In short: Great organisation and atmosphere, challenging route In full: My fourth year at Ipswich HM, really enjoyed it again. Fantastic support and organisation. Lots of variation of scenery makes it interesting route even with 2 laps. I'll possibly give it a miss next year because of the hills and lack of PB potential, but would certainly recommend to others to try at least once. Date of review: September 28, 2013
In short: Well organised, very friendly, loved it In full: My first time running this half marathon and I was very impressed. An unusual route in that it is 2 loops and comes in and out of the park, and twists around several paths as it goes through, but that meant that the rather enthusiatic crowd support was there every step of the way and the atmosphere was great. Lots of people (jokingly) complained about the hills, there were one or two, but I didn't find it that hard and managed to take 5 minutes off my previous best time. Organisation was tip top, I can't fault anything about the race. Overall I was very impressed, and I really can't wait until next year! Date of review: September 28, 2013
In short: A Great Race In full: This is the first time I've entered Ipswich Half Marathon and was not left disappointed. Organisation was first class, with free parking, number registration, baggage storage and starting the race on time. Nice to see Colin Jackson, starting the race, a great boost to everyone who was running. Route was lapped in places and criss crosssed the park where the race had started. A challenging hill had to be negotiated twice and one or two smaller climbs. However, there was a bit of downhill as well! I claimed my third quickest time over the distance, so was pleased. On finishing, received a nice medal, cereal bar, water and bannana. I think I paid under £20 for the race, which having paid this year £25 for some half marathons, I see this as a bargain. Well done all concerned. Date of review: September 25, 2013
In short: extremely well organised and friendly. Excellent value for money. In full: This was my fourth time and new course this year, which was hard and challenging. Very well supported by the publi and manned by very hard working enthusiastic marshalls and Army cadet who all should be congratulated for making this event very enjoyable. The twisty section in the park was the only downside as it really disrupted the rythmn. Also missed the man with the hose pipe. Date of review: September 24, 2013
In short: Excellent organisation, great crowds, but not an easy course In full: The people of Ipswich really came out for this and the support was great all the way round, as was the marshalling and the organisation. However, it is quite an undulating course and the loops with all the twists and turns the organisers seem to have had to put in round the park to keep the race off the road can make it difficult to maintain a rhythm. Date of review: September 23, 2013
In short: Organisation on friedliness was excellent, some long hills that had to be tackled twice but challenging. In full: This was my first race and I had not run the half marathon distance in training. I understand this was a new course. The organisation was first class, registration, bag drop (and collection), water stations (bottles), marshalling was excellent and I just loved the whole atmosphere. Being my first race I have nothing to compare it to, I know some people thought it was hilly and yes, there were some killers but I kept running and I don't consider myself an expert. Food / energy snacks and water at the end. Oh yes and well staffed with St John's Ambulance. I will do this again. Date of review: September 22, 2013
In short: Twisty turny, not flat, great crowds, growing race In full: There were just over 1,000 runners this year, I think it was about 800 last year. My only gripe in what is a great race (admittedly only one mile from my front door) is the start. It isn't that close to the sports centre so a lot of people were walking to the start with a few minutes to spare. However the organisers did give plenty of warning in the sport centre.
There were start markers for pace, but I didn't see them as they were below head height on the left hand side of the start and you join the start from the right. I was too far back and passed a lot of people in the first mile! I should have been at the start earlier though.
It does twist and turn a bit for the first half of the race, especially near the town centre. I imagine that is to keep the road closures north of the town centre. The second half is in the countryside with more long straight sections.
Too some peoples surprise Ipswich isn't flat, but it's hardly the Lake District or the Pennines either.
The crowds were bigger and more enthusiastic this year. I don't know if that is a knock on from 2012 or just that the race is growing. The finish on the running track is great, even if the detour through the school grounds just before might come as a bit of a shock to anyone of think they are nearly there! Date of review: September 28, 2012
In short: dull start, but excellent finish! In full: Very good setup with plenty of parking close by. Start of the race is very early at 0900 on a Sunday, and starts rather drably through town and a housing estate. Lovely after about 8 miles though when it gets out into the countryside and through to the finish. Excellent goody bag, really well organised and very very friendly Date of review: September 24, 2012
In short: Enjoyable half marathon In full: This is my 5th half, but first time at Ipswich. Course undulating (my knee struggling on downhills at mo) and little twisty. Encouraging support from spectators and marshalls en route. Start was long way back up Sidegate Lane: once I'd parked, walked all way to Sports Centre to pick up number and use toilet, had to run (!) back to start line. Think that needs to be highlighted in emails. You need to get there early! Plus couldn't see any "time pens" at start, nor work out when I'd passed start line. Was little stressed at beginning....hate to start in anxious state! But once settled into race, had good water stations (great to have bottles rather than cups) and nice atmosphere at finish. Loved meeting Olympic Torchbearers. My kids also did the fun run and loved that (esp getting a medal and t-shirt. Thanks) Date of review: September 24, 2012