In short: Well organised, well supported, and harder than I expected! In full: I thought the twists and turns on the route would be troublesome but it was the 'undulations' which took me by surprise, constant ups and downs for the first ten miles then thankfully a flat final 3 miles to the finish. Genius idea of having big signs telling you which way the next turn was so you could always find your race line. Lovely little touches such as the signs welcoming runners from different countries. Agree that local support was amazing, second only to the London Marathon in my experience, and really fun - loved the guy standing at the end of his drive playing Chariots of Fire. Really feels like the organisers have put a lot of work into getting the local community on side and making this a great day out for everyone and it really works. Marshalls were fantastic too. Thanks to the marshall shouting 'only 15 minutes of running left!' near the end I managed to squeeze a pb. Was knackered at the end but will be back next year - the 25% discount to this year's runners is hard to resist. Well done to everyone involved. Date of review: October 12, 2014
In short: Fantastic local support + lovely race In full: Did this race last year and weather couldn't have been more different, hot and sunny - not best for running but made for great atmosphere. Lovely route along country lanes, really well supported by the locals, much improved finish and great marshals. Recommended. Date of review: March 16, 2014
In short: Terrific support despite awful weather In full: I really enjoyed this race the first five miles around the town flew by and meant that by the time you headed out into the country you were nearly half way (ish). Lovely little country roads must be lovely in good weather! Despite the cold and rain marshals were unfailingly cheerful and encouraging and so many locals came out to support - huge thanks to all involved. My second HM after the (overrated) Royal Parks half and pb'd by 7 minutes so I'm happy :).
Hopefully the locals will forgive us for turning Calthorpe Park into a mud bath ... Date of review: March 18, 2013
In short: Flat course great for beginners stepping up the distance In full: Only my second ever race after a Race for Life and I'm so chuffed to finish the 8 miler in a respectable time. Lovely first 3 miles to Hampton Court along the river then fairly boring roadside run to finish. Forget about the goody bag and head for the Ascis stall selling 40 quid shoes at the finish! Date of review: October 14, 2007