In short: It gets better every year! In full: I have done this 5 years running now and can't fault it. The organisation is impeccable and the community support is superb. There are a few hills but that means a fair bit of downhill too and the cheering and music along the route does wonders for getting you around. Date of review: September 28, 2016
In short: One of the best local events I've done In full: I ran this race while on a weekend visit to London from Washington DC. EHM deserves its vaunted status. It’s not the fastest course ever, but the community engagement is fantastic, and the organization is impeccable. There seems to be an east-west ridge that passes through Ealing, and the route makes two trips across that ridge and back. That’s where the 4 main climbs come from. The other ups and downs on the course profile are barely noticeable. The hills are over by mile 8, and hopefully your legs aren’t also finished at that point. Unordered list of things that I liked. Water bottles instead of water cups: makes it possible to keep running and to get enough to drink. Big community turn-out all along the route: almost makes up for those hills. Better than usual loo provisions at the start. Race-day packet pick up for international participants. Wonderful baggage drop volunteers: one of them found my bag and walked out to meet me before I even arrived. Pacer groups at 5-minute intervals (though as far as I could tell, the ones I was keeping in my sights weren’t adjusting their pace for the hills). Lammas Park: great venue for start and finish, and very easy walk to Northfields Tube station. Date of review: September 28, 2016
In short: Did not believe they could beat last year but the organisers, the volunteers and the community made this a race day that will live long in the memory. In full: Somehow this race achieves just the right mix of organisation and a true community spirit.
The ATC kids at the bag drop rock. Polite and amazingly organised. Bag ready before I even reached the tent. The army of marshals care about their event and showcasing their community and also about having a fun day. As a result the start and finish were as organised as any like sized event I've entered and everyone had time to make conversation. The community turned out in force and the churches, the bands, the choirs and the general public all gave the runners real support, both verbal and in confectionary and liquid form. The addition of names on race numbers made the support even more personal and warm. The course is undulating but I have managed a PB both years I've run so it has to be possible for anyone. I hope this event continues for a very long time. If I can't run it I will volunteer. It looks like everyone's having a blast the other side of the ropes. Date of review: September 27, 2016
In short: Gets better every year - so many friendly-faced volunteers In full: This year was the fifth Ealing Half and my fifth participation. The organisation was always pretty good, but they really have got it nailed now. It's a fairly narrow start for nearly 4000 runners, so it takes some time for the whole field to get across the line, but there are plenty of flag carrying pace runners, so you can start alongside people of a similar pace and it's chip-timed, so it doesn't matter that you might begin several minutes after the gun. The course is undulating and somewhat suburban along closed roads, with some pretty parks and some boring bits. From the first edition, local churches along the route got involved as water stations and this only seems to have got better, with the addition of jelly babies, orange segments, music and other forms of encouragement! The advantage of the race passing through residential areas is that there are enthusiastic supporters clustered all along the route; the level of support has noticeably grown each year. First names on the race numbers this year resulted in loads of friendly shouts from official marshalls (there were loads of them) and spectators alike. Must have worked - I got a PB! All in all, it's a great community event and a good race for all capabilities of runner. Well done to the organisers! Date of review: September 27, 2016
In short: Fantastic organisation and atmosphere In full: It's my local race so I love seeing so many familiar faces en route. Even without that home advantage though, the crowds, the closed roads and the bands make this a great race. Great organisation on all fronts - e.g. Bag drop, finish line, plenty of water in bottles to name but a few. No doubt there are a few hilly sections, but you barely notice them really with the crowd support. EHM 2016 just knocked EHM 2015 into second place in my all time favourite half marathons. Date of review: September 26, 2016
In short: Gets better and better every year In full: There's a reason why runners keep coming back to West London, this race really captures the best of Community spirit in London.
Organisation was as smooth as ever, bag drop volunteers were brilliant and friendly before the race, after the race they already had my bag ready before I reached the tent - brilliant.
Plentiful portaloos, I visited a few times and didn't wait more than a few minutes.
Start line moments away from race village, perfect.
From the start the spectators seemed to have upped their game this year, Ealing seemed to be ever more proud of this award winning event and really cheered their hearts out. This years race numbers included runners first names, I heard my name being called out by spectators regularly over the 13 miles.
I knew the course so had no problem with the undulations and knew when to go easy and when to push on the downhills.
Coming back into Lammas park for the final km was a wall of sound,I ran 10 minutes quicker than last year and smashed my PB.
Water stops were plentiful, supported by Ealing's churches. Race village was excellent post race and a great atmosphere.
Do this race, you won't be disappointed, get the EalingFeeling ! Date of review: September 26, 2016
In short: An amazing event for the whole community In full: My fourth Ealing half and yet again the atmosphere around the whole course was electric (I was bit confused by the review by John Stone3 as there is no John Stone on the results list; the spectators at Ealing half were having far too good a time to read a book - cheering the runners, handing out jelly babies, waving from their front doors or upstairs windows, holding their own parties (the smell of a barbecue from one group of spectators was very distracting), dancing to the bands and generally enjoying the event and the atmosphere. I had a wobble at about mile 9 when I was feeling tired but a kind marshal checked that I wasn't injured or otherwise needed to stop and then encouraged me on my way so that I was able to get back to running and finish the race. Despite that wobble, I really enjoyed the race because of the amazing support - not a brilliant time but not a personal worst either. I loved the buzz of the race village too. Race pack collection is tricky but people were warned to expect queues. Having all the toilets in one area simplifies queuing arrangements and the location by the start meant that people did not need to worry about getting from the toilets to the start of the race - the walk to the toilets from other areas of the village was no worse than at London marathon. Overall, Ealing half was my first big race and set an extremely high standard which not many other races meet. As this rating form asks, this is my all-time favourite race. Date of review: September 26, 2016
In short: amazing race In full: It was super organised. The volunteers and the local people were supportive. It was my first Half Marathon, and I enjoyed from the beginning to the end. I was proud to be part of such as incredible event. I will do it again next year. I have just loved it! Date of review: September 26, 2016