Surrey Half Marathon

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  • Woking, United Kingdom
  • 12. March, 2017
  • Rating:

    4.6/5

  • 21 Km

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5000+ runners

Now in its 3rd year, the start venue at Woking Leisure Centre offers indoor bag storage, an exciting Event Village and the perfect race experience. Whether you’re a pro (2015 62mins record), running for your favourite charity or a first timer, the Surrey Half Marathon is your ideal friendly and local event. Children won’t miss out with our Kids' Challenge

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Corinne Callaway

Completed in 2017

4.6

First timer

- flat course 

- got a PB of sub 2hrs!

- liked the pacers 

- good atmosphere 

- wel organised 

- good comms 

- shame it rained all day! 

 

Posted on 15.05.17

Anne Connell

Completed in 2017

4.9

Great run

This is the 4th time I've done the race and I would thoroughly recommend it.  Weather was a bit unfortunate this year but Woking leisure centre offers plenty of space to shelter before or change out of wet things after.  Organisation was very smooth, marshalls were very encouraging even in the rain.  Plenty of local support along the course and great planning to find such a picturesque course fitting in between Guildford and Woking.  I'd prefer a slightly later start time but not a major issue as I live and easy cycle ride from the start.

Posted on 18.04.17

Paul Summerhill

Completed in 2017

4.8

I love this race!

Surrey Half Marathon

My second race/half-marathon and although wet and dull, the atmosphere and support from the crowd and volunteers helped raise my spirits!

It's a relatively flat course and great for people like me, who are new to running races. 

I'd highly recommend it. 

Posted on 26.03.17

Reply from the race organiser

Paul that's such a great photo! Thanks for sharing and for taking the time to review our race.

Jonathan  Moore

Completed in 2017

4.3

Well organised race

A well organised race with a good atmosphere.  Almost 4,000 participants in the half marathon but it didn't seem too crowded.   The course itself is fairly flat, with some small hills and the odd tight corner.  Having the roads completely closed to traffic is a big plus.

Managed to get around in 1:20, despite the heavy rain.  The course definitely has PB potential.   Overall I would recommend running it.

Posted on 20.03.17

Reply from the race organiser

Congrats on a fantastic time Jonathan!
Thanks for reviewing our event, see you on 11th March 2018.

Claire Stephenson

Completed in 2017

3.7

Good Run, bad toilets

The race was well organised and safe to run - police were present meaning there were no issues from the road closures, like I have experience in other races

Unfortuntely the only thing letting the race down was the cleanliness of the portaloos - I appreciate these are never luxury! however attending many races they are always bareable. However these were disgusting. I tried 3 different loos and ended up vomitting. Not great pre-half marathon prep

Posted on 20.03.17

Reply from the race organiser

Thanks for reviewing our event Claire - sorry to hear about the toilets.
We do check them as often as possible - there are also toilets inside Woking LC.

Kat Link

Completed as a first timer in 2017

4.4

Fantastic first time

it was my first time running the surrey half, spectator support was brilliant despite the rain. Course was well marshalled, lots of water stations with a good amount of people at each one. Our friends who came to watch found it easy to move around the route so we got to see them at several places which was great! We never felt lost at any point. I ran a PB which was fantastic as well. Will definitely do the event again!!!

Posted on 18.03.17

Reply from the race organiser

Congrats on the PB Kat. Delighted to hear that you'll be back for 11th March 2018. Thanks for reviewing our event!

Jason Tutty

Completed in 2017

5

Surrey Half

Surrey Half Marathon

Great half marathon, even when it rains! 

Posted on 18.03.17

Reply from the race organiser

Thanks for the fantastic review Jason - delighted!

Matthew Trojanovich

Completed in 2017

4.6

Good route, pleasant roads, well-coordinated

2017 was my 4th running and the event keeps getting better. Keeping the both the start and finish in Woking is definitely the way to go. The course is very pleasant:  no car traffic, good mix of straight-aways and curves, some gentle hills.  My only gripe is that the finish is rather flat and straight which, to me personally, isn't as dramatic as Dorking or Basingstoke or Reading finishes.  Still, I'd rate this as a very appealing race.

Posted on 17.03.17

Reply from the race organiser

Thanks for reviewing our event Matthew. Hope to see you back on 11th March 2018.

Bridgette James

Completed in 2017

4.8

#BeeOJames

The weather dampened my enthusiasm a little bit. I enjoyed 2016's event more. However 10/10 for organisation and support from the event organisers

Posted on 17.03.17

Reply from the race organiser

Sorry to hear that Bridgette! Keep your spirits up though as our next aat-events are scheduled for sunshine ;)

Elly Flemington

Completed in 2017

4.7

PB! Great atmosphere and the home straight was amazing. Thanks loads

Loved the course, especially the sections with spectator support. I felt that there were less bands than last year however which was a shame. 

Posted on 17.03.17

Reply from the race organiser

Congrats on the PB Elly! Thanks for reviewing our event. We had some bands drop out due to the weather annoyingly, but we will be addressing this for next year - watch this space!

jamie hughes

Completed as a first timer in 2017

4.3

Debut half Marathon

Surrey Half Marathon

First half marathon I have done and was quite nervous about how it would go , but the support from local residents and fellow runners was fantastic . Organisation and set up was first class - shame about the weather !  See you next year 

Posted on 17.03.17

Reply from the race organiser

Delighted to hear that you'll be back on 11th March 2018! Thanks for reviewing our event Jamie.

Dave Wakefield

Completed as a first timer in 2017

4.4

Well Organised Event, Lots of local support.

This was my first half marathon and I thoroughly enjoyed it - even amidst the rain there was a ton of local support! There was a good amount of water stations and the route was well signposted. It was a flat course with a couple of gentle hills.

I definitely want to run this again next year! 

Posted on 17.03.17

Reply from the race organiser

Thanks for reviewing our event Dave - delighted to hear that you'll be back on 11th March 2018!

Glenn Mitchell

Completed in 2017

3.9

Not quite at the usual standard

I've done every Surrey half marathon since its first iteration in Guildford 3 years ago. Since then the field size has grown massively and this was the first year that the race has shown signs of struggling with its popularity (presumably down the to well earned reviews on racecheck).

In terms of the race itself, it's a relatively flat course, with only 3 or 4 inclined to speak of, and definitely one for a PB. Once past about 1.5 miles or so it's a quiet setting and relatively picturesque in places, although the long out-and-back section on the Egley road is marginally soul-destroying!

There are normally quite a few  a people dotted  a around the course, although local support wasn't so good this year, presumably because the naff weather put a lot of people off.

There are water stations in sensible locations around the course, although certainly as a faster runner i cant help but think the provision of bottles rather than cups is wasteful, as myself and many people around me take one mouthful before dropping them. I guess this is down to personal preference - you can't please everyone!

Further back in the field the width of the course looked a bit narrow on the aforementioned out-and-back back section, with a number of runners spilling over onto the opposite side of the cones where the field hadn't quite split up enough.

The main issue i had was at the start area - while the start pens were clearly marked with expected finish times a pacers, i struggled to find a way in without jumping over the fence. No-one was allocated a specific pen to go to, so it was a bit of a free for all, so as someone who was aiming for a sub-1:20 finish it was frustrating to find myself so boxed in near the start, as i was unable to get nearer the front.

To be fair to the organisers, there were a lot of toilets provided at the start, although there still seemed to be queues, and although i personally didn't use it the queue for the bag drop looked a bit chaotic.

Overall this is definitely an event worth doing (especially if you're after a PB), and this year's medal was much better than last year's (where the sponsors logo was as big as the rest of the medal). If you're not local beware that you'll have to park in town about 15-20 mins from the start because of the road closures. 

Posted on 17.03.17

Reply from the race organiser

Glenn thanks for the thorough review, you've raised some great points. Our feedback suggests that the vast majority of runners prefer the sports cap water bottles rather than cups. Although many runners won't drink all the water, others will.

We have already started re-designing the event village area for 2018 to improve the start pens, as well as issuing colour-coded race numbers.

Glad you loved the medal - hope that you'll be back on 11th March 2018!

Alison Davies

Completed as a first timer in 2017

5

First Timer doing 5K

My husband and I signed up to the 5K as this is the first race we have done and we are both in the Veteran category shall we say!

The timing of the race was early but we had no problem with bag drop (in fact we were there before they had finished setting up).  

The course was nice, good support from public (although not too many around at 8am) but marshalls and the band we passed were great.

We are quite slow runners but we managed a personal best so that was great.  Would recommend it to anyone wanting a first time run as well as seasoned runners who don't want to do the half marathon.

Posted on 17.03.17

Reply from the race organiser

Well done to you both for the PBs, and for reviewing our event.

Hope to see you back on 11th March 2018!

Dasen Pather

Completed as a first timer in 2017

5

Great race

This was the first time I've done the Surrey HM. The organisation by AAT Events and the crowd support were outstanding. All the marshalls and volunteers did a great job on the day. 

I can't think of any negative points with regard to this race. 

I would definitely recommend it to anyone looking to fill their race calendars. 

Posted on 17.03.17

Reply from the race organiser

Dasen thanks so much for this fantastic review - we're delighted! See you on 11th March 2018.

Graham Johnson

Completed as a first timer in 2017

4.6

Good race

First time runner, good race. Only niggle was the signage for the bag drop & toilets. Queue built up very quickly for the bag drop at 8:30, meaning toilet & stretching were very rushed & had to climb the fence into the start pen. Otherwise very well organised - even the weather was better than expected!

Posted on 17.03.17

Reply from the race organiser

Thanks for the review Graham. Hope to see you again on 11th March 2018!

Jeni Harper

Completed as a first timer in 2017

4.5

Lovely course but wish there was a 'cool down' area

I enjoyed the event a lot.  I stayed with a friend the night before so that I could get to the race at a good time in the morning.  We arrived on site at 7.30 and that gave us good time to get ready, go to the indoor loo, drop our bags, have a gentle jog around the park to warm up, go to the portaloos and then get into the race pens.  That bit was not ideal because we couldn't easily get to the pace pen we wanted to.  I am not sure how well other people managed with bag drop etc because when my friend and I were ready to get into the pens (8.45 for a 9am start) there was a huge queue for bag drop.  We wondered if everyone got to the start on time.  The run itself was nice; through the woods but on roads, nice to see daffodils :) The local support was great and there was a good mix of time without support and time with support.  I didn't use the water stations (I use a camelbak) but these seemed well spaced.  I personally would prefer cups were used instead of bottles; the wastage is terrible with bottles and they are more dangerous to runners than cups (I kicked a few and had to jump over some).  I didn't find the course hilly but had plotted it on mapmyrun before doing it and knew that it had similar climbs to my local runs so I think i was well prepared.  I did hear some people complaining about the hills ,which I would say were maybe long and gradual, so I guess it depends on what you are used to.  Finally, I would have liked to see a longer slow down/cool down area after the finish line - it is not good to stop moving so soon after the finish line.  I think all race courses could do better with this and provide at least a mile of slow down before the participants have to stop - at Surrey the food, medals etc meant that within 20m of the finish line everyone had ground to a halt because there wasn't space to do anything else.  This was my first half and I was very happy with my time (1hr 56) and I think the course helped because it was not too hilly and there was enough space for people to run - groups did get a bit bunched up sometimes but not too much.

Posted on 17.03.17

Reply from the race organiser

Thanks for the review Jeni, you've raised some great points - a cool down area is a great idea. We'll have to chat to the council and find out if we can use the park or something...

Hope to see you again on 11th March 2018!

Bill Wild

Completed in 2017

4.8

What an amazing race

I love everything about this race; it's really well organised, the support around the course is great and the route is excellent.

Posted on 17.03.17

Reply from the race organiser

Thanks Bill :)

Andy Silverfox

Completed as a first timer in 2017

4

Overall a great experience.

Surrey Half Marathon

Not enough toilets (huge queues). great water stops. Bands playing on route. A bit narrow at times but manageable. Paced timer runeers was a nice addition also.

Posted on 17.03.17

Reply from the race organiser

Thanks for the review Andy. Hope to see you again on 11th March 2018!

Ali Mulligan

Completed in 2017

4.6

Recommended race - wonderful support

Second time participant (2014 previously). Couldn't be more of a contrast with the weather but with one consistent feature : great support! 

Good race for a first timer especially.  Really well organised. Recommended. 

Posted on 17.03.17

Reply from the race organiser

Thanks for the review Ali. Hope to see you again on 11th March 2018!

Joe Chan

Completed in 2017

4.8

Fun run with great atmosphere

I have run the Surrey Half Marathon event three times now and each time I have been very pleased by the great atmosphere. The race starts and finishes in Woking Park and the combination of a live band playing and great commentary creates a buzz not always present at other events. Local support is great with loads of people lining parts of the route and cheering you on. There is more live music along the route to keep your spirits up and plenty of water stations to keep you hydrated. The huge number of marshals and other volunteers at the event is fabulous and shows how well organised the Surrey Half is. Woking Park is close to the train station and Woking town centre so transport and car parking are no problem. It's quite likely I will continue to enter this event in future years.

Posted on 17.03.17

Reply from the race organiser

Thanks for the review Joe!! Hope to see you again on 11th March 2018!

Lucy Robinson

Completed in 2017

4.5

A brilliant local race!

As always (this is my third time running in this event), the Surrey Half was seamlessly organised. It was quick and easy to drop off bags, pop to the loo and head straight into a well-signed corral. The volunteers were friendly, cheerful and enthusiastic despite the weather, the local support was second to none, the route was lovely (though I'm biased, being a local!) and the medal was well worth the effort. The one downside was the lack of goodies on offer at the finish line, given the cost of the event, but regardless of that I'll be coming back year on year!

Posted on 17.03.17

Reply from the race organiser

So glad you enjoyed it Lucy. Thanks for the review, and see you again on 11th March 2018!

Mark Woodward

Completed as a first timer in 2017

4.7

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Posted on 17.03.17

Reply from the race organiser

Thanks for the rating Mark.

Akhil Dasani

Completed in 2017

5

Fanatstic Race

Fantastic Race - can't wait to do again in 2018

Posted on 15.03.17

jamie willis

Completed in 2017

5

excellent race for first time

excellent race for first time

Posted on 15.03.17

Richard Dowling

Completed in 2017

4.6

Great Half Marathon

This was my second time doing this race having completed it in 2016.

Great buzz on race day arrived 15 minutes before the actual start of the race as I live locally so have no experience in relation to bag drop off and parking in the area or finding a place to stay over night before race day.

The route was the same as 2016 so I knew what I was going to come up against.

Was hoping to beat my last time but hamstring injury prevented me from going a bit faster that last year I was only one minute slower so not to bad .

It was a rainy day so not as many supporters out as there was in 2016 but still got cheered on all the way around.

Having your name on your number bib is good so the 2Hr 30Min runners (me) get cheered on and it motivates you when you hear somebody shouting out your name giving you encouragement to keep going.

This year there was portable loos at each water station which was good.( I didnt need them but good to know they are there)

The medal is brilliant loved it . Cant wait to see nexts years design as I hope to run it again in 2018.

I would maybe like to see more activities for kids who are there on race day with their parents who wait around for people in the race.

As there is nothing there it gets a bit boring for them waiting around.

 

But all in all a great race event.

Great Medal

Good course

Great support.

If you are going to run a half Marathon try the Surrey Half its a flat fast course and good for beginners (like Myself)

 

You wont be disappointed

 

See you all in 2018

 

 

 

 

 

Posted on 15.03.17

Reply from the race organiser

Richard,

Thanks so much for taking the time to give us some great feedback - it's much appreciated. Hope you can join us on 11th March 2018!

Surrey Half

Amanda Benstead

Completed in 2017

4

Surrey half marathon

This is my local race, it is all run on closed roads.  It is very well organised with key touches that make a big difference to runners like water in bottles with sports caps and loads of toilets.  Lots of pace groups to help nail your target time.

Posted on 14.03.17

Reply from the race organiser

Amanda,

Thanks so much for taking the time to give us some great feedback. Hope you can join us on 11th March 2018!

Surrey Half

Simon Ritchie

Completed in 2017

4.8

Even the heavy rain did not put a damper on the atmosphere

This is my 3rd Surrey half and it was a lot wetter this year. Loads of people came out to cheer despite this fact and the running crowd were all in good spirit. The addition of several live bands was nice and the overall organisation was excellent. My queue for toilet visit number 5 (my problem) 15 mins before the official start was suprisingly quick. The finishers medal is also blingtastic! Mr T (from the A-Team) has already made enquiries to take it off my hands. I pitty the fool that tries to take my medal!!  I also personally took 3 minutes off my PB which was a pleaseant suprise. looking forward to going sub 100 minutes next year!

Posted on 14.03.17

Reply from the race organiser

Simon,

Congrats on the PB! Thanks so much for taking the time to give us some great feedback. Hope you can join us on 11th March 2018!

Surrey Half

Andrius jaksevicius

Completed as a first timer in 2017

4.6

Great event

Great event, was pleasure to run. Nice that after the race they were giving bananas and some vegan bars instead of some unhealthy foods that usually given after the races.

Posted on 14.03.17

Reply from the race organiser

Andrius,

Congratulations on winning the Mercer Surrey Half Marathon! Thanks so much for taking the time to give us some great feedback. Hope you can join us on 11th March 2018!

Surrey Half

Roland Knight

Completed in 2017

4.4

No queues, plenty of loos!

I've entered the Surrey Half Marathon every year since its inauguration and the organisation of the event has improved each year. No long queues at the baggage drop, and plenty of toilets at the start and water stations on the course.

Posted on 13.03.17

Reply from the race organiser

Roland,

Thanks so much for taking the time to give us some constructive feedback. Hope you can join us on 11th March 2018!

Surrey Half

Bev Cullis

Completed as a first timer in 2017

4.8

Great first half marathon

Despite a damp start this was a great race. Well organised with brilliant local support en route. Will definitely enter next year, thoroughly enjoyed it.

Posted on 13.03.17

Reply from the race organiser

Bev,

Thanks so much for taking the time to give us some great feedback. Glad to be having you back on 11th March 2018!

Surrey Half

Robin Boon

Completed in 2017

4

Fast, flat & fun!

Good route on closed roads, well organised apart from the mysteriously long queue for baggage, nice support at selected points throughout the course and coming into Woking, weighty medal, better goody bag would be appreciated.

Posted on 13.03.17

Reply from the race organiser

Robin,

Thanks so much for taking the time to give us some constructive feedback. Hope you can join us on 11th March 2018!

Surrey Half

Jennifer Duke

Completed in 2017

4.7

Great race again!

Thanks all at aat.events, thoroughly enjoyed Surrey Half 2017. I like the cool, damp weather for running so suited perfectly! Great to have somewhere warm and dry to change afterwards  - perfect at the leisure centre. Thanks to the marshalls and bag checkers, the marshalls put in a good shift given the weather - much easier to be running and keeping warm. Good support out on the course, again despite the weather. Chunky medal, plenty of water at the end. I will be back next year.

 

 

Posted on 13.03.17

Reply from the race organiser

Jennifer,

So glad you enjoyed the rain!! Thanks so much for taking the time to give us some great feedback. Glad that you'll be joining us on 11th March 2018!

Surrey Half

Storm Lindenberg

Completed as a first timer in 2017

3.8

Pros and Cons

Pros:

A) Information for race day was very well communicated and it was nice to receive your race number in the post which isn't always the case.

B) the course is scenic, with nice countryside views.

C) roads were all closed and the course was well marshalled.

D) the 1h50 pace maker was fantastic. Accurate and extremely encouraging. He even ran back and forth in the last few miles trying to get as many into the 1h50 finish time category.

Cons

A) the batching process for runners at the start based on estimated finish times wasnt very well organised. It was a bit of a free for all. Race numbers should be colour coded based on batches. 

B) The start was way too congested, not a big enough space for the amount of runners

C) the first few km of the race is narrow and so with the very congested start, it takes a while for any space to free up to over take. I was very boxed in at the start.

D) although the race has nice countryside scenary, it offers little opportunity for support from the public, perhaps a route which is half outside Woking centre and half in would be better - although I understand this is difficult.

E) The medal was very underwhelming

All in all, a good race but could be great.

Posted on 13.03.17

Reply from the race organiser

Storm,

Thanks so much for taking the time to give us some constructive feedback. We're looking to re design the event village and start pens to maximise space for runners, and will certainly be improving the race pens by using colour coded bibs.

Hope you can join us on 11th March 2018!

Surrey Half

Tamara Pedgrift

Completed in 2017

4.7

Great race (shame about the weather!)

Great race, thank you - and particularly to the marshals and volunteers who were out in the yucky weather.  The 1:50 pacer (for the short time I was able to keep up with him) was excellent, very chatty and helpful. 

A couple of things for consideration next year:

- The water station manned by the army cadets at about 10km wasn't the best organised. No intended criticism of them as individuals, they were working really hard - but in the fleeting moment as I ran past they seemed to be struggling to keep up with the supply.  This was a key water station after 10km when probably most runners wanted water, so really needed to be slick, and I don't think there was enough of them to keep up. Also they weren't taking the lids off the water bottles, which meant the runners needed to do it - and when you got one of the blue bottles (see below comment) this wasn't easy.

- There seems to be two brands of bottles being offered. I picked up one of the blue ones - the lid was really difficult to get off, and even once off I then struggled to pull up the white cap such that I needed to use my t-shirt to get enough grip on the cap, and ended up accidentally dropping the bottle.......   So my point being that the bottles should be of a design that is easy for runners to use. (Sorry - first world problems!)

Other than that - all good! 

Posted on 13.03.17

Reply from the race organiser

Tamara,

Thanks so much for taking the time to give us some great feedback.

The poor weather certainly contributed to less volunteers turning up as I'm sure you can understand. They were briefed to remove plastic caps from bottles as per previous years, so we will certainly look into this because we completely agree - by 10km runners want water ASAP!

That aside, glad you had a fantastic race. Hope you can join us on 11th March 2018!

Surrey Half

Nick Dransfield

Completed in 2017

4.8

1:30 PACER at Surrey Half

I was a last minute replacement Pacer for this event. The logistics are great for me, with the event being within walking distance of the station makes it very handy. It was a great atmosphere at the venue with a live band banging out some great tunes. There was an abudance of toilets in my view but invariably there is alway a queue for that last bit of personal admin!

The Half Marathon runners had to wait for the finish line to be vacated by the 5k runners which didn't present any dramas. The Pens were snug but as a runner you felt safe that no one other than runners were going to be on the course for the opening stretch. I ran this last year and the sun was shining...this year not so much. As we lined up the weather was perfect light drizzle with a whisper of wind but nothing of concern. The race was underway on time and despite the damp conditions the crowds were out in force cheering the runners onward.

Unfortunately the heavens opened at 2 miles and I think I would have stayed drier jumping into a swimming pool, however the rain didn't last too long. One grumble was I felt the mile markers were abit out again. I recalled this being an issue that was raised by Pacers last year and unfortunately again I was not alone in finding some of the markers a tad out! The turn at about 6 miles was a bit dicey being wet and quite sharp. There was plenty of support on the course from locals and several bands/music stations. Jelly babies being handed out and smiling marshalls despite the down pour! The finish straight was great with spectators a plenty cheering you on. The course itself is pleasant a couple of small hills nothing that'd spoil your pace.

Overall really enjoyed being part of the event yet again. All marshalls and event staff were great.

Posted on 13.03.17

Reply from the race organiser

Nick,

Thanks so much for taking the time to give us some very fair feedback.
Our mile markers were professionally placed this year as admittedly they were slightly out in 2016. These were checked against official measurements of the course too - but we'll take a variety of watches with us for 2018 just to compare!! ;)

Looking forward to seeing you back on 11th March 2018!

Surrey Half

Phil White

Completed in 2017

5

Surrey half

Love this event, it's well organised, good bag drop and pre-event area. Great atmosphere and brilliant support all the way round from stewards, supporters and other runners.

Posted on 13.03.17

Reply from the race organiser

Phil,

Thanks so much for taking the time to give us a FANTASTIC review! Hope you can join us on 11th March 2018.

Surrey Half

Natalie Atherton

Completed as a first timer in 2017

4.9

An amazing race

It was great! I loved all the people who were by the side of the road or outside their houses supporting! It means everything!! All the marshalls were amazing and the 2:30 pacer was great!!

Posted on 13.03.17

Reply from the race organiser

Natalie,

Thanks so much for taking the time to give us an excellent review. Can't argue with 4.9 - hopefully some sunshine next year will get us 5/5! ;)

Hope you can join us on 11th March 2018!

Surrey Half

Joe Spraggins

Completed in 2017

4.1

Very well organised race

If you're looking for a flat, fast well organised half, this is the one. I've written a more detailed review here;

https://spragginsblog.wordpress.com/2017/03/13/surrey-half-marathon-12032017/ 

Posted on 13.03.17

Reply from the race organiser

Joe,

Thanks for the review and the feature in your blog.
See you on 11th March 2018!

Surrey Half

Ruth C

Completed in 2017

3

Better than last year but...

The mile markers appeared to be in the correct places this time however...The 10km was marked on both sides of the roads so people at 5.5 miles thought they had reached 10km and I passed many who were celebrating the "fastest ever time for 10km".  Some even slowed down because they were going too fast.  This was very poor, the 10km banner should not have been on the wrong side of the course.  Also marshalls saying only a mile to go at 11.5 miles isn't helpful as the group I was running with thought we had missed the 12 mile marker and only had a mile to go.  Imagine how demoralising it is to then reach the 12 mile marker several minutes later!  Your stations should offer something other than water.  It's too far to go on just water.  Other runs offer gels, sports drinks, sweets etc.  Finally, your pacers were too fast, I came in at 2:36 and had tried to keep pace with the 2:30 pacers but they had come in about 12 minutes before me.

Posted on 13.03.17

Reply from the race organiser

Hi RC

Thanks so much for taking the time to review our event.

We have looked into the placement of the 10k markers and can confirm that the 10k mile marker was on the correct side of the course, but there was a double sided DB MAX flag...? Sorry to hear that this affected your race strategy though.

We will certainly consider offering gels in future events, though we understand that most runners prefer to organise their own because not all gels/foods are suitable for every runner and can actually have an adverse effect! There were a number of people handing out sweets along the course though - sorry if you missed them.

We invite Xempo's professional pacing team to take part in the event. As we understand it, they will maintain a regular pace throughout the event. I do appreciate that other runners may prefer to adopt a different race strategy (eg negative splits) which can mean it's difficult to run with pacers throughout, but we are confident that the pacers finished within their advertised time, not 12 minutes ahead of schedule.

I hope this answers some of your points. Hope you can join us on 11th March 2018!

Surrey Half

Jess Morton

Completed as a first timer in 2017

4.6

My first half - and you haven't put me off!

The atmosphere was fantatsic and especially the pace setters (I was with the two 2hr15min ladies) they kept morale up, taught me to "trott" up hills which meant I ran the whole race and really pushed me to sprint to the finish line!!

Posted on 13.03.17

Reply from the race organiser

Jess,

Thanks so much for taking the time to give us some great feedback - we'll pass your comments on to our pacing team. Very glad to hear that they kept you motivated, and congratulations for running the whole way. :)

Hope you can join us on 11th March 2018!

Surrey Half

Jeremy  Thomas

Completed as a first timer in 2017

4.3

Great support made the difference

Overall a well organised event and great to have so much local support on a not-very-nice day.  Water stations were a bit short (missed the first one completely) and not very frequent at the start and more frequent at the end which seemed the wrong way round to me. But overall, really happy to have participated.  Had a nightmare trying to get out of Woking afterwards.  I know they had to close roads during the event but not sure why they still needed to be closed at 1.30pm.  Aside from that, a great day.

Posted on 13.03.17

Reply from the race organiser

Jeremy,

Thanks so much for taking the time to give us some great feedback. Glad you enjoyed the day.

Sorry to hear that you missed the first water station and that you found it difficult to leave Woking. All road closure re-opening times are displayed on our website well in advance of the event.

Hope you can join us on 11th March 2018!

Surrey Half

James Thomas

Completed in 2017

4.6

Great local course

As our local half marathon it is firstly very convenient! The course is well marshalled and signposted so there is no chance of getting lost! The pre and post race organisation is fantastic and everything went smoothly.

The course itself is undulating and between miles 7-11 had some inclined that were surprisingly sapping of energy. It is a quick course and whilst not flat, there is definite PB potential. I will try to make it a regular run for me as it is ideally timed leading up to both the spring marathons and the road league season. Well done to all involved!

Posted on 13.03.17

Reply from the race organiser

James,

Thanks so much for taking the time to give us some great feedback. We're so glad to hear that everything went smoothly for you.

Glad you'll be a regular face at our event in future - Hope you can join us on 11th March 2018!

Surrey Half

David Cairns

Completed as a first timer in 2017

4.6

Lovely HM!

I preferred this to the Reading HM - the date is more suitable to those doing VMLM, plus it was a smaller & more personal race. It was plenty large enough to have great organisation, loads of toilets and facilities - but i preferred the scale. Definitely one for next year!

Posted on 13.03.17

Reply from the race organiser

David,

Thanks so much for taking the time to give us some great feedback. So glad to hear that you'll be back on 11th March 2018!

Surrey Half

Mary Tibbotts

Completed in 2017

4.6

3rd time running Surrey Half

This was my 3rd Surrey Half out of the 4 years it has been running, last year I marshalled, on the mile 12 water station which was also a fantastic experience giving something back to our running community. 

This is a well organised race, plenty of information given in the lead up, nice to have the famous Surrey Half buff each year (and to recognise it in other races). Great idea to incorporate a 5k just before the Half. Brilliant to have small water bottles given out at the aid stations instead of ridiculous cups - take not BRIGHTON marathon!

Fantastic to get almost immediate results and also have 10K split times.

The course itself is slightly undulating with plenty of water stations manned by enthusiatic marshals, mile 12 water station being the loudest! Just when you need it.

Only one slight negative for me, was running on the A320 (out and back loop) which is coned into two halves; the sheer volume of runners on one side meant some runners did have to spill onto the outside of the cones watching out for the faster runners coming towards them in the opposite direction. Not sure how you would tweak that, as that's quite a long stretch of the course.

On a personal note, I still preferred the inaugural Surrey Half in 2014 where it started in Guildford and ran to Woking and then back to Guildford with the idea of alternating the start between Guildford and Woking each year. There was certainly more to look at from a runner's perspective instead of another leafy quiet road.

The timing of the event is perfect in leading up to spring marathons in April.

Posted on 13.03.17

Reply from the race organiser

Mary,

Thanks so much for taking the time to give us some constructive feedback.

We'll certainly be raising your point about the A320 in our debrief to determine whether the route is now at capacity, or whether adjusting the start pens could positively impact the spread of the runners later on in the course. Please keep an eye out on aat-events.com for future races which may incorporate Guildford-based road runs.

Hope you can join us on 11th March 2018!

Surrey Half

Vicky Roberton

Completed in 2017

4.6

Enjoyable and smooth organisation

This is a large race, but very well organised. The marshalls and volunteers at the water stations are friendly and supportive and ready to give water easily. Lots of great support from local residents and nice to have live music too. Really like getting a buff, very useful and design great, as is this year's medal. The kids race is also well organised and enjoyable, great to include children and get them fired up for running! Really enjoyed the Battle Oats bar at the end - much tastier than last year's sawdust! Only downside is volume of litter, more bins might help. 

Posted on 13.03.17

Reply from the race organiser

Vicky,

Thanks so much for taking the time to give us some great feedback.
We can assure you that we employ a professional litter removal team to ensure that all rubbish is removed as quickly as possible, followed by a team trip (us!) to double check over the next couple of days.

Glad you loved the event and the Battle Oats though!

Hope you can join us on 11th March 2018.

Surrey Half

Matt Freeman

Completed in 2017

4.6

2nd time & I'll be back

I ran my 2nd Surrey Half yesterday, & once again thoroughly enjoyed it. It wasn't my fastest half - that honour belongs to my 1st Surrey in 2015 - but I did prove to myself that I can still give it a decent go. This is a fast course - a few small gradients, but otherwise flat. The start, at Woking Leisure Centre, is well organized, & the course pretty scenic. I am slightly biased as I used to live in Old Woking & we twice run past the top of my old road! There are quiet areas without much support, but you'd expect that anywhere other than a town centre race. Along with Brighton, this is my favourite half, & all the while I can, I'll continue to do both.

Posted on 13.03.17

Reply from the race organiser

Matt,

So honoured to be your favourite Half! Thanks so much for taking the time to give us some great feedback. Hope you can join us on 11th March 2018!

Surrey Half

Lawrie Procter

Completed as a first timer in 2017

4.3

Well Organised - Good Race

Really well organised race, great pre-race material emailed out, lots of very comprehensive and clear instruction. Race number sent in the post so no need to register in the day. 

Closed road (mostly) flat course, loads of water stations with enthusiastic helpers, quite a bit of local support in key locations and good accurate pacers.

Friendly event, well organised and good value for money. Bit slow getting back out of Woking after the race but that isn't the organisers fault, next year I'll get the train

Posted on 13.03.17

Reply from the race organiser

Lawrie,

Thanks so much for your fantastic review. Delighted that you'll be joining us again next year on 11th March!

Surrey Half

Jay Claydon

Completed in 2017

4.9

Love the Surrey Half

4th year running this race and can't fault the organisation or support.  Highly recommended half marathon in the south that ticks all the boxes.

Bring the family along as there is also a kids 2k.

Posted on 13.03.17

Reply from the race organiser

Jay,

Amanda,

Thanks so much for taking the time to give us a fantastic review. Hope you can join us on 11th March 2018!

Surrey Half

Paul  Burgum

Completed as a first timer in 2017

4.9

A top day for Barefeet and Fridges

A massive thank you to the race organisers for the invite to travel up from the Northeast to take part in this race alongside my good buddy Tony the Fridge. 

The atmosphere from the very beginning was one of amazing kindness that makes a big difference. All along the way the supporters braved the rain and it was appreciated. Loved the splodging  in the puddles with my bare feet and getting a cool down at the same time. 

Thank you everyone involved with the race, we all know that great races dont happen by chance but by a lot of hard work for months and months before and then when everybody go's home. Happy memories and new friends made is my kinda race. Big love Paul 

Posted on 13.03.17

Reply from the race organiser

Paul,

Thanks so much for taking the time to give us some great feedback - and of course for road-tripping down from Newcastle!

Looking forward to having you back on 11th March 2018. Hope those blisters heal up soon!

Surrey Half

David Jones

Completed in 2017

3.6

Organisation good; pacers great; atmosphere meh

Presumably the organisers read this, so I want to give some constructive feedback.

Overall the race was a good one, but the weather (as always) can make or break an event and the organisers did as well as they could considering that it was such a miserable day.  I see only 3669 finishers, which suggests that almost 1500 didn't bother turning up since it was advertised as having 5k+ runners.

First the good:-

Start/finish, chip time, closed roads, fast course - check.  For a regular runner or anyone wanting a PB, this ticked all the boxes.

Pacers were brilliant.  I ran with the 1h40 pair who were vocal and encouraging all the way.  My mate said the same about the 1h30 pair too. Don't know where you find them, or how much you pay them, but they are a great addition to the race.  Bang on with their splits too - much better than the amateurs I've seen at other big events.

Logistics were sound from entry, race packs, baggage, food & water on the course, plus marshalls were all great in spite of the rain.

Constructive feedback:-

This race was just like so many others.  ie, start at the edge of a town at the crack of dawn on a Sunday, run round in the sticks where nobody lives for a couple of hours, then pick up your bag and go home, whilst the people of the town probably don't even know there's an event going on.
It seems to be the event default in the UK to have your race at a time and location that panders to the minimal inconvenience of residents & motorists, and maximum inconvenience to the paying participant. This is the fault of councils I suspect who are blind to the benefits of having a big event on (ie, loads of supporters and participants coming into town and spending money on food, parking, hotels etc), not the race organisers.

Bath half (on the same day) started at 11am and went through the centre of Bath, and was hugely supported.  Reading half is the same, in that it goes through Reading and has massive crowd support.  London marathon the same (x 100), and London seems to cope with roads being closed.  People manage.

If Surrey half truly wants to grow, it needs a course (and a start time) that allows people to really get out and support it.  It's almost as if Woking are embarrassed to have an event, and want it tucked away and cleared up before anyone notices it's happened.  I don't mind because I'm a regular runner and do a lot of races, but must be quite disappointing if your'e a beginner or a first timer, entering as much for the experience as for the challenge or for a time.

After the race, I'm not bothered about medals/t-shirts/bananas, but get that some people are.  As it was cold I went straight to pick up my bag and went home as there was nothing to hang about for.  No event village other than a couple of coffee vans, but no incentive to go back out into the rain.  Why not have something indoors in the sports centre?  Create a post race atmosphere where people can eat/drink share their experience.  Organisers might even be able to sell other events, or merchandise too.

One small thing; at the beginning there was a guy on a mike trying to give out information, but nobody could hear him as there was an annoying rock band playing too loudly about 2 feet away from the starting pen.  Have one or the other.  Not both.

Hope that doesn't sound negative, as I had a good race.  But without changes to the event experience, there will never be more than 3-4000 runners when there are so many other half marathons around at the same time.

Posted on 13.03.17

Reply from the race organiser

Hi David. Many thanks for your comments both positive and constructive. All these points are discussed at length every year with the council and it's great to hear these views directly from a runner.
Yes a balance is struck between residents, road access, people ravelling through Woking and the runners and we do have a significant number of other businesses and road users to accommodate too.
It's usual to have a 23% drop out, but not forgetting the 600 5K and 550 2k entrants, we end up with a lot of runners and their supporters.
David, please do keep in touch with us as we want our event to develop, and I hope we can use your ideas as a template.
Toby Jenkins, Race Director.

Tania Nehme

Completed as a first timer in 2017

4.9

Super Surrey Half

My first time running this half. My friend and I haven't run for years so this was our 'comeback' challenge and it didn't dissapoint despite the rain. Very well organised, lots and lots of support at the start and the duration of the scenic run. The locals clearly support this well. Great brass band SABE, army water stations, pubs open for water stations (and wee's!), some toilet stops and a great welcome back to the finish line with a heavy medal! Only downside was parking, had to walk what seemed like miles afterwards and the roads still closed a while after the last runners which caused a bit of mayhem but other than that, a great morning!

Posted on 13.03.17

Reply from the race organiser

Tania,

Thanks so much for taking the time to leave us this fantastic review! So glad you enjoyed the event - SABE were brilliant weren't they?! We'll pass your comments on.

See you on 11th March 2018!

Surrey Half

Joanne Russell Was Robertson

Completed as a first timer in 2017

5

Amazing course

Brilliant.

First time for me running a half marathon and in the area   I loved the support from marshals and organisers of the event.  Great communication all round. The whole event from registration to finish felt very well organised. 

Posted on 13.03.17

Reply from the race organiser

Joanne,

Thanks so much for taking the time to leave us this fantastic review! So glad you enjoyed the event and appreciated the organisation - see you again on 11th March 2018!

Surrey Half

Gordon Saxby

Completed as a first timer in 2017

4.9

A great experience

I entered this race in October to get myself back into running - and I am so glad that I chose this event! The pre-race support and communication (on Facebook) has been really good. The event was well organised and well supported, even though it rained!

I'll be entering next year very soon :-)

Posted on 13.03.17

Reply from the race organiser

Gordon,

Thanks so much for taking the time to leave us this fantastic review! So glad to hear that you follow and enjoy our social media channels.

See you on 11th March 2018!

Surrey Half

Leigh Fleeman

Completed as a first timer in 2017

4.8

First Race & Fabulous

Really enjoyed my first race. Pacers were excellent, motivational and fun. They really made my race. 

Bag drop and organisation seemed really good but as a first race I don't have much to compare to.

supporters were great despite the grim weather and the live music along the route lifted the spirits. Will definitely come back next year, I'm hooked! 

Posted on 13.03.17

Reply from the race organiser

Leigh,

Thanks so much for taking the time to leave us this fantastic review! So glad you enjoyed the event. Looking forward to having you on 11th March 2018!

Surrey Half

Tonia Georgiou

Completed as a first timer in 2017

4.7

Great support and amazing pacers

My first half and it was utterly enjoyable.
I did struggle in the last 3 miles, but my fellow runners were really encouraging even though they were very tired themselves.
I was planning to run only one half and then go back to the 10k or 10 miles but I think that I'd like to run this again! :)

Posted on 12.03.17

Reply from the race organiser

Tonia,

Congratulations on completing your first half marathon! And thanks so much for taking the time to leave us this fantastic review. So glad you enjoyed the event - see you on 11th March 2018!

Surrey Half

Mario Menti

Completed in 2017

4.8

Efficient and well organised

First time running this race, very well organised and nice feel! 

Posted on 12.03.17

Reply from the race organiser

Mario,

Thanks so much for taking the time to leave us this fantastic review! So glad you enjoyed the event - see you on 11th March 2018!

Surrey Half

Ollie Whiddett

Completed as a first timer in 2017

5

Fantastic organisation

First time running this race this year and I absolutely loved it. Great quick course and fantastic organisation. Looking forward to next year!

Posted on 12.03.17

Reply from the race organiser

Ollie,

Thanks so much for taking the time to leave us this fantastic review! So glad you enjoyed the event - see you on 11th March 2018!

Surrey Half

Richard Sheldrake

Completed in 2017

4.7

"Home" Half, so love this - nice flat course, very well organised :)

I love this race - AAT do a fab job of organising, and this year there was an icreased amount of local support which is excellent - I just love it when families are out on their house fronts with jelly babies :)

Great conditions to run today (except from heavy rain in the first mile or so), and those tiny hills just keep you on your toes !

Fantastic run, great route, excellent support, well done Woking and well done AAT

Posted on 12.03.17

Reply from the race organiser

Richard,

Thanks so much for taking the time to leave us this fantastic review. We're so glad that you enjoyed the event. We'll try and organise better weather for next year and earn that 5/5 review! ;)

See you on 11th March 2018!
Surrey Half

Angela Thomas

Completed as a first timer in 2017

4.8

Fab event for a first timer!

Great event, especially as a first timer.  Minor confusion over race packs and a 'goody' bag at the end would have been useful to hold all the bits and bobs but very minor gripes in the grand scheme of things. Can't wait to go again next year! 

Posted on 12.03.17

Reply from the race organiser

Angela,

Thanks so much for taking the time to leave us this fantastic review. We're so glad that you enjoyed the event - and well done for completing your first half marathon! We'll discuss the points you've raised at our debrief.

See you on 11th March 2018!
Surrey Half

David Corrie

Completed in 2017

4.6

Good fun.

Surrey Half Marathon

Living locally it's great to have a proper full on Half Marathon on my doorstep. Love that at Water Stations we get BOTTLES not cups. Will definitely run again.

Posted on 12.03.17

Reply from the race organiser

David,

Thanks for taking the time to leave us a review. Glad you love the bottles. Fingers crossed for better weather next time so we can earn that 5/5 review!!

See you on 11th March 2018.
Surrey Half

Jill Denyer

Completed in 2017

4.8

Great, well organised race

3rd time doing the Surrey. Organisation seemed slicker this year - good local publicity and road closures publicised well ahead of the day. Course and water stations well-marked.  Event village bigger this year.   Marshalls great and even though it was a rainy morning there was still plenty of support out on the course.  Would like to see a finishers T-shirt next year though. 

Posted on 12.03.17

Reply from the race organiser

Jill,

Thanks for taking the time to leave us this fantastic review. We'll discuss t-shirts in our debrief. See you on 11th March 2018!

Surrey Half

Toni Aranda Borredà

Completed as a first timer in 2017

5

best Half marathon in Surrey!

Surrey Half Marathon

This Half Marathon is definetly for my next year calendar,very well organised and a lot of support from the local people,best Half i've ever done!

Posted on 12.03.17

Reply from the race organiser

Toni,

THANK YOU for your fantastic review. Delighted to be the best half you've ever done! See you on 11th March 2018.

Surrey Half

Jaco Martinson

Completed in 2017

4.3

Enjoy the day

Good day

Posted on 12.03.17

Reply from the race organiser

Jaco,

Thanks for rating our race!

See you on 11th March 2018,

Surrey Half

Brian Slack

Completed in 2017

2.8

Overcrowded and expensive

As per usual pen times seem to be a free for all and bare no resemblance to peoples actual pace, so the start is slow and passing those for the next few miles who clearly started outside their zone is hard work.

The course itself is just too narrow for most of the first 11k so passing slower runners is hard work. Water was ok for me and the marshals are as always excellent but if I'd paid nearly £40 for this race I'd be upset that the course is very boring with little support and cramped. Queues to get out of the finish funnel didn't help. And the medal - pure c**p - who's idea was it to go with chocolate coin gold !!!

I certainly wouldn't pay to run this, there are better alternatives in Surrey for sure.

Posted on 12.03.17

Reply from the race organiser

Brian,

Thanks for taking the time to leave us a review. We'll raise your point about the start pens in our debrief - we will be improving these for next year. In turn, this should facilitate less crowding on the course.

Shame you thought the course was boring. We're planning on inviting more bands next year and will have to try and organise better weather - the rain proves very off-putting for bands who use electrical equipment.

The medal was actually my design (I'm Hollie). I was pretty proud of it to be honest, but we change the design each year so perhaps you'll prefer our 2018 medal.

Next year's event is on 11th March 2018. Check back in a year and you'll be sure to see some improvements.

Kind Regards,
Surrey Half

Shafali Motin

Completed in 2017

4.7

Lindsay helped me finish

Surrey Half Marathon

I experienced really painful cramps in both calves and Lindsay one of the participants helped me stretch it out. I had to walk the last mile, but couldn't have finished without your help. Thanks again 

 

Shafali

Posted on 12.03.17

Reply from the race organiser

Shafali,

Thanks for sharing this fantastic photo and for rating our event. It's great to hear that we have so many kind and helpful runners like Lindsay taking part in our race each year. Hope the cramps have finally eased. See you on 11th March 2018!

Surrey Half

Nick Silvester

Completed as a first timer in 2017

4.4

Totally disagree with the negative reviews

Water stations were fine, Marshalls at the right place and support along the way for a non-urban race was great

 

Posted on 12.03.17

Reply from the race organiser

Nick,

Thank you! Glad you had a great time, and thanks for taking the time to leave us a review. See you on 11th March 2018!

Surrey Half

Chris Nugent

Completed in 2017

4.9

Surrey Half

Great as last year! Had a wonderful running race.

Posted on 12.03.17

Reply from the race organiser

Chris,

Thanks so much for your fantastic review!! Glad you had a great time.

Surrey Half

ANDREA GOODMAN

Completed as a first timer in 2017

4.9

First Time at Surrey Half Marathon

The venue was easy to get to and very easy to find your way around the event. Facilities excellent. Organisationally excellent. Got a PB too to thrilled with that. Would love to do again in 2018.

Posted on 12.03.17

Reply from the race organiser

Andrea,

Thanks so much for the fantastic review and for taking the time to write it!

Looking forward to seeing you again on 11th March 2018.

Surrey Half

Mark Smallwood

Completed as a first timer in 2017

4.5

Best Half Marathon - Dont' think so

Entered this on the basis of being voted one of the best half marathons about.

Good Stuff

  • Number was sent out so no faffing about prior to race
  • Bag drop off was efficent once you got in the building (I managed to go in via the exit - ooops)
  • Pre Race band was good fro atmosphere
  • Could hear the start and the bloke with the mic was actually heard and semi interesting
  • Course was completley closed road
  • Pretty scenic route
  • Both miles/km signposted

Bad Stuff

  • Disappointed with the medal - looks cheap
  • No goody bag?   Space blanket / banana / protein bar and water meant your arms were getting full once out of exit area
  • In view of the above it was expensive to enter
  • No T-shirt for that price?
  • No isotonic/sports drinks on course

In general it was a good race just marred by the cost and rewards at the finish. Felt slightly cheated especily when looking at medal from weymouth which was the alternative.

Posted on 12.03.17

Reply from the race organiser

Mark,

Thanks for taking the time to give us a review. The awards that we have won are not endorsed, but were awarded to us as a direct result of voluntary reviews from runners who have taken part in the event before.

I'm sorry that you didn't like the medal - we can assure you that for that size and weight of medal they are not cheap! But we do change the design each year so fingers crossed that you'll prefer our 2018 design. :)

With regard to the goody bag we'll raise your request in our debrief. Along with the electric lead car and encouraging the use of public transport as just a couple of examples, not issuing plastic goody bags is just one of the ways we strive to be a zero-impact event. We have always upheld our promise to give our runners all the goodies without the bag, but we promise to discuss the provision of bags in our debrief.

Hope that answers some of your points - t-shirt and sports drinks will also be discussed.

Hopefully see you on 11th March 2018.

Surrey Half

Karl Vernum

Completed as a first timer in 2017

4.6

Great run

will be doing it next year

Posted on 12.03.17

Reply from the race organiser

Glad to hear it Karl! Thanks so much for taking the time to give us a review. See you on 11th March 2018!

Surrey Half

Robert Allen

Completed as a first timer in 2017

4.6

Wet, but flat and fast

My first half, so little by the way of comparison.

registration was simple, plenty of pre race info and decent social media sites for any queries. 

Race pack was a simple affair with a number, baggage tag and a neck buff. There was a pre race expo which you could collect from, i didn't go but postal delivery was fine.

Race pack and instructions for the day were decent found the car parks directed easily enough and it was about a 10 min walk to the race.

start was set up well with pacers easily identifiable throughout the pack. Took about 4 mins to clear the start line, but gun and chip timing available so no big deal.

Course is pretty flat, few slight ramps but nothing major. It was heavy rain for most of the race, but still lot of local support out considering and lots of cheering and encouragement. Some of the local pubs you pass had bands to add to the atmosphere.

On return flapjack, banana and a quality medal. I get the impression the effort has gone in to to the medal so if you expect a lot of freebies then you will be disappointed. Live results up straight away as far as I could tell.

race village had a few stalls, but the weather made that a bit of a washout you could get your medal engraved, get a massage that sort of thing. Loads of toilets so no queues, and plenty of places to get a coffee etc 

 

 

 

 

Posted on 12.03.17

Reply from the race organiser

Thanks so much for taking the time to give us a very thorough review Robert. See you on 11th March 2018!

Surrey Half

Robert Allen

Completed as a first timer in 2017

4.6

Wet, but flat and fast

My first half, so little by the way of comparison.

registration was simple, plenty of pre race info and decent social media sites for any queries. 

Race pack was a simple affair with a number, baggage tag and a neck buff. There was a pre race expo which you could collect from, i didn't go but postal delivery was fine.

Race pack and instructions for the day were decent found the car parks directed easily enough and it was about a 10 min walk to the race.

start was set up well with pacers easily identifiable throughout the pack. Took about 4 mins to clear the start line, but gun and chip timing available so no big deal.

Course is pretty flat, few slight ramps but nothing major. It was heavy rain for most of the race, but still lot of local support out considering and lots of cheering and encouragement. Some of the local pubs you pass had bands to add to the atmosphere.

On return flapjack, banana and a quality medal. I get the impression the effort has gone in to to the medal so if you expect a lot of freebies then you will be disappointed. Live results up straight away as far as I could tell.

race village had a few stalls, but the weather made that a bit of a washout you could get your medal engraved, get a massage that sort of thing. Loads of toilets so no queues, and plenty of places to get a coffee etc 

 

 

 

 

Posted on 12.03.17

Reply from the race organiser

Robert,

Thanks so much for taking the time to give us a very thorough review. Hope you can join us on 11th March 2018!

Surrey Half

Marcelo Kern

Completed in 2017

2.9

Needs changing

I have done the Surrey Half Marathon since its launch in 2014. The route has changed and improved throughout the years, however it feels that some changes are needed.

The race has grown significantly in the past two years, and in 2017 it felt that there were too many runners for the paths at least in the first 10k. The planners should also rethink the very long route at Guildford Road - again it was too narrow for the runners, and I had some of them pushing me to get through.

There were some problems in the water stations, where a lot of runners couldn't see the signs and would just have to suddenly try to reach a volunteer.

It is a good race overall - the weather didn't help this year and we didn't have a lot of supporters because of that.

 

Posted on 12.03.17

Reply from the race organiser

Marcelo,

Thanks so much for taking the time to give us some feedback - and for your continued loyalty since 2014. We'll be discussing the points you have raised at our debrief. We may be able to maximise space without changing the route by improving our start pens for example - and therefore minimise the number of runners overtaking.

Hope you can join us on 11th March 2018!

Surrey Half

Elena Kritikos

Completed as a first timer in 2017

4

First time Surrey Half 2017

Surrey Half Marathon

Overall great race. Registration was fine although AAT events number should be on website as I had to Google for the organiser. 

Event village was great although wish race pack included further details of stalls. 

Track itself was good, minimal potholes. Overhead signage for water stations and distances instead of just at the side of the road would've been helpful. Missed first water station. Loved the goodies at the end :).

I used the Glympse app and heard there are prizes for the first few who shared their location, although I don't know how to check this (I used it pretty early on, and have contacted AAT).

Thanks for organising!

Posted on 12.03.17

Reply from the race organiser

Elena,

Thanks so much for taking the time to give us some great feedback. We'll take your comments on board. Unfortunately there is no where to fix overhead signage though as there are no bridges etc.
That is correct re Glympse prizes - the giveaway was managed by Glympse and the winners have been contacted.

Hope you can join us on 11th March 2018!

Surrey Half

Paul Summerhill

Completed as a first timer in 2016

4.7

My first race

The Surrey Half will always have a special place in my heart...

My first race (in over nearly 30 years)

My first half-marathon

My local race

The conditions were perfect for me - dry and cold. The support around the course was great and although I'd started with the sole aim of finishing and ideally around 2:15, I actually managed 2:01:07!

I'd be back to go sub-2!

Posted on 26.03.17

Helen Hooper

Completed as a first timer in 2016

Good route

Good route lots of spots for spectators to view.

Only down fall was after the race collecting medals drinks etc as it took quite a while and was congested.

Posted on 17.03.17

Glenn Mitchell

Completed in 2016

4.6

Can't go wrong

Overall this is a good event that's worth doing.

It's grown a lot since the first installment in 2014. Woking leisure centre is a convenient place to start, although there isn't much parking down there - better to park in the town centre and walk the 15-20 mins to the start.

The course is virtually flat (only 2-3 small inclines to get up - 2 of which are up to railway bridges), so it's a good one for a PB if you're after one. The parts of the course away from town around hook heath are sparsely populated with locals watching from their driveways, but nearer the start/finish support is pretty good. There are bands and things like that dotted around as well which are a nice distraction.

This is one of the few races I've done which actually provides enough toilets at the start. Full marks for that so I hope it continues! There are a couple of aid stations too, so no need to carry water around.

It's a little on the expensive side but the road closures (including the main Woking-Guildford road) can't be cheap, and it's worth it to not have to queue for that pre-race toilet stop!!

Posted on 21.12.16

Andy Cornelius

Completed in 2016

5

Excellent race

Excellent run

Posted on 22.11.16

Richard Dowling

Completed as a first timer in 2016

5

First ever race

it was a great day my first race ever I was nervous but got chatting to others and the nerves went.

 

My wife and two children came to watch and they seem my at the loop section so got to see them all twice for that needed boost.

 

The course was good a few hills but not to bad.

 

Since this race I've entered more races through all about triathlons  Web site .

 

I would recommend this race it's a good local race and it's a half marathon so not to far for those us who think the full one is to far. But it's got all the buzz on the day as if it was a big city full marathon.

The expo in Feb before the race was good went to that and got some good advice.

And the medal is great worn with pride on my slow sore walk home.

 

I booked the 2017 race the night I finished that one.

 

 

Posted on 21.11.16

Reply from the race organiser

Thanks for the great review Richard. It's great to hear that you'll be back for more and joining us at other aat events too!

Max King

Completed in 2016

5

Everything you want from a race and more

Exceptional value for money (I booked in September) and I thought it was really well organised. The medal was awesome and the event just had everything a great race should have. Although you don't get an actual plastic bag you do get all the bits you'd expect to receive in a goody bag - nice to see a big race taking responsibility for saving the planet. Bring on 2017!

Posted on 29.09.16

John Kearns

Completed in 2016

5

Best Half Marathon I've Ever Done!

Excellent organisation from sign up to the finish line. The course is really flat so this race is a must for anyone wanting to achieve a PB. Awesome medal and other goodies. Loved it and can't wait for 2017.

Posted on 29.09.16

Donna Laycock

Completed as a first timer in 2016

4.2

Up & down but not really..

This was my second half marathon, the first being Hampton court half where I was left fairly underwhelmed at their treatment of slower runners. Happy to report that the Surrey half completely met my expectations and restored my faith. The run up emails meant there was no excuse to miss the start line, the gentlemen on the tannoy was great from the countdown to the start removing panic about waiting in the bag drop queue to the end where we were welcomed to the finish line by name. 

Points of improvement would be the maze they seemed to have created for the bag drop, I'd also like a T-Shirt or goody bag.

Posted on 30.03.16

Reply from the race organiser

Thanks for taking the time to review your experience. We're really glad you enjoyed the day. We've reviewed all feedback and put plans in place to improve some aspects of the event for 2017.

Helen Turner

Completed as a first timer in 2016

5

Faultless organisation and wonderful atmosphere

As a 1st timer at the Surrey 1/2 I was extremely impressed.  The organisaiton really was faultless.  Yes there were queues for the bag drop 20 mins before the race start, but that comes with 5,000 people wanting to hang on to their coats on a chilly morning.  The PA system politely kept everyone informed of the time and what they should be doing, or thinking about doing!  Going to the loo, bag drop etc.  There were no delays in the start.  The atmosphere on the route was great fun.  Residents standing in their driveways drinking tea, brass bands, rock bands.  Not many runners were in fancy dress which made a spectacle of the ones that were, most noticeably Tony the Fridge.  Would not hesitate to recommend or sign up again in the future.

Posted on 15.03.16

Reply from the race organiser

Thanks so much for your wonderful feedback. We're glad you had a fantastic time and look forward to seeing you next year.

Paul Summerhill

Completed as a first timer in 2016

4.7

A great race for my first half!

Surrey Half Marathon

I really enjoyed the Surrey Half - first time I've ever run in a race and the pre/during organisation was great, matched by a fantastic course!

Considering doing it again next year...

Posted on 14.03.16

Reply from the race organiser

Thanks so much for your wonderful feedback. We're glad you had a fantastic time and look forward to seeing you next year.

Nick Dransfield

Completed as a first timer in 2016

4.4

Great Half marathon

Well done on a very good half marathon. Support around the course was very good. The only complaint is with the mile markers being off, some short and a couple long mile 12 being very short! Being a pacemaker this caused a bit of unrest.

 

Nevertheless a very good course, uphills weren't lung busters and you were always rewarded with a downhill afterwards.

Posted on 14.03.16

Reply from the race organiser

Thanks for taking the time to review your experience. We're really glad you enjoyed the day. We've reviewed all feedback and put plans in place to improve some aspects of the event for 2017. We look forward to having you back next year.

oli dillon

Completed as a first timer in 2016

5

Surrey Half

Thank you aat events for a great morning running. Great route and bagged myself a pb too!

Posted on 14.03.16

Reply from the race organiser

You're welcome. We're glad you had a fantastic time and look forward to seeing you next year.

Cat Demetriou

Completed in 2016

4.6

Fast paced and fabulous

Surrey Half Marathon

My fourth half marathon

Posted on 14.03.16

Helen varcoe

Completed as a first timer in 2016

4.5

Surrey Alps Half!

Surrey Half Marathon

I was running on behalf of a local Charity Woking Hospice. I didn't have the best preparation as I was running with a swollen ankle from falling down the stairs two days before!
The event was very well organised. Your race number was sent in post & the race pack was online or on the App. I chose to use the App as it was easy & useful for the Parking Map & Race Day info. The event Village was in the middle of the Start and Finish so had a great buzz for relatives and you were able to find everything & each other easily! The Baggage was easy to access in the Leisure Centre, a brilliant idea as then the changing facilities were useable straight after the race.
There were plenty of toilets!
The Start was organised with plenty of space & penned for your finish time. I chose to run with the 1:50 Pacers. It was great to hear the commentary he was very encouraging and kept you well informed as to how long before the start.
The route was very 'Undulating' flat they said! I can assure you it's not with a couple of stingers of hills in. It's a well marshalled course and as its all closed to traffic it did not get too congested. Plenty of water stations to get you round & a wonderful spectator Finish.
I didn't have one of my best runs, had a great day & fab bit of finishing Bling!

Posted on 14.03.16

Reply from the race organiser

Thanks so much for your wonderful feedback. We're glad you had a fantastic time and look forward to seeing you next year.

Melissa Goldsmith

Completed as a first timer in 2016

4.5

Lovely Race Just Outside of London

Almost missed due to a logisitica failure on my part (aka the London Underground has a later start time on Sundays!) I was simply happy to make it to the race!

Bag drop off/pick up was very simple (a bit of a queue on either end, but 5 min max fr both) and they were also offering massages pre and post race (bit longer queue). 

An abundance of loos scattered thruought the race village made getting in the last loo before the race quite easy. 

Race started on time (hooray!)

Lovely road race along the country road of surrey with some nice views of fields and pastures, and passing by little towns produced some lively local cheering teams. Little kids tried for high fives and liberally gave out jelly babies. 

Dont let the race info fool you-- there are steady inclines along the route (not sure I would go as far to say they are hills but they are there). Just be prepared!

Lovely running bunch as well-- would recommend if you are looking for a race that day!

Posted on 14.03.16

Reply from the race organiser

Thanks for taking the time to review your experience. We're really glad you enjoyed the day. We've reviewed all feedback and put plans in place to improve some aspects of the event for 2017.

Sarah Phillips

Completed as a first timer in 2016

5

Best race this year!

Surrey Half Marathon

this was my tied race this year and it really was the best so far! 

The lead up to the race was great and felt well prepared. Event village was buzzing and well laid out.

Local support was really wonderful and helped to make the race truly wonderful. Great scenery and interesting course.

Great medal, only one thing I would like to see is a goody bag, I do love a goody bag :) 

Posted on 13.03.16

Reply from the race organiser

Thanks for taking the time to review your experience. We're really glad you enjoyed the day. See you next year!

Len Holgate

Completed in 2016

4.7

Once again, a very good race

Everything went very smoothly and worked well. The course is nice and flat (ish) and you get lots of support along the way.

Posted on 13.03.16

Reply from the race organiser

Thanks for taking the time to review your experience. We're really glad you enjoyed the day. See you next year!

Russell Finn

Completed as a first timer in 2016

4.4

Excellent organisation, flat and fast, great race

A little pricey, but faultless organisation, lots of toilets, 2 pacers for each 10-minute-separated finish goal time, squeezy water bottles at the 4 stations, nice and flat = fast, loads of helpers for the bag drop and water stations, nice medal.

Great race for PB attempts.

Posted on 13.03.16

Reply from the race organiser

Thanks for taking the time to review your experience. We're really glad you enjoyed the day, and we hope to see you back next year!

Jill Denyer

Completed in 2016

4.8

Great Race

Superb. Excellent organisation & support. PB potential, regular aid stations & fantastic support along the route. They even get the weather right!

Posted on 13.03.16

Reply from the race organiser

Thanks for your feedback! See you next year :)

Neil Whitehouse

Completed in 2016

5

My first half!

First timer so nothing to compare it to, but I was struck by the friendly atmosphere and despite being a first timer I wasn't made to feel like a newbie. Loads of support from fellow runners spurring me on. Well organised, great atmosphere and a really nice and picturesque course. 

Posted on 13.03.16

Reply from the race organiser

Thanks for your wonderful feedback. We look forward to having you back next year!

Richard Moss

Completed in 2016

4.9

Great organisation, great race!

Brilliantly organised, helpful staff everywhere, lovely course, great crowd, top morning!!

Posted on 13.03.16

Reply from the race organiser

Thanks for your feedback. See you next year!

Seamus Anderson

Completed as a first timer in 2016

4.7

Excellent half through pretty Surrey heath

Very well organised. Good course. Mainly flat some minor inclines. Loved the event. Great atmosphere. 4,500 people.  Bag drop could be better organised. 

Posted on 13.03.16

Reply from the race organiser

Thanks for taking the time to review your experience. We're really glad you enjoyed the day. We've reviewed all feedback and put plans in place to improve some aspects of the event for 2017.

Andrew Malcolm

Completed in 2016

3.8

Great race

Great venue and race  wonderful support was harder than expected hopefully do it again

Posted on 13.03.16

Reply from the race organiser

Thanks for your feedback - looking forward to having you back next year!

Adrian Reed

Completed in 2016

4.9

Great Race

Great race through the country side and we'll organised 

 

Posted on 13.03.16

Reply from the race organiser

Thanks for your feedback. See you next year!

Bee James

Completed in 2016

4.9

Surrey Half Marathon Closed Road Race 13/03/2016

As a keen recreational runner the Surrey Half Marathon is by far my favourite half. It offers all the elements I consider when entering a race, such as natural scenery, support from race organisers and the uniqueness of the finisher's medal.

This year the race team split the training into two halves which worked well for an average runner like myself. I commenced my half marathon training with the Hogs Back race on 6/12/15 while the 5 kilometre race and workshop in February served as guide on how well my training should be progressing.  

There was also a sports motivational mind training session which added a final bit of motivation and I came away from the talk having felt like I'd already run the half in my head.

Toby, the race director was also quite lovely and after meeting the rest of the AAT team I felt they too really enjoyed running, so the race gets  a massive 10 from me!

Bridgette James

http://www.beeojames.co.uk

Team Red member #UKRunChat

Posted on 13.03.16

Reply from the race organiser

Thanks for taking the time to review your experience. We're really glad you enjoyed the day and your training for it!! See you next year :)

Alistair Dolphin

Completed as a first timer in 2016

4.1

First Half Marathon

Surrey Half Marathon

My first half marathon and a great experience. Looking forward to more races in the future.

Posted on 13.03.16

Reply from the race organiser

Thanks for your feedback. We're glad you had a fantastic time and look forward to seeing you next year.

Mark Weller

Completed in 2015

5

Good fast and well organised!

A good lead up to the marathon season! 

Posted on 21.01.16