Reigate Half Marathon
As a resident of Reigate it was an absolute pleasure to have a Half-Marathon organised down the road from my house. It took away all the worry about where to park and how long the queue for the bag drop and toilets would be. Everyone has race nerves in the morning so great to have less things to focus on. I always find it hard when you have to travel far to decide how early to arrive – allowing plenty of time but not wanting to get too cold waiting for the start-time.
I arrived at 8.30am and I was able to meet my fellow running companions and fit in the last minute toilet trip. (One tip for the organisers would be maybe not have the men’s urinal open doorway so close to the ladies queue – a bit embarrassing when you can see people you know as well).
As a fairly late arrival I did not have time to spot the pacers before the race but I did see them once the race had started.
I have to say I thought the whole event was well organised and the choice of route superb. It was a mainly flat route with a few long climbs but it meant it was a fairly fast route so I imagine there were plenty of PB’s.
The route was mainly on road with a fairly long incline just after leaving Priory Park up Cockshot Hill. The route was very well planned and the width of road and path meant there were no bottlenecks. This is one of my pet hates when you are all psyched up to run your pace and have to stand still due to overcrowding, The worst Half-Marathon for this I found was Farnham over stiles and I think no-one enjoys getting an unnecessary slow time because of a bad route choice.
I have not mentioned the weather yet – a mid-September day at its finest with a slight breeze but sunshine and blue sky all the way. Had there been lots of rainfall the route would have still been good due to being nearly all road.
The atmosphere was fantastic with lots of cheering crowds, a DJ and school band at different points along the way. The water points were well placed too.
It is therefore hard to think of any improvements to make to this event and I am already looking forward to next year. Well done Dave Kelly and RunReigate.
Next year’s adidas Run Reigate Half Marathon will take place on Sunday 20 September 2015.