In short: 99/100 In full: Ran the half marathon with a view to running the full marathon in 2016. I shall return. This has the potential to be The UK's best marathon. It was so well organised. If it had a few more toilets at the start and bottled water during the race it would be the best. Date of review: October 4, 2015
In short: First time In full: Ran this for the first time in 2015, very well organised and parking/changing at the start/finish. Very hilly but lovely route. Good support around the route. Date of review: March 23, 2015
In short: Has to be a PB In full: This race has to be PB based purely on the fact I don't know any other 30K races! Very hilly race but a great prep run for a spring marathon. Good support all the way round through some wonderful landscapes, poor showers at the end a reflection of the school building not the race. Just a great event. Date of review: February 20, 2015
In short: Where do you get changed? In full: Ran this race on the back end of a hard season with a view to running The MK Marathon in May 2015. Got there early and plenty of free parking always welcome. I don't think I've ever entered a race where there was nowhere to get changed. If it was wet I'd have been in trouble, thankfully it was dry but very cold. I was at the start for 10am on the button but the starter kept delaying it to allow people to join from the toilets, the queue looked massive. 4 minutes does not sound a lot but it felt a long time in that cold wind. The course is nice but quite technical with lots of switchbacks, the marshals were great. Not sure about The Marathon now, this race could do better. Date of review: December 15, 2014
In short: Bottled water and a 0900 start would make this the race of the year..... In full: This is my first spring marathon away from London although I run Abingdon every October.
This a great race.
I live an hour away so was able to sleep in till 0630, big plus. Parking was excellant, seconds away from the start finish, baggage/changing all good and plenty of space to relax beforehand. It's a rolling course as opposed to say the hilliness of Bungay but it is glorious scenery for the whole race. Slightly disapointed that there was no bottled water supplied and a 0900 start would help against any hot weather but I shall be lining up again next spring. Halstead for fun. Abingdon for a PB. well done Halstead Date of review: May 20, 2013
In short: If this was cycle race then it would be The Paris - Roubaix In full: Good parking right near the start/finish which is always a bonus and plenty of staff at hand to help you book in.
Start very cramped and found myself climbing over the back of people for the first 1/2 mile.
The course took us over type of terrain possible and some it was only single track width which caused a few problems towards the end when lapping slower runners. Could have done with bottled water instead of cups please.
It was well organised, well marshalled and a very good first attempt, it deserves to be a success but may struggle to expand much bigger in its current format. Date of review: March 3, 2013
In short: Just simply a great race........ In full: Very well organised with parking right next to the start/finish. 3 miles round the base sorts the runners our before you hit the roads but to be honest I only saw 2 cars during the whle race. Excellantly marshalled and loeads of local support. Superb scenery too and a lovely rolling profile with a great medal and T Shirt at the end. PB for me too so no complaints. Date of review: June 11, 2012
In short: A decent little race... In full: A good race 5 weeks before the London Marathon being quite a rolling course so a fair test on the legs. Quite a walk from parking to register and bottled water would have been a big help. Nicely marshalled though and brilliant to have your results as soon as you pull up... Date of review: March 23, 2012