In short: Great half marathon for all; nice community feel to it. In full: Very enjoyable day out on Hackney Marshes - well organised, nice support from the volunteers and friendly feel to the whole run. Laps are ok, there's only 6 of them and its pancake flat so fast potential. Fell slightly short on distance according to the Garmin. Date of review: August 22, 2010
In short: Royal Parks lives up to high standard from last year... In full: Having thoroughly enjoyed this race in 2008 I was delighted to get a place in the fiercely contested online scramble to get in for 2009. This year was once again a superbly organised event showcasing many of the best sights that London has to offer. Excellent organisation and the friendliest and most supportive marshalls I've come across. Plenty of water, never too crowded and great support in the parks. The baggage drop was slow this year but that's down to London underground delaying me more than anything else. More loos this year so great to see them take on feedback from last year and the freebies at the end capped it off perfectly. Will be back for 2010 all being well. Date of review: October 11, 2009
In short: Lovely run and well organised, encouraging support in the villages! In full: Very enjoyable run and glorious weather. Fast start probably caught a few out - a few slow climbs and was slightly caught out by the rise in the final mile but PB of 1:34 in only my 3rd half-marathon. Great preparation for Paris marathon in 3 weeks. Be aware of cars but no problems. Date of review: March 15, 2009
In short: Credit to the organisers and marshalls/volunteers In full: Very well run race and an ideal training route for those in pre-marathon countdown mode. Fast too - beat my PB by about 6 minutes and I was expecting worse hills than I got. Not sure if I will do it again but will certainly recommend it for beginners. Well done organisers. Date of review: February 23, 2009
In short: Great advert for getting into running In full: My first half-marathon & I loved it! Beautiful day, superb route, very, very well organised and just the right amount of people so had no problems with overcrowding unlike the recent Nike 10k.
Very pleased with my time of 1:43:30 though I registered 13.55miles on my garmin!
Definitely keen to do it again next year, the freebies and excellent facilities at the end just capped it off for me. Date of review: October 13, 2008