In short: Another triumph for the ETL Team In full: After initially suggesting to some club friends we team up for the relay someone piped up and said we should all do the whole thing, only after signing up did they bail so two of us were left with the scary prospect of doing all 14 and a bit miles!
The race wasn't actually as suicidal as I was expected, not to say it wasn't damn tough though! The beautiful scenery, ample very encouraging marshals with lots of very well stocked water/fuel stations made this a joy to take part in. Like every ETL event I have done in the past the organisation was faultless and has a real feeling of being organised by runners, for runners. Date of review: November 24, 2013
In short: Another excellent running of the Spitfire In full: Third time doing this race and as ever well organised, absolutely excellent marshalls, plenty of water stations with gels/jelly babies and medal that could knock a few teeth out! Highly recommended! Date of review: March 19, 2012
In short: Lived up to its reputation! In full: £20 entry fee affiliated for a well organised race with copious friendly marshalls, lots of water stations, a medal *and* a technical tshirt. A touch challenge but not impossible and some great scenery, a lovely change from multiple laps round small North London parks! Date of review: June 19, 2011
In short: What a difference compared to Run to the Beat last week! In full: Race well signposted, easy parking, picking up my race number took just a couple of minute. Bit of a queue for the loo but that was the only minor issue. Despite having to stand out in atrocious weather for 4+ hours the marshalls were fab, shouting encouragement and just generally looking happy to be there which can't be easy when it's windy, cold and peeing with rain! Fellow runners were also a lovely bunch, at one point we had 4 of us all running together round the race track. Lots of water/jelly baby/gel stations and the post race Mars bar and training calendar were very much appreciated. And at £18 for an affiliated entry an absolute bargain! Date of review: October 3, 2010
In short: Thought this was supposed to be a "Music Half Marathon"?? In full: Firstly there was the transport issues, waiting on the platform at Green Park for a Jubilee Line train for 30 minutes. Get there and had to ask where to go as signage not brilliant. Trying to leave again after the race, we gave up and went to get a coffee and a sandwich while waiting for the queue to go down. The route was pretty dull, some was the same as the London Marathon but backwards and without anyone cheering you on was just depressing. The marshalls just looked bored, took time hunting around to find where you were supposed to deposit your timing chip at the end, the "goodies" at the end in lieu of a bag were just a free for all, essentially their excuse of "environmentally friendly" really just meant they couldn't be bothered to sort them out. The music which was supposed to carry you around seemed very sparse and most of the race was run in eerie silence. For the price you pay I cannot see any reason why I would choose this over a well organised local race.
In summary. Don't bother. Date of review: September 26, 2010