In short: Excellent Half Marathon In full: Great value, good souvenir in time for winter (fluro t-shirt, orange this year!), excellent marshals, tough but fast course and top-notch facilities... Didn't have showers, but enough room to wet wipe & change in... Mentioned bottles to the Race Director and they'd tried to get smaller bottles. I manned-up and carried the HUGE 500ml bottles around, still don't like waste... Pricing of BBQ had come down this year (£1.50 instead of £2.50) but cakes still inextricably expensive, £1.50... make them a quid and I'll buy two!! Date of review: September 24, 2013
In short: Swim, Run, don't mess about in transition... In full: 1st go at an Aquathlon, well organised, excellently marshalled and a fun event in the lovely summer sun... Apparently I did 4 extra lengths (20 instead of 16), it was so exciting!!! And I messed up my transition - shoes on and GONE in future!! Not to worry, it was a great morning and look forward to future events. Date of review: August 13, 2013
In short: A tale of two halfs In full: 1st half loops through a housing estate, which is a bit dull, but sneaks in some undulatings without you noticing. Great hill up to halfway, last half has a great downhill for a mile then we're into countryside so a great 3 miles on undulating roads, then a magnificant downhill back to the town, before a sting in the tail and onto the finish.
Great organisation, facilities (showers always a bonus), mug AND pack of mints!! Cheap as chips as entered early and affiliated.
In short: Thank you TW Harriers... In full: Excellent race, organisation, facilities, ,edal presented by a Paralympian (I'm very honoured) and THE HILL... Knocked me down about a minute a mile but did well... Glad I bought my own gels... needed them... No gripes and will be back next year... A bargain and makes me wonder about the costs of some other races... Date of review: February 25, 2013
In short: Thank you for a wonderful race... In full: As mentioned there are hills, only 3, but they add up to 2400ft of climb... That's good as there's 2400ft of down as well... Everything about this race was ace... Marshalls, organisation, support, 12 water/feed stations, fellow competitors... And I got a bit of the 30th birthday cake at the end, thought it would've all been snaffled... Mrs Lemmy wants to do it again, we'll have to see how persuadable I am on New Year Eves!!! Date of review: October 31, 2012
In short: Excellent Half Marathon In full: Great value, good souvenir in time for winter (fluro t-shirt), excellent marshals, tough but fast course and top-notch facilities... Only complaint was water, I'd prefer cups as I just have a few sips, so seemed a waste to throw most of a 500ml bottle of water... Thanks again, see you next year... Date of review: September 28, 2012
In short: Nice race, got a PB! In full: Bargain race with all abilities catered for... Fantastic facilties pre & post race... Splendid support on the route... Excellent Race memento, a golden trainer...
(one gripe, needed a marshall right at the end to guide runners onto the running track; saw several runners run up to barrier then have to make detour around it) Date of review: July 23, 2012
In short: This is how they should be done... In full: Wow... What can I say, superb race, challenging course with "undulations" superb organisation (water stations, baggage store, showers, excellent support, sweeties, locals, this is how they should be done. Some of the BIG race should come to Halstead to see how it's done... AND cheap as chips (less than pound a mile, they'll put the p[rice up now LOL!!!)... And a PB!! Well done everyone and look forward to next time... Date of review: May 14, 2012
In short: Wow... That hill... 3 times!!! In full: Excellent race despite the rain, laps meant I could pop in to race hq to get long sleeve as I was freezing, and use facilities... Support fantastic despite/because of weather, narwhals enthusiastic and a lovely technical tshirt in the size asked for makes this a great race... Thank you Essex 20 Date of review: March 5, 2012
In short: An excellent spring half In full: A nice challenging course, definitely undulating, but lots of people got PBs... Steady up and cane the downs... No fuss, no big fanfare, excellent marshalling & support and excellent bunch of other runners... Thanks WGEL Date of review: February 27, 2012