In short: Good pre-Spring marathon warm-up In full: +ve Well organised race. Particularly impressed with the way that the organisers dealt with people running 3 different distances. Goody bag was v good. Flat and the disatance (20m) was ideal pre Spring marathon. Parking in town centre worked well. SIS gels at some drinks stations. Well marshalled and I had no problem crossing roads etc. Nice early start.
-ve Not enough drinks stations on a hot day and drinks in cups rather than bottles exacerbated things. Scenery wise a bit of a race of 2 halves - beautiful by the Thames and then a bit dull in the streets of Surbiton/Kingston. As has already been mentioned the course does get a bit narrow in places and you have to run in single file which can cause problems. Not much support other than in Kingston itself.
I see that next year a 26.2 mile race is planned. I'm not sure if that will be a success but I do think some thought needs to be given to more drinks stations. Date of review: April 4, 2016
In short: Excellent organisation. Good day out In full: This was my first Ealing Half. The organisation was amongst the best I have experienced with well organised bad drop, and race village. Plenty of toilets too!
The course was a bit hillier than I had imagined. No serious hills just quite a lot of undulations. Reasonably pituresque for a town route and the support was tremendous - there was hardly an area without cheering crowds which I think was helped by the fact that the course doubled back on itself a number of times. It was a hot day but there was penty of water - helpfully supplied by Evian in bottles which are so much more convenient than cups.
Couple of minor criticisms. I don't think the first two water stations were signed well enough/at all in advance which made it difficult to get to them if you happened to be on the other side of the road. The course also has a few bottlenecks caused by a mixtures of gates and parked cars suggesting that maybe it has reached its capacity in terms of numbers. Overall though excellent race which I would cerainly do again. Date of review: September 29, 2014
In short: Really well organised and enjoyable race. A bit pricey and could do with an extra water stop or two. In full: I thought this was very good indeed and clearly has the potential to grow into a much larger event.
The organisation at the start and the finish was excellent and the event was well marshalled. It was a big plus to have the roads closed although in some sections it did feel a little cramped for space.
As many people have said I thought it was a bit pricey although with the pre-race communication, the race app and road closures you could see where the money went. No comment on the head band!
The hot day wass unexpected and made running quite hard work but was a real plus for spectators. I thought that given the condition the route could probably have done with an extra water station or two and certainly I was often gasping for a drink between stations. The bottled water was however a nice touch - much better than the plastic cups that you often get.
I look forward to next year. Date of review: March 10, 2014
In short: Well organised, lovely scenery but the hills are tough! In full: Really well organised HM. Just the right size to get decent organisation (road closures, water stations etc) and not having to turn up hours in advance to find parking. Couldn't really fault it as an event. One of the better ones I have done even though the undualtions (hills!) in miles 9 to 12 are really tough and I think make it difficult for a really fast time. Date of review: September 23, 2013
In short: Good flat fast race. Enthusiastic marshalls, great goody bag but organisation could have been slightly better. In full: I really enjoyed this race. The idea of 6 laps around Hackney Marshes was not terribly encouraging but in fact the lap was fairly varied and contained lots of different scenery, terrain etc. Certainly not boring! Also probably the flattest, fatest course that you will run on and would have been even faster in the dry. A real PB opportunity.
The 6 lap thing also means that there are always plenty of people around while in some races you can feel that you are completely alone even if it is a bit depressing to be lapped by the faster runners.
The marshalls were extremely enthusiastic and 2 water stations a lap meant that hydration was never a problem (particularly as it was cold and wet all race). Goody bag was excellent (flapjack and bagel - just what I needed after running 13 miles), certificate was a nice touch and facilities were first rate.
Only slightly negative point was the organisation. As many people have commented the start was a little chaotic. Also it would be worth while the organisers looking into chip timing for future years as the only record of my time was my own watch and it is always nice to get an official time for these things. Date of review: September 25, 2012
In short: Something a bit different - really good fun. Mile markers were out In full: Really good, well organised race. Unnusual distance and really varied terrain - road, woodland and canal towpath. V well marshalled and organisation generally was first class. The only slight grumble was over the mile markers which seemed well out - annoying for those running without Garmins. Date of review: January 24, 2011