In short: Worst city marathon I have done In full: Luckily I didn't get caught up in the baggage issues, but the rest of the organisation was not good. But trying to be fair here is my thoughts positive and negative. Positive:- A flatish course and good opportunity to see friends a few times. Roads are closed to traffic. If you don't mind out and backs you can see fellow runners on the other side of the road. Negative:- If roads are closed you don't need cones all over the place in the middle of the running side of the road so runners were falling over them. Lack of marshals and coordination at the start. Not enough people on water stops to hand out water. Finish was too busy, couldn't move, difficult to find the way out. Only water on route and some SIS gels, not to everyone's taste, thank goodness for lots of jelly babies from the crowds. Not one I shall be back to try again. Date of review: April 12, 2016
In short: One of the best smaller races I have done In full: The support and organisation for what is a smallish race was first class. Great medal, goody bag, drink stations. And as for scenery, the best country lanes with hardly a car to interrupt. Wasn't sure about 2 lots of figure of 8, but meant I saw my supporters 6 times. Well done to the Halstead runners club. Date of review: May 13, 2014
In short: A well organised race with a great feel to it. In full: Have done this race once before and it has improved since, support and marshelling has always been excellent, but now with chip timeing, water bottles and better toilets. A great start behind a marching band, and even though I was in costume so started near the back it was still well supported. Weather was perfect, the hills did not seem so bad either!! Date of review: March 26, 2010
In short: Always a great starting race for the year In full: Even better this year, it might have been cold but at least the wind stayed away. The organisation and support was great with water bottles and great prizes as a bonus. I always bring new runners getting ready for London and will continue to do so. Thanks to everyone involved. Date of review: February 14, 2010
In short: A good well supported event In full: The weather added a little more to the challenge of this excellent run. Always well supported, well organised and well marshelled. The course starts with some small up hills, then drops for a faster middle section, then a final uphill finish. The prize varies every year and I quite like the mug, as I have my hot tea I will remember the wet and windy conditions!
In short: A magnificent race through outstanding scenery, I enjoyed every bit. In full: Having completed the Picinc earlier in the year I was worry that this might be nearly as bad, but without all those steps keeping a rythem going was much easier. It was good fun trying to follow the trail of green marks and tape and don't think I took any wrong turns. The organisation was brillient, the marshels very encouraging and helpful. The venue for the start and finish helped greatly being able to shower then a full English to start recovery. Everybody was very friendly and my Union Jack outfit generated much cheering by supports and the public around the course. I hope this is not the only time this race is organised and would seriously contemplate another go, not to beat my time but to enjoy the views along the way again.
Thanks Dr Rob and everybody who made our day one to remember. Date of review: October 26, 2009
In short: A great event, tough it really is but it is so well run and supported. In full: This had it all, thank goodness it wasn't too hot, those steps are real killers and when you know you have more to come.... some great runs through the woods, plenty of water stops with sweets. Marshalls were brillient, very supportive. From starting with God Save the Queen to finishing with applause and a real picnic this has to be the best run I have ever done.
In short: A great race for all abilities In full: This race has it all for all types of runners. A carnival atmosphere at the start, a fun run for family members, but for the 10 mile you have a few inclines to get the heart rate up, small county lanes and village roads where supports can see you a few times on the way round. Chip timing was a plesant surprise this year. The weather made things a bit more damp than was plesant but that's Britain for you. I'll be back next year. Date of review: May 18, 2009
In short: Great place, great race, Great Bentley In full: This years changes including the chip timing really worked. Everything about the race makes it a fantastic event what ever the weather. Spectators can see the runners several times without going very far, and everyone is very friendly and helpful. This is a great race to start on the road to the London Marathon and I shall be back in 2010 with more rookey runners. Date of review: February 9, 2009
In short: One of the best, smaller but friendly, marathons out there. In full: What a day! The event is so well supported by local clubs and as you wind round the country lanes there are pockets of friends and supporters who cheer eveyone on. The heat was exceptional so the pace was slower than normal and I was glad to see I wasn't the only one suffering the last few miles. I would like to thank all those that marshelled and help organise such a great event. See you next year... Date of review: May 12, 2008