In short: Given elevation profile, surprisingly challenging In full: It was not my day & I struggled a bit but that was probably due to the warm weather. The support in the parks in Chelmsford was great, as was that in the lovely village of Writtle. Hylands Park is very beautiful at this time of year. The marshalls & other volunteers were excellent. The extra loop of the central parks was soul-destroying but this last minute route change was due to the very wet weather leading up to the race. It was a very good first attempt at organising a marathon with just a few niggly issues that need to be sorted out in future years. I may be back at some point in the future but there are so many other autumn marathons that I'd like to do. I hope the Js Hospice raised a lot of money from the event. Date of review: October 21, 2014
In short: Oh heck! Those hills.... In full: I wasn't expecting the hills to be quite so tough! It was a great little race & very well organised. I really enjoyed it and had a bit of a chat some other ladies. The locals were very friendly & supportive. Really great value for such a good race. Any negatives? No. The choice of post-race cake(£1/slice)was awesome! Date of review: September 20, 2014
In short: Check out the 'sights' as you run! In full: This is a really well organised race which takes runners past some of the really famous London landmarks. The first 4 miles are mostly slightly downhill which makes it hard not to go too fast (I was guilty of this!)
Once you get back to Hyde Park there's still quite a lot of the race to run and there are lots of places where you see people running, either ahead or behind you. This meant I had no idea of the direction I was running in for a lot of the time. It also makes you realise how HUGE Hyde Park is.
I really enjoyed it despite the last 4 miles feeling really tough due to going too fast at the start. I managed to take 55 seconds off my PB!
I might do it again but it depends on if I decide getting up at 5.15am in order to catch a suitable train is just too early. Date of review: October 7, 2012
In short: 2nd year and a HUGE PB In full: Having run last year I was aware of the everlasting long uphill inclines. Last year I think I showed these too much respect but this year I really attacked them & stunned myself by getting a PB by over 2 1/2 minutes. The crowd support was totally amazing, despite the wet weather &, although it's a very busy course, it is possible to weave around people to overtake. It's also quite a surreal experience to see a dual carriage way chockablock with runner. The finishing strait is amazing & The Leas are really beautiful. Crowds were at least 3 deep along this stretch & really cheer the runners on. The Tyne Bridge & Red Arrows make this an iconic race to run. PLus it's not every day you get to run with 44,000 other runners! Date of review: September 27, 2012
In short: Mud glorious mud In full: There was a small problem with the signage as they didn't alter it once the 1st car park was full so people were having to turn around to go back to the main car park. Just a minor problem really...
It was well organised and the 'race village' was good. It's most definitely family friendly. Marshalls were good but their wasn't much crowd support en route.
Some of the hills were extra challenging this year due to the mud caused by 3 weeks of rubbish weather.
I enjoyed it an may do it next year - it's a bit of a hike from Brighton though...
In short: Scenery, weather and PB potential In full: What can I say! I did this last year and came back this year for more. It's a fantastic race, well organised, beautiful scenery, mostly flat and fast. The weather was perfect - sunny but cool with a slight breeze. Was also really chuffed to knock 4 minutes off my PB. Date of review: April 1, 2012
In short: Quite tough (and dusty!) In full: I enjoyed this race very much and it was a good challenge. I liked the fact that we started in different 'waves' as it meant the trails weren't too crowded. There's a tough uphill finish but I managed to overtake 2 ladies in the last 250m.
Organisation was excellent except that the runners 'village' was not signposted and was difficult to find. A family friendly event.
I would have preferred to receive number/chip before the race rather than collecting it on the day.
I could probably be tempted to do this again but it's a bit of a long way from Brighton.
In short: cor blimey it was hot In full: The loos had attendants and the rather long queues moved surprisingly quickly. The organisation was great. The St John's Ambulance staff were fantastic (I was in need of treatment due to heat exhaustion). When I eventually finished there were still people around to cheer me on. Date of review: April 11, 2011