In short: Great race, great course, great organisation In full: My third Surrey half and the best course yet for me. Definitely undulating but nothing challenging and gives the legs something else to do rather than out and out flat road. we had no problem with loo queue, a bit of a wait but good to chat to fellow runners. Bag drop excellent and opportunity to keep warm inside until heading off to the pens. Loads of marshalls, less spectators than last year but it was much colder this year which probably explains it. A decent medal (I liked the ribbon - grey with white dash suggesting a road!...), banana, water and the fully closed roads are worth the price for me. I will be back next year. Date of review: March 16, 2016
In short: Excellent Half Marathon In full: They have tinkered with a few things this year compared to last. Firstly there were definitely fewer loos. But if you knew where they were positioned it wasn't too much of an issue. Secondly the course has been altered. This has made it slightly more undulating but you never get the feeling of a hill...more a gradual rise. It still remains a very smoothly organised race on fully closed wide roads with excellent local support its not flat but then again you do your pre-race research so you know what you are facing. Is it the biggest half in Surrey? Well in terms of organisation, closed roads, village and facilities I'd say it's right up there. You want wide closed roads and hassle free set up.....then choose Surrey. Date of review: March 15, 2016
In short: Not sure.... In full: I did this last year and thought it was great, advertised as flat and was. This year through course changes was double the elevation (still flat though - 318ft this year) however mile markers were random, Even allowing for GPS inaccuracies splits were between 0.8 and 1.2. That 8 mile marker though was way out.
For the money it just feels light, Probably the last time for me. Date of review: March 13, 2016
In short: Fast and well organised In full: When choosing my spring Half Marathons, I decided to go for just one of the more pricier 'full road closure' affairs and I'm reasonably glad I chose this one.
Well organised for 4000 runners and a very fast course. The ups and downs are very gentle so don't greatly affect your pace and it 'felt' like it was going down or flat more often then up. The mile markers were quite a bit wrong, which seems a bit poor for a race of this size but it didn't affect me as I was using my Garmin to keep pace. Water on course was in small plastic bottles - much better then cups. Nice race HQ, plenty of space. Medal is unique enough and has its own charactar. You have to pay if you want a tshirt but you get a banana, water and flapjack at the end, which is sufficient. In perfect running weather, I really enjoyed the race and took more than 40 secs off my PB. Would definitely recommend to others. Date of review: March 13, 2016
In short: Well organised with a traffic free fast course In full: I really enjoyed this race.. Organisation was good and I loved the course. Gently undulating with wide traffics free roads. I overheard one chap saying "how can they describe this as flat?" But really? It's the Surrey Hills.. I'm not sure the organisers could find a faster course if they tried. If you want truly flat.. Then try the sea front or an athletics track!
The queue to get into the sports centre to drop bags was quite long but nothing to bad and there several toilet areas.. Some With long queues so we headed for the main toilet block by the finish line and there was no queue at all. Maybe they just needed a bigger sign for this block?
The banana, flapjack and water at the end were welcome.. That's all I really need at the end of a race, not a 'goodie bag' full of leaflets and tea bag samples.
Well done Surrey Half.. See you next year! Date of review: March 13, 2016
In short: Good course, good atmosphere In full: My first half marathon of the year. I was running behind the 1:30 pacemaker for two miles and part of me thought "this is the year". One mile later fantasy met reality but I still enjoyed my home county race. I miss the Guildford part of the route. Date of review: March 13, 2016
In short: Surrey biggest half? In full: A big half with a good feel to it. Toilet queues were long, I gave up. Baggage queues were long too. Crowd support was good and it was good to run on closed roads but no way can they describe this as flat, its definitely undulating. Mile markers were all over the place - I ran a 4.40 mile followed by a 7.30! Medal was very boring - particularly the ribbon, dull grey! I dont think they can describe it as Surrey's biggest as several others are bigger, Hampton Court, Richmond etc Date of review: March 13, 2016