In short: Excellent and professional race organization, fast and traffic-free route In full: Marshals along the route were very professional, fast and traffic-free route with first 3-4 kms + final 3-4 kms on the flat Mercedes-Benz test track. Great event for runners and for spectators (they can sit at the Mercedes-Benz Centre's coffee shop near the start-finish. Byfleet rail station just 15-20 mins walk from the start. Date of review: March 31, 2014
In short: Great run. Fab facilities. Enjoyable route In full: For me, this was a great race. The route was varied and helped by perfect weather for running. The last 2 miles back on the track were a bit of a drag but at least we knew what to expect. The start was fine as there were not huge numbers but could end up being chaotic with more runners. The Weybridge residents who did come out so early with the clocks changing were very supportive, even the man in his dressing gown. I really enjoyed my day and hope this race continue to grow. Well done 2.09 Date of review: March 30, 2014
In short: A well organised event at such a prestigious and historic location. In full: A well organised event at such a prestigious and historic location. I think we were also very fortunate with the weather. This time last year I ran the Cranleigh 21 and it was bitterly cold.
For an inaugural event I thought the organisation was impeccable. After a long gap of no half-marathons in north-west Surrey there is suddenly an influx. The Surrey Half marathon, three weeks ago, probably eclipsed this event and now we hear that there is another in October from Walton on Thames.
The road closures meant that there was plenty of room to run at the start of the race towards Webridge station. Not only was the route cleverly designed so as to keep the closures to a minimum but the use of a professional company to marshal the junctions was an interesting, but presumably expensive concept, and because of the extraordinary early start there did not seem to be any visible issues with either upset residents or irate motorists. (See letter in the Woking News and Mail this week to see how some residents were perturbed with road closures during the Surrey Half).
Perhaps on the negative side I was surprised there was no race clock at ten miles or even intermediate timing mats to deter cheating along the course. At the Great North Run you spot the finish gantry one mile away, but at Brooklands when you joined the former airfield strip you could see the finish gantry clearly but still had two miles to run – this was most agonising.
Having the use of the excellent facilities (catering, toilets, chairs) at Mercedes building was an added bonus.
I hope you will continue to hold this in future years – though clearly there were enormous costs involved – road closures, hire of Mercedes complex, payment to marshals for car parking and traffic control. At the Surrey Half the capacity of the roads was probably at a maximum, but at NO stage during the event, even doing the “Swiss-roll” during the first two miles, did I feel my running was restricted by the volume of runners, so plenty of room for additional runners in 2015 and beyond.
I am just wondering, if there are many adverse comments about the tedium of the two miles at the start and finish, what I call the swiss-roll, would it be possible to amend the route slightly so that you arrange to run through the Brooklands Museum site which is accessible by an adjacent gate? This would make the race a very unique course indeed.
Brooklands has been famous for motor racing, cycling (both pedal and motor) all pre-war, and it may be worth trying to make a play the historic connections with these endurance sports and saying that this continues in the form of an annual half-marathon in the twenty first century.
In short: Great event - lovely venue, fun running on the race test track for first and last few miles, nice flat course, great one for spectators, loved it! Would highly recommend. Date of review: March 30, 2014
In short: Great organisation & T shirt, bit pricey but would do it agin In full: Nasty early start at 8am when the clocks go forward as well, but good to finish at a reasonable time so have the rest of the day with family. Great café and facilities at Brooklands. Race well organised and nice technical t shirt. Would do again as on my doorstep with closed roads. I'm sure will get bigger each year. Date of review: March 30, 2014