dozens of Half Marathons, I should really give it more. But it clearly has hills and undulates. That said, most are in the first 3 miles so you get them out of the way early. After that there's the short steep Greenford avenue but at mile 10 you know it's downhill overall. So psychologically, it's not a bad one at all. There are barely any turns that cause true speed loss. So not bad for PB and you actually see quite a lot of Ealing. Other than the slight doubt about the course PB potential, the rest is fantastic. Closed roads, pretty constant cheering crowds, some bands, good organisation, good volunteers. The best of my 50 or so I've done across different countries (though I declare a small bias, living in Ealing) Date of review: September 30, 2015