In short: My first half-marathon. Great atmosphere, pity about the start line traffic jam. In full: Everyone warned me about the slog up the Portway - I don't know what they were talking about as it was definately my favourite part having lost the traffic jam at the start. I was held up at the beginning by those obviously starting in the wrong place for their fitness level. Otherwise I had a great day. Date of review: October 11, 2005
In short: Fantastic race! In full: Weather couldn't have been better and the atmosphere was terrific with bands playing and crowds continuously cheering participants on. Wonderfully flat route - good for personal best. Well organised and a great goodie bag at end. Brilliant from start to finish. Date of review: October 11, 2005
In short: First time runner and was impressed. The weather was fantastic and made for a very quick race (1hr 11 mins 13 secs) In full: I thought the wave system was a great success and the start was not very congested! I agree with people's comments re the mile markers....I missed about half! Only sour note was being issued a parking ticket at one of the "free, closed to runners" car parks, apparently shoppers were parking there so they started to issue tickets to everyone. Anyway hopefully the appeal is successful!
Definately be back next year! Date of review: October 11, 2005
In short: Great course, shame about the organisation In full: For a first timer like me, the organisation could not have been more woeful. I never received a pack and the vague website info was no help. It's only down to the charity I ran for (Macmillan, who were quite superb) that I had even the faintest clue where to turn up to. Agree with others about post-race shambles. Had the potential for putting me off ever doing a race again - luckily the course was a good one and the support ditto. Date of review: October 11, 2005
In short: 3 lap course in and around Dulwich Park In full: Nice race but some sharp corners and also very irritating to have to dodge pedestrians and queues at the bus stops. Date of review: October 11, 2005
In short: Top Event In full: White wave - felt pretty uncrowded although I did overtake a number of people from the first wave, which surprised me with my own time of 1:37 (slowish, I know but quite an achievement for me). Friendly and inspiring atmosphere - both crowd and fellow runners. However, as others have commented, it's a shame how rude a small minority of people remain as they barge their way through. Surprised to read that some thought it windy - a little breeze would have been very welcome towards the end as I felt in danger of overheating. By far the most enjoyable run of my relatively short running career which has started in my middle youth. A massive thank you to the organisers - can't wait for next year. Date of review: October 11, 2005
In short: Forget the hill and check out the scenery..! In full: A Really enjoyable race but maybe not the best for a PB as hill will add a min or 2 and may struggle to pass slower runners in early miles due to narrow paths. Despite that, very friendly and would highly recommend for beginners who want a relaxed atmosphere with a good mix of fun and serious runners. See you next year! Date of review: October 11, 2005