In short: As well organised as ever ! In full: A top quality event. Its quite a tough route with sneaky inclines and a quite punishing wind in places. However, from the moment you pull up on the car park everything is so smoothly done by all involved who go out their way to help the runners. The marshalls on the route and the pockets of supporters are very supportive which really does help you get round. The finish area is great too and a special mention to the people who do the baggage facility-excellent work, I was in the shower within minutes of crossing the finish line. It makes a refreshing change to have such facilities and care for the runners once they have completed the race-well done to all. This is a top event and a sincere thankyou to everyone involved in making a great day out and well worth my 300+ miles round trip so worthwhile. Keep up the good work, see you next year. PS excellent goody bag, not keen on the pink t shirt though !! cheers all. Date of review: May 12, 2014
In short: great event ! In full: Last did this event in 2012, this event is great and very well organised. Everything runs like clockwork and is so runner friendly its a big congratulations to everyone involved. The pre and post race facilities are excellent and the bag drop/collection at the leisure centre worked a treat and the showers were great too. Why cant all events look after the runners this way and treat them so well ? The hoody was great and looks cool, however the goody bag was a bit sparse compared to the last time I did this event although the cheese cob was great ! Massive well done to all involved in organising a top class event-days like this are what makes running so enjoyable. Great stuff, keep it up. Date of review: March 10, 2014
In short: Fantastic day In full: A truly fantastic day-one of the best. Done over 100 marathons at over 60 venues and this ranks towards the very top. Absolutely everything works so well, very good pre race info and such a special atmosphere on race day and loads of extra little touches you don't get elsewhere. The marshalls/volunteers were excellent and very encouraging all the way round. The only thing you could possibly fault was the 24 mile marker being nowhere near where it should have been but that is me being very very picky. Top class event-already entered for 2014. Well done to everyone involved-brilliant !
In short: Improvements needed. In full: A few constructive comments if I may. Firstly, why was the start delayed ?? Was standing towards the front of the start area and people were ambling about-on mobiles etc etc at 9.40-hello, race starts 9.30 so this was not good. The route was good and drinks although water only were frequent and well supplied. I thought the last bit from the high street to the finish line was very poor and slightly dangerous, cars driving towards tired runners in a very narrow lane is never a good idea. The t shirt and medal were both good and there were plenty of drinks too so well done. My final point is the showers/changing-they were a bit limited and not really suitable at all for the ladies were they ? Also, perhaps next time someone could sweep them out before race day-my feet were filthy from caked mud when I came out the shower, not ideal. Overall, a decent event that could be improved.
In short: Top quality event In full: Not done Halstead for 4 years, and I will not be waiting 4 years to return. Possibly the best marshalling I have seen and that was just the tip of the iceberg. Every aspect of this race was organised so well cannot suggest anything to improve it. The bag storage was fantastic, well done there and I was in a warm shower within minutes of finishing the race. I massively congratulate all those involved in making such a great day out-fantastic. To end on a slight negative, poor that some runners were chatting etc during the minutes silence for Boston-clearly they did not read the instructions OR worse, ignored them.
In short: thank God it stayed dry ! In full: A decent event which was well organised but the bag drop was not great, it should have been marshalled I think. My bag was dirty/muddy when I collected it-caused by other runners I presume who had not removed their muddy boots. Never had rum or brandy before during a race so that was different. I thought the first drinks stop was too far from the start/finish area and was poorly organised on the outward loop. Personally, I thought the field was too big for the nature of the route but there you go. The conditions were terrible underfoot and was sorry to see several runners go over-not nice. To me, this race served a purpose but I much prefer road marathons and how people say this is a PB course I just dont get. Well done to all involved, and hopefully a nice sum was raised for a worthy cause. PS the hot shower was brilliant !! Date of review: December 24, 2012
In short: Lonely 2nd lap In full: My home town marathon and whilst the scenery and the route aint exactly top notch, this event is ok in my view. On the second lap it can get lonely and at times isolated but that is expected. For the entry fee, the rewards are good and the free hot shower makes such a difference- you dont get that at London do ya ? A few extra marshalls would be good and to be honest, the medal was c**p ! It aint even got the date/year on it,poor quality. Anyway, thanks to all involved today-well done. Date of review: September 3, 2012
In short: Too many vehicles en route. In full: Not an overly cheap entry fee but a lovely stadium finish and excellent post race facilities for the runners. In places, the scenery and views were just fantastic-with enthusiastic crowd support too. My only gripe really was thought a lot of the run was in the close company of traffic (in particular the last few miles) and although the drivers were considerate it is not ideal. Well done to everyone involved but adding up the entry fee, cost of flights and the hotel bill it was not a cheap weekend away. Date of review: August 31, 2012
In short: another great weekend in Isle of Man In full: another great event held by IOMVAC. a scenic but in places tough race but the facilities and rewards for the runners are top class-particularly for such a modest entry fee. my 6th visit here for this marathon and for sure will be here next year. cannot praise this event enough and I hope it continues to get support from all runners. a super buffet too, this is one of my annual favourites-well done everyone.