In short: STILL in pain, 361 days to recover to the next In full: I'm getting an old hand at this one-my 6th- but it is never less than a great race. This year with added heat. Despite knowing every tree root I still turned my ankle at mile 1, screamed then carried on as I wanted the thrill of the run home after 12 more miles. This event can't improve but somehow it is a different experience each time-next year, snow please.Great marshalls, picnic and bagpipes, roll on another year in my life. Date of review: June 25, 2014
In short: BRILLIANT POTENTIAL In full: Needs better info before race, what came was late and was unclear. Start needs improving, time pens and wider, straighter route. Main issue water in plastic cups very poor. Will do it again potential to be great, with the superb local support and some improvements. Date of review: June 25, 2014
In short: Friendly, fun but challenging 10K In full: Not an ideal course for anyone looking for a PB but it scores 10/10 for scenery and lovely quiet roads to run on (with the exception of some the last 2k). Lovely atmosphere, very friendly and the marshals were great at cheering the runners on too as a lot of the route was in the countryside with few spectators. Very well organised, especially for an inaugural event, and I would definitely do again. Date of review: June 25, 2014
In short: 4 days later and I am still in pain! In full: I wish all races could have this same sense of fun, camaraderie and challenge. Yes it's tough but so much more rewarding physically, mentally and spiritually than simply pounding the pavements. If you do one race next year do this one! Date of review: June 25, 2014
In short: Disappointed it's not recognised as a 5km on the power of 10 - down as NAD. In full: Great race, excellent organisation... Just gutted my time won't stand officially on the Power of 10 website! Really disappointed Date of review: June 25, 2014
In short: You just have to do this race! In full: I was ill, I hadn't been able to train, but I couldn't not run - so I thought I would just jog round! Needless to say I finshed a lot further down than I would have liked but if it hadn't been for the jaffa cakes I probably wouldn't have finished at all:-) Took a long time to decide how to rate 'Value' - it is expensive but you do get a proper technical t-shirt (with your name on it), a brilliant beer glass (new this year - please keep this in future years!), and if you need them there are a lot of jaffa cakes - so all in all I have to rate it a bargain. Date of review: June 25, 2014
In short: Well organised event with a big race feel at the start and finish In full: Very efficiently organised. A well run car park area led to a good atmosphere around the start. Good to see people lining up according to anticipated finish times. Great music and good support for the majority of the race. The race goes alongside a main road for a short while - the quiet roads after this are much calmer and command superb views. This is potentially a quick course, but the heat on the day certainly slowed me. Well done to the organisers for putting on this welcoming event and raising so much for charity. Date of review: June 25, 2014
In short: A good first race, but improvements should be made for next year In full: We live in East London and know the area fairly well, so were looking forward to running closed roads; that was great. Saw things that we hadn't seen before. Great starting on Hackney Marshes and the support along the route really was enervating. The volunteers (mostly youngsters) should also be congratulated; brilliant effort.
There are things that could and should be improved for next year (having seen other comments, I'm not pulling up any new trees with these): 1. Miles 10-12 around Olympic Park; doubling back, no shade, little water. Very dispiriting. 2. Lots of loos at the start, but seemed as if only 40% contained loo roll (at 07.30 onwards!). We always take our own to races, but lots don't. 3. Allocated pens need to be sorted out for the start. The thick end of 10,000 people can't and shouldn't be relied upon to find their own way to the time slots (which was impossible anyway due to the crush) 4. Water stops both sides of the route to prevent crushes/ stop-start. Been said elsewhere 5. Goody bag was a bit underwhelming. Nice medal, sure, but a technical (or even non-tech_ t-shirt would have been a really nice momento, as the entrance fee wasn't that cheap. 6. At one point, a car drove onto the route with a family with an abusive driver. Lots of fellow runers had a go, but stewarding needed to be a bit stronger there, as he drove about 1/2 mile amongst runners before turning off the course! 6. There were some queues for bag-collecting and massage (a massive queue!), but that didn't really impact me.
All considered, a good first attempt and the course could be a real PB'er (not many hills).
In short: great day and enjoyable but for last 3 miles In full: this was my first half marathon so I was a bit nervous. well I really enjoyed the atmosphere from the start and the turn from both runners and watchers was great. my only problem with the whole thing was the last 3 miles and I know other people have mentioned it but for someone on there first 13 miler the last 3 are hard enough anyway without making you run past people 2 miles ahead and letting you burn to death with no water to be seen apart from the river you are running over. please change that bit for next year because I will definitely be back next year to race this enjoyable run. Date of review: June 25, 2014
In short: Great race In full: Great to see Hackney organizing a running event, I had no problems with water and was impressed with the overall experience. Locals giving out water and cooling runners with water hoses just show you how they embraced the race. Maybe they could try and get Overland to start running a bit earlier for the event next year as it was a struggle to get there on time to start. Also first aid staff had no Vaseline to hand and in that temperature it was a must have, I would suggest a big pot at the water stations next year.
In short: Excellent for a first-time event with great support In full: Well done to the organisers for getting such a huge event off the ground. The organisation was excellent, especially at the start, and the atmosphere was great both there and round the course.
A few small things to work on for next year, most of which have been mentioned elsewhere: 1. More access points to specific starting pens 2. Water pouches - great in principle, and have used them successfully before, but these ones seemed particularly hard to get into. I had a couple I couldn't open at all and another which exploded (which at least gave me a cooling shower). 3. Plenty of parking at Westfield as advertised, but it was hard to find the way out (more signage?) and the walk was more like 30 than 20 mins so might have been a problem if running late 4. Course was mostly very enjoyable, but all those switchbacks in the last 2-3 miles were a bit dispiriting. 5. For some reason the baggage drop for low numbers (0-1,000) had long queues both at drop-off and pick-up, whereas others seemed to be moving more freely.
All just minor teething problems though. Well done and thanks to all the marshalls who gave up their Sunday morning and were so cheerful and encouraging. Date of review: June 25, 2014
In short: Why would I do this 6 years in a row now? Because nothing easy is woth doing. In full: I have done hundreds of races over the years of all lengths and in many locations. Very few have the comradery, challenge and end with such a grand sense of accomplishment when compared to the Midsummer Munro/Picnic. I would encourage anyone with a sense of adventure and a strong will to give this one a shot. Start with the half with an eye to trying the Picnic. Thank goodness there will never be another Olympicnic in my lifetime – that one nearly killed me. Date of review: June 25, 2014