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.
My second race/half-marathon and although wet and dull, the atmosphere and support from the crowd and volunteers helped raise my spirits!
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.
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
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!!!
Great half marathon, even when it rains!
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.
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
Loved the course, especially the sections with spectator support. I felt that there were less bands than last year however which was a shame.
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
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'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).
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!
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.
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!
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.
I love everything about this race; it's really well organised, the support around the course is great and the route is excellent.
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.
Second time participant (2014 previously). Couldn't be more of a contrast with the weather but with one consistent feature : great support!
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.