In short: Excellent, well-organised and welcoming race for the running and non-running community In full: There was barely a street corner or front garden that didn't have somebody leaning out to lend their support and cheer on the runners. A real Ealing success story and local landmark for the town to be proud of and a great day out for runners of all levels. Friendly, well-organised, will be back next year! Date of review: October 21, 2013
In short: Warm friendly race, recommended but disappointed they ran out of t-shirts in smaller sizes In full: The sun shined down against the odds on this flat, friendly race with lovely and supportive marshalls. It is a chip timed event except that it's worth being aware that the chip only registers when you cross the finish line. This is due to the fact that they can only close the roads at the start for a short period of time, letting runners out of the holding area just before the gun goes off. So when it does, you don't want to be at the back of the crowd and take ages to cross the start if you're looking for an accurate official chip time! That said, it didn't take too long to get over the start line and there was lots of room to overtake as soon as you got going. It was nice to run along the river with a little bit of footpath/trail thrown in for a lovely autumn race.
The only disappointment for many of us was that they had run out of the famous finishers' technical t-shirts (in lieu of a medal) in smaller sizes by the time we got to the end. Given that we were nowhere near the back of the pack, it would be nice to see them allocated differently in future or to order more of the mediums (it was mainly women who had to settle for a large). I wouldn't mind if it were a cotton one as I sleep in them but a long-sleeved technical top would be ideal to run in, if only it weren't so enormous! Date of review: October 21, 2013
In short: PB potential was the only saving grace but rip off - organisers could learn the basics from smaller races In full: Flat as a pancake course, but then so is an athletics track and I wouldn't do multiple laps of one of those for £27. I'd have jumped into the lake through boredom except that it was so windy, I wouldn't have succeeded. Car parking dramas as others have said, no proper announcements system, and did anybody other than my friend and I find that the course was 0.1 mile too long? Could've been both our Garmins...)
There are far better-organised (by smaller running clubs/organisers) race events than this that are better value for money. For what we were paying, I felt utterly ripped off by the whole event.
(Thank you to the lovely marshalls, though) Date of review: February 21, 2012
In short: They could learn from organisers of the July NSPCC MK Half In full: Pros: Don't get a much flatter course than Milton Keynes so good PB potential. Nice, quality t-shirt if you wanted to pay Â£16 for it - same as you'd pay in a Nike store but good and personal to the race. Medal was nice too.
Cons: Chaos at the start (better signage and announcements that people can hear please), don't hide the course route within the website so supporters can't print it off and better marshaling needed! Poor value for money considering no goody bag and we only got water around the course (four stations of it - what, no energy drink? Not even at the end?!)
The organisers of the NSPCC half marathon in July have been getting it right for years. Would it hurt Nike's pride too much to take a leaf out of their book with regards to the course and organisation? Date of review: March 7, 2010
In short: great intro for first-timer looking for some forgiving hills In full: Well-organised, great value for money (adidas technical t-shirt will last for ages). The hills weren't too bad and would make a good race for anyone looking to upgrade from pancake-flat courses to something more undulating - and every hill has a good descent as a reward. Date of review: June 15, 2008
In short: This flat course that should be in everyone's race calendar In full: This is a great half which my dad and I both ran and we'll definitely be back next year. It's the first truly flat half I've done and it gave me an opportunity to really see what I could do.
However, my tip to organisers would be to get chip timing. As this race is such a popular flat course with excellent PB potential, I reckon runners would pay a couple of extra quid for accurate timing. Instead my manually recorded time (when it appears on the website - where are the results, Monday night?) will be about a minute off my true time since it took that long to cross the start line.
I'm glad to read other people's commets about the last mile as I thought it was just me. I was on track for my first sub-2hr half marathon until I got to the 12-mile marker and then it just seemd impossible and I lost several minutes. Maybe it was the only hill of the course and we just weren't prepared for it?
Thanks for a great race! Date of review: July 24, 2007
In short: Just enough hills to leave a smile on your face! In full: Great race, good marshalling, enough hills to make it a challenge. Only recommendation for next time is to put the second drinks station a little sooner: after a partciularly hilly section, many of us were anticipating a water stop, but it was a long time coming. Then, when I thought drinks were in sight, there were wet sponges (nice touch but not as important as water. The sign said water in sponges should not be drunk ("water, water everywhere but not a drop to drink"). The drinks station followed not too far afterwards, but please can we have it sooner next time? Otherwise, a great day! Date of review: February 5, 2007
In short: Nice race, shame about the chip In full: Good race day for a group of riends, ebncouraging friendly rivalry. Pity my chip didn't work either - race organisers should be accessible to runners who feel let down but Nike are up in their ivory tower on this one for those who were let down by the chip, refusing to give out any contact details other than an email address. Date of review: October 9, 2006