Excellent, small, rural race (about: 2010)|
P. S. from Loughborough, England (5/13/10)
11-50 previous marathons
| 2 Halstead Marathon s
This is an excellent race. The course is an undulating figure 8, which is run twice, and with most of the worst hills in the first 5 miles it is easier than it could be. It passes through lovely countryside and there is almost no traffic to deal with. The only downside is that most of the final mile is run on grass and includes a fairly steep, albeit short, hill.
The organization is excellent, with 5 drinks stations, each passed twice, with the option of having your own drinks at them. The start and finish is at a leisure center, so there are changing and shower facilities. The goody bag is generous, the medal is excellent and the t-shirt is decent.
Spectators are limited on most of the course, but one section of road, which is passed four times, is heavily supported, and the marshals on the quieter sections are very encouraging.
One small negative is the lack of chip timing, but in a small field, it doesn't cost too much time, and it is unlikely to be a course on which you would run a PB anyway.