In short: Gets better and better every year In full: There's a reason why runners keep coming back to West London, this race really captures the best of Community spirit in London.
Organisation was as smooth as ever, bag drop volunteers were brilliant and friendly before the race, after the race they already had my bag ready before I reached the tent - brilliant.
Plentiful portaloos, I visited a few times and didn't wait more than a few minutes.
Start line moments away from race village, perfect.
From the start the spectators seemed to have upped their game this year, Ealing seemed to be ever more proud of this award winning event and really cheered their hearts out. This years race numbers included runners first names, I heard my name being called out by spectators regularly over the 13 miles.
I knew the course so had no problem with the undulations and knew when to go easy and when to push on the downhills.
Coming back into Lammas park for the final km was a wall of sound,I ran 10 minutes quicker than last year and smashed my PB.
Water stops were plentiful, supported by Ealing's churches. Race village was excellent post race and a great atmosphere.
Do this race, you won't be disappointed, get the EalingFeeling ! Date of review: September 26, 2016
In short: Wonderful Worthing, VERY flat, lots of turns but course runs fast. Well organised. In full: Good: No traffic, fully road closed. Plenty of marshals throughout the course Theatre at start as race HQ worked well Toilets spread out around HQ area, didn't really see queues Distance markers appeared to be good. Pancake flat, literally the flattest course I have ever run. Children's races at 1 which the daughter enjoyed and got a medal at.
Different: Bag drop, bags could be left on tables in theatre, valuables were to be taken and put in an envelope that you signed in and out. This actually worked just fine.
Overall, really good event, the course was good, very very flat, the race itself was well organised and had good local support. Big ticks all round from me. Date of review: February 15, 2016
In short: Fantastic race, Got my PB! In full: First time that I've actually raced this course and the atmosphere was fantastic, the miles flew by and I was delighted to have picked up a PB. Organisation was like clockwork, sunshine, great crowds, couldn't ask for more. Date of review: October 1, 2015
In short: Has potential In full: Has potential to be better. False start was an unannounced test of the horn. Going back over the chip mat listening to jokes from the sidelines about being disqualified wasn't helpful.
The course itself was lovely, virtually traffic free, I would have appreciated the marshal stopping the car when I came to cross. Lots of twists, turns and quite scenic. The trade off is it was difficult to find rhythm and settle into it. Fine if you are not looking for a pb on a "Flat" course.
Agree the 5 portaloos were not enough for 810 runners.
Agree mile 12 is a big mile marker to go missing or not be prominent.
Not sure why they bothered with a medal of that quality, I have genuinely had better quality medals from School organised fun runs. Better to have skipped it completely in my book and gone with just the buff.
More loos, market the race as undulating and better signage next year. Date of review: December 15, 2013
In short: Love this race In full: Great race, great to see so many Ealing Eagles, Barnes & W4 Harriers. But msotly the Eagles - Thanks all :-)
As with all races, there are never enough toilets in my opinion. I was there early so not a problem.
I do think the path just after pembroke lodge when the trail splits in two could do with a run route sign.
As usual the organisers did a great job, wonderful race, great field and dates permitting I will be eagerly signing up to return next year. This is a must do race on the calendar. Date of review: May 5, 2013
In short: Very wet this year, first time I have had to wait for a bag and what was the 1:30 pacer? In full: Very wet.
Love Reading, have done it for a few years now and will continue to do so. Some small points took the shine off the event for me this year, the bag collection didn't run very smootly for the runners in 6000-8000, 8000+ seemed fine as did other areas. Problem made worse by standing in a puddle with wet feet. Not ideal.
The 1:30 pacer, only one of them and not a pace pair as in other races. Nowhere to be seen at the start (runners should be able to line up behind the pacers and helps promote good use of the starting waves). Then proceeded to sprint past me going at 6:30 mile pace around the 4 ish mile mark. Date of review: March 17, 2013
In short: An Amazing Day In full: Amazing Half Marathon Debut from the race organisers. Had a great time pacing the 2 hour group and will be back next year, fantastic crowds along the course - thank you Ealing for the massive support along route. Date of review: September 30, 2012
In short: Great Scenery, good marshalls but some challenging hills. In full: Really enjoyed this race (Got a PB). Marshalls were great for me, although I did hear someone else ended up doing 30 miles. The water and food stations were brilliant, I only took water but there were all sorts of goodies there, bananas, gels, coke, water, etc. Weather stayed dry which made a big difference.
Will most likely sign up again for next year. Although I would happily pay an extra fiver to see some portaloos compliment the ones at Sheen Gate.
Oh, goody bag, quality T shirt and good medal provided for those that are interested in them. Date of review: May 20, 2012