In short: A decent first time race with lots of potential! Inexperienced organisers did ok :-) In full: There was a lot of local enthusiasm for this race which meant lots of runners and some good support on the day.
The course took in some lovely parts of Chelmsford. Support was a bit quiet going through Hylands park but good in other places. It was a very challenging course - physically and mentally. But they had to make last minute course changes due to flooding and it is likely the course will be different in future. (I went round with a first time marathon runner who was relieved to be told it was a tough course! )
It was great value for a marathon - a decent race experience with a great medal and goodie bag.
Places with good access had nice support. Lots if kids giving out jelly babies! Firiends and family in the main park said it was a lovely atmosphere for supporters.
People were worried what the race would be like as the organisers were very inexperienced and had many difficulties leading up to the race. Considering all the issues they had, it really turned out ok and, with all the enthusiasm Chelmsford has shown for it, I can see the event getting bigger and better in years to come. Date of review: October 20, 2014
In short: An amazing challenge! Well worth it! In full: I have seldom found crossing a finish line so satisfying! This race was an incredible challenge with lots of tough hills, a final mile that had to be experienced to be believed and more mud than I thought was possible!
Organisation seemed very good, excellent marshaling and drink stations round the course and a really nice finisher t-shirt.
It's probably the hardest race I've ever tried...and I can't wait to try it again next year! Date of review: January 21, 2014
In short: A really good event! Lovely atmosphere and good value. In full: A very enjoyable race! Excellent organisation, great facilities (parking, changing, toilets etc) and brilliant marshaling and support from the organizers. I was worried I wouldn't enjoy running 6 laps but the surroundings in the park turned out to be really pretty so it was no problem. Finishers got a really nice medal, a personalized certificate and a food goody bag (which was basically a mini-picnic!). You do have to count your own laps but this is manageable (no problem with a Garmin). There were some nice touches like having drinks and snacks (including homemade flapjacks) for pre-race fuel and lots of the marshals had a list of runner names/numbers so they could cheer you on by name. Fun, friendly, good value for money and well organised. I would run this again and be happy to recommend it to others, including someone trying their first half-marathon. Date of review: September 10, 2013