In short: Excellent Half Marathon In full: Great value, good souvenir in time for winter (fluro t-shirt), excellent marshals, tough but fast course and top-notch facilities... Only complaint was water, I'd prefer cups as I just have a few sips, so seemed a waste to throw most of a 500ml bottle of water... Thanks again, see you next year... Date of review: September 28, 2012
In short: Nice race, got a PB! In full: Bargain race with all abilities catered for... Fantastic facilties pre & post race... Splendid support on the route... Excellent Race memento, a golden trainer...
(one gripe, needed a marshall right at the end to guide runners onto the running track; saw several runners run up to barrier then have to make detour around it) Date of review: July 23, 2012
In short: This is how they should be done... In full: Wow... What can I say, superb race, challenging course with "undulations" superb organisation (water stations, baggage store, showers, excellent support, sweeties, locals, this is how they should be done. Some of the BIG race should come to Halstead to see how it's done... AND cheap as chips (less than pound a mile, they'll put the p[rice up now LOL!!!)... And a PB!! Well done everyone and look forward to next time... Date of review: May 14, 2012
In short: Wow... That hill... 3 times!!! In full: Excellent race despite the rain, laps meant I could pop in to race hq to get long sleeve as I was freezing, and use facilities... Support fantastic despite/because of weather, narwhals enthusiastic and a lovely technical tshirt in the size asked for makes this a great race... Thank you Essex 20 Date of review: March 5, 2012
In short: An excellent spring half In full: A nice challenging course, definitely undulating, but lots of people got PBs... Steady up and cane the downs... No fuss, no big fanfare, excellent marshalling & support and excellent bunch of other runners... Thanks WGEL Date of review: February 27, 2012
In short: Wot no mud? Have to do with the Wind instead... In full: 1st time at Benfleet 15... The cross country bits around the downs were great, the sea wall coming east to west very challenging, effort repaid with satisfaction at job well done.
Marshalls excellent, well stocked stations with goodies (mars bar, custard creams, jelly babies) and friendly racers.
Bit of a queue at one stile when we could've gone through a gate (which some/most people did), but next stile resulted in correct & proper british queuing at it's finest.
If you found a wedding ring, let me know. Date of review: January 23, 2012
In short: Keep it up Dr Robert... Fnarrr! In full: Again a brilliant race, the extra roady bit was uphill, brilliant... And excellent new hills by making us run up then down, then up again!!! Who'd've thought of that!!! Excellent fancy dress, cheese rolls, medal, shirt (when I get one, Dr Robert ALWAYS delivers!), mug, Roblets and especially marshalls. Ian - "Hawaiian Dude" with maracas... Date of review: January 2, 2012
In short: A great race... In full: ...but could be tougher!! Maybe due to "mud-alley" being withdrawn, but the rutting and muddiness of some of the tracks made it technical enough and some nice open track allowed speed to bebuilt up to compensate. Nice & friendly and a great mug, different colour to last years, so what's next years colour? See you next November! Date of review: November 23, 2011
In short: Excellent Race, got a PB In full: A nice, quick, busy race, couldn't believe how packed it was, very busy up to the business park (9miles), then spread out from there. Ticks all the boxes, excellent atmosphere and friendly people on the course and spectating and nice t-shirt & medal. Thanks Stroud. Date of review: October 25, 2011
In short: Thanks Ware, see you next year... In full: Nice 2 lap course virtually traffic free, so many friendly marshals, couple of hills at the beginning if each lap, then pancake flat, nice tec-shirt and lots of sports pop, brilliant cake stand... Date of review: October 16, 2011