Overall this is a great half - or maybe it SHOULD be a great half.
Good numbers, really well organised and a great course - obviously the highlight is going past Hampton Court Palace, but the whole section along the canal towpath is great - and it's as flat as you could possibly want. Also arguably the best goody bag I've had after a race (what more could anyone want than a post race yazoo!)
The downside though is the lack of road closures in the first few miles. Even if just the first mile had closed roads (or a different route) it'd be much safer. It was quite congested and a lot of people ended up running on the road, which felt somewhat unsafe and crowded. Obviously that'd mean the race was a few pounds more, but definitely worth it to make absolutely sure of no accidents.
I'd probably do it again if the road closures were included, but probably not with the status quo.
Posted on 06.07.18
I decided I wanted to do a half somewhere in Europe, go somewhere I'd never been and try and use up some annual leave. A race in Reykjavik, on a Thursday in the middle of June ticked all those boxes - so rather impulsively I signed up.
It was a great decision. The "unique" element of this is the fact it starts at night - not quite midnight, I think the start time was 9pm. The organisation beforehand was good - lots of comms and a stress free organisation. Like most things in Iceland the race wasn't cheap, but equally probably better value than spending half the price pounding up and down a dual carriageway.
The course itself is not a flat PB course, but not one with anything too difficult. There's some incredible scenery - I can honestly say I've never run past a waterfall in a half before - and had it been sunny the midnight sun would've been incredible. It wasn't a huge field, but it does deserve more attendees - the marshalls were very excitable and friendly. Water in cups is never ideal for this distance but that's the only fault I can think of. Would run again and would recommend!
Posted on 06.07.18
I'll be honest - for £8.50 I wasn't expecting much.
I certainly wasn't expecting water stations on route (in a 10k), a fully marshalled course, good first aiders - and a medal to boot!
It's a great little race, with about 100 taking part, but it probably deserves double the turn out. It's very scenic throughout, there's two absolute killer hills in the first 5k - but it's worth it for the views and some fast downhills.
It's a bank holiday Monday staple - did it for the first time this year and will be back again and again!
Posted on 15.05.18