I completed this race yesterday for the first time (also my first half), it was very well organised and marshalled, with some closed roads and manned crossing points. Plenty of water stops provided and great food at the end (chocolate cookies much appreciated, plus bananas, energy balls, and fruit bags). All the marshalls were friendly and encouraging, despite standing out in the cold for hours, there were also quite a few members of the public along the route with encouragement and treats!
The course itself is good, tarmacced country lanes and roads, but it is quite hilly. The big, steep hill at mile 10 is a killer! I didn't see anyone manage to run up the whole thing! After the killer hill, the rest of the route is gently downhill back to the park and it is nice to finish with a lap of the athletics track even if I didn't have enough energy left for a sprint finish!
Due to the snow last week, we didn't receive our race packs in the post prior to the event, but the team were very good and provided alternative bib numbers for us with ease.
There were a few photographers out on the route and a photographer from the Dartford Messenger there before the race began.
Medal is great quality, solid metal with the date of the event on the ribbon. I would definitely do this half again and recommend it to anyone.
Posted on 12.03.18
Lovely run through Greenwich park. Two lap route so had to tackle those 2 horrible hills twice! I did make up the time on the steep downhill though. Some sharp turns, but well sign posted and had plenty of enthusiastic marshalls and spectators spread around the course. Marshalls also controlled traffic as there is one road crossing.
Registration was straight forward, bag drop was fine. Water station at 5km with plenty of cups, also plenty of drinks and sweets at the finish.
Unique medal and nice to get a souvenir headband instead of yet another t-shirt!
Posted on 27.11.17
Fantastic location for a race being in the Olympic Park and lovely to run in a smaller race for a less well known charity, but the course came up short at only 9km! This was particularly disappointing as I'd trained hard to get my first sub-hour 10km race time. Also, one very uneven, narrow, steep footbridge over the water which I had to walk over. However, the medal, finisher's bags and warm up were great so well worth doing if they sort out the measuring.
Posted on 07.08.17