I ran this half marathon in 2016 and as excited as I was about joining, in the wake of the event I think people need to be warned about the many many problems with this race organiser... The route itself was OK and runners got awesome cheering along the way from spectators and people living in the towns we passed. But that's about where the positives stop... The event is pricey to join but very poorly organised with a clear emphasis on cost-cutting: generic finisher T-shirts (not even the year mentioned on them), very few toilets considering the large number of runners and supporters that had signed up, no changing area at the finish so long queues at the toilets again... The start of the race itself was delayed two times - but y long - 5 minutes or so, but still adding to the general impression of poor organisation. The worst aspect still is that the medals were not ready for race day and were delivered 1 month late after several missed deadlines and very poor communication from the organisers. No effort has been made to make it up to the runners for this incredibly long delay - for something that had been paid for upfront. During the long wait communication was very scarce and offering no details on what had happened, we were even told by the race director "I'm sure the wait will be worthwhile." Unfortunately, this was not at all the case: when the medals were eventually delivered, they were a very big disappointment with absolutely no inscription: no year, no distance, no race name, nothing. Just a piece of metal delivered 1 month late - by far the worse memento of any race I took part in. I read about many issues from previous years as well, with the route being longer than a half-marathon, etc... I think all this comes to show the lack of interest on the organiser's part, as well as a general disrespect for runners who pay good money to attend these events! I for one will not be joining this race again nor others organised by GSi and I would suggest to anyone else to stay clear from this race or the organisers as they treat runner with utter disrespect and will provide a 'cheap' experience charging you a high price. You will be better off do any other race instead!
Posted: 19/10/2016 at 12:17