In short: Twisty and hilly but good atmosphere In full: Overall it is a good race. Very well organised, closed road race with a great atmosphere and decent crowds. A couple of words of caution though. For those looking for a PB this is not the ideal race, despite the marketing suggesting it is. Far too many turns and hills. But if you want a closed road run, with good crowds and atmosphere then this is well worth trying Date of review: October 14, 2016
In short: My favourite race through the closed roads and parks of Ealing In full: What can I say...I love this race and have run all 5. It doesn't surprise me that it has won the award for best half 3 years running as the organisation is faultless and the race is clearly run by runners for runners. What makes it special though is the community feel...from the vicars handing out water (all the churches on route are water stations), to the annual street party at mile 5 (where residents make the most of being on a closed road), to impromptu bands and teen djs in front gardens, to locals supporting in pjs with cups of tea!. The course is definitely undulating, but that means plenty of downhills too and the atmosphere for the last km as you run back into the park to the finish always makes me feel like a celebrity! I'll be entering for 2017 as soon as entries open. This is definitely a race not to be missed.
In short: A surprisingly hilly half which benefits from good organisation In full: The half has a good feel to it at beginning and end. Scenery varies so that's good. It's surprisingly hilly for London and needs respect in preparation. Marshaling, water stations, and signage are great as is the welcome and commentary at end. Support is a bit patchy but it's good for quite a relatively new race. The end was a bit too twisty and the run in the park seemed never ending after all the work on the rest of the course, again treat with respect and it wouldn't be too big a problem. I would not have wanted this to be my first half as it is definitely on the harder side of things. Glad I did it. Date of review: October 3, 2016
In short: The best road half marathon by far In full: I have debated doing Ealing for a number of years, I'm so glad I finally did! It's not an easy course by any means, there are plenty of hills to challenge you and I quite liked the twists and turns. The organisation and support was fab. My local half in Reading could learn a thing or two! Would highly recommend. Date of review: September 30, 2016
In short: Justifiably the best half marathon in the UK In full: I love everything about this race; from the atmosphere, to the seamless organisation, to the way the event is embraced so wholeheartedly by the local community - resulting in fantastic support on the course, to the friendliest marshals I have encountered and the joy of running on closed roads.
I look forward to running in 2017. Well don EHM. Date of review: September 29, 2016
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