Leicestershire Half Marathon

Prestwold Hall, Leicester

Organiser's Description

Beat those February blues and join us for our third year at Prestwold Hall for another Leicestershire Half Marathon. Take the opportunity to race around this unique route. This road closed half marathon will start and finish in front of the beautiful Prestwold Hall, heading around the race track and onto surrounding rural roads. Each mile is accurately marked out with distance flags, and we have plenty of helpers to keep you on track, and to encourage you on your way to the finish.

Please note that due to road closures, there is a strict 3 hour cut off time for this event.

Start Time

09:30am

Races

Chip timed results

Unique themed medal

Limited edition finisher's t-shirt

Free official event photos

Goodie bag

Prestwold Hall, Leicester LE12 5SQ

There will be parking at the venue for all runners. The postcode for your Sat Nav is: LE12 5SQ

Once you enter you will receive a confirmation email. More information about your race pack and the big day will be sent closer to the event. Enjoy!

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Reviews

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Well organised

A well organised event and nice medal received at the end. Although, as referred to in other reviews the course is slightly dull around the racetrack/airfield. Running into massive headwinds on very long straights is not enjoyable. The rural and village elements of the course are nice, shame there wasn’t more of this on the course. Also nowhere really for those who come along but aren’t racing. Some great freebies handed out at the finish line and the stewards did an excellent job on the day.

Daniel Willims / Mar 06, 2020

Good if a little dull

Pre race organisation was good.
Plenty of parking.
Weather was not nice though can’t really be helped.
Negatives for me were the course was rather dull as it was around old race tracks and the start/finish meant the start was rather congested and the finish on the gravel made the dash home rather difficult. Overall a good experience.

Michael Bold / Feb 24, 2020

Great event

As above I think it’s a really well organised event. Especially with all the rain etc in the run up to this year.
But these are things you could do better...
Move the start line - far too narrow for the numbers of runners. Prestwold Hall itself is a wonderful backdrop for when the group is strung out, however completely impractical at the start line!
Delay the start a little- it was clear people were queuing to get in with the rain waters etc. Just 5 mins would have allowed most of the stragglers to make the start.
The environmental concern- medals, bottled water, t-shirts etc all add to waste. Give runners the choice to opt-out of these things. Ask runners to bring their own drinks if they want them.
The course- too much time spent doing loops on the airfield.
I’m being critical as I really did enjoy the race, but there is always room for improvement!!!

Graeme Ostah / Feb 24, 2020

Very well organised

Parking was excellent and the marshals were fantastic, however I have to be honest and say that it wasn't the nicest race I've attended to. So very windy (nobody's fault), the route was very boring and there was a lack of animation.

I am afraid I don't think I will repeat again.

Many thanks
Pedro

Pedro Lima / Feb 24, 2020

My first half marathon event

This was my first half marathon event, so unable to compare. However, felt from first booking my place online to finishing the race that the event was well organised.

# Parking was good plenty of spaces.
# warm up exercises good
# actually venue nice grounds
# food and beverages available
# Marshall's were very motivating around the route
# medal and goodie bag was good

Although, I did feel there could have been some seating area for family/friends while they wait for you to complete race.

Overall for my first race I was happy and would recommend

Sue Sue / Feb 24, 2020

Well organised with PB potential

A good event run in terrible weather conditions this year (2020). The wind and rain nearly put me off going, but a gap in the cloud appeared right at the start of the race and off we went!

The course itself is a little boring, to be honest - lots of loops around the old aerodrome / driving schools, but the elements round the old back lanes and small villages are great. Generally flat with a few minor inclines. Lots of freebies, big fan of the water stations giving actual bottles out as someone that gets thirsty easy (though I recognise it’s not the plastic waste isn’t good for the environment).

Nice medal, can’t complain. Would like to see a bit more of a race village - there were only two massage tables available at the end, and my Dad who came to support wasn’t impressed with what he called the slowest food van in Britain! Would like to see more sponsor tents / other bits and bobs around.

A good event for the middle of marathon training.

Sam Reavley / Feb 24, 2020

Excellent

Daniel O'Connor / Feb 24, 2020

Poorly organised.

Poorly organised. Wanted to go the start line held back by stewards. I mentioned the race started in 3 mins, to which he replied you have to wait until the loud speaker instructs you to go down. No one could hear the loud speaker. Finally allowed to go to start, could hear the start gun. The first 200m was to tight for the number of people. Not a very scenic course, race track is an eyesore. Wouldn't run it again and wound advise others against it.
On the plus side marshalls were very friendly, including the one mentioned above. Not their fault

Gavin Moore / Feb 24, 2020

A well organised event

Really enjoyed my first half marathon. Very well organised 😊 wish weather was better but this is something we can't change!

Edyta Dobrzanska / Feb 24, 2020

Had to re-register at event

I signed up and got my confirmation email through 5 days in advance, but they had no record of me when I got there, and had to re-register. They'd taken my money, obviously, just not registered me. They had three tables at the registration/pick up area each for different groups of surnames, but the letters allocated to each desk (eg Surnames A - E) were only shown to you when you got to the desk; the letters were lying flat on the table. So you join a queue because there is no way of knowing which queue you should be in, then get a sigh and a roll of the eyes from the person behind the desk when you say your surname and they direct you to another table. Because it's my fault the only place to read what surnames a table is for when you actually get to the table. Good parking, good marshalling and a nice course. But the the organisation logistics let it down.

James Wright / Feb 24, 2020

Well organised but route not that exciting

Very well organised and friendly smaller-scale half marathon event with good freebies at the end. Only criticism would be that with the route being largely round the race track it ended up feeling a bit repetitive compared to a race that had taken in more of the surrounding villages (although that's obviously harder to manage in terms of road closures etc).

Dave Foster / Feb 24, 2020

Decent enough

Well organised and not a bad course although some repetitive parts not ideal for some. The only real criticism is the surface which is very unsafe in certain areas. I almost badly injured myself when my foot went into (one of hundreds) a pot hole. I saw many others slipping and losing their footing. There was also a bottle neck right at the start which caused around a minute delay which wasn’t ideal. That aside, it was a very enjoyable race and I would definitely do it again.

Richard Sheppard / Feb 24, 2020

Amazing Event

This was my first ever half-marathon and got to say it was fun. The people that came were super nice and the staff friendly and supportive. Really enjoyed it, definitely will be thinking of my next runners milestone now

Kamil Pantuczek / Feb 24, 2020

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