In short: Great once it started but poor pre-race marshalling and info provided pre race was wrong (tube station closures etc) In full: Why or why can't races sort out the pacing and start (Nike Run London had a fine go at this). There were meant to be sings indictating where to stand before the start based on your projected time - they were not clear and ingored by all. I am not a quick runner (10k PB 49:43) but did not expect to encounter people walking within the first kilometer who had started well ahead of me. Do people not understand how fristrating this is? The pre-race organisation needs some work as there was no information being given out (certainly not if you weren't using the bag drop off) and the information given in the book pre-race was wrong - it is very frustrating to catch the tube to Picadilly - only a short walk to the meeting point) to find that the station is closed. Also there was no water station at the end of the race (but one about 500m before the finish). The race in general was great and I would do it again but hope that the organisation runs better. Date of review: July 4, 2005
In short: Fabulous location, but event was just sheer chaos In full: Route was beautiful and the crowds and music along the way were uplifting.
Logistics were dire. Chaotic combination of walkers and runners all the way along the route led to collisions. Woeful lack of signage pre- and post-race and not that great during the race either. Notice of upcoming water stations would have helped reduce the chaotic swerving when we happened upon them. Future events should not include a water station in an already crowded underpass!
Probably best to look on the event as a bit of a jog around some of the prettiest parts of central London to a Last Night of the Proms style soundtrack.
In short: Lovely, if testing, course. Well organised. In full: Relaxed atmosphere surrounding this local race belies the challenging nature of the excellent course. The course itself, around the scenic lanes of Aston, has twists and turns, ups and downs a plenty - and its completely traffic free.
Organisation was faultless. Well done Aston! Date of review: July 4, 2005
In short: First ever race experience, and I loved it! BUT... In full: This was my first ever race so I very quickly found out that nerves, sports drinks and a lack of toilets are not a great mix!!! I was running with my cousin and we got there early and started from the proper 1hr 15min post. But we were getting extremely fed up by the amount of runners and walkers (what was all the walking about?) pushing past us to get further up the start who were blatantly not going to be finishing ahead of us. I ran the race in 1hr 7mins and spent the entire race weaving around people? How can this be possible? My only other real gripe is that this being my first race I wanted to get all my single 1k splits but I kept missing the markers? I also couldn't figure out where the finish line was until I was virtually on top of it. All of this said, I thoroughly enjoyed myself and would run it again tomorrow! (well maybe wednesday) Date of review: July 4, 2005
In short: Great race. Included a bit of everything from hopping over styles, along single tacks, fields and roads. All off road or on qiet lanes. Well marshalled and lots of drink stations where bottles were given out. Date of review: July 4, 2005
In short: friendly, well-organised, not that flat In full: Well-organised race in pleasant countryside. The fairly gentle slopes and one little hill may not be enough to make it officially undulating, but if you're expecting a billiard table you'll be disappointed.
The one organisational problem is the bottle-neck at the start. There were apparently problems with the edge of the footpath not being trimmed, but really the path was just too narrow. The starters were arranged into time-bands, and some runners didn't help by being over-optimistic about their finishing time, but I suspect the only solution will be to redesign the course so that it's wide enough until the field spreads out. Date of review: July 4, 2005
In short: Very poor value, over crowded, no timing or positions. In full: I definately will not run this again unless big changes are made. 1. Too expensive 2. Poor oranisation in general 3. No properly defined finish line. 4. Poorly managed drink stations 5. No chip timing 6. No official postions 7. medals given to you at baggage collection 8. No goody bag 9. My race number didnt have a baggage bay? 10. Only good thing was the scenery, if your a tourist. Date of review: July 4, 2005
In short: Terrible organisation almost spoilt the wonderful route In full: The general lack of organisation made me wonder what had happened to the exhorbitant entry fees paid. Not only was the start a mess, but I missed four of the km markers and only just noticed the finished line from about ten metres away. The slow runners in the first 2k and the u-bends on the route definitely slowed the pace. Having experienced the amazing atmosphere and glorious scenery of this year's FLM, this race had a lot to live up to and, regrettably, it never really managed. Date of review: July 4, 2005
In short: I thought a good introduction to racing - but not great for the experienced runner In full: This was my first 10k, so i was on a high most of the way around, but i agree with most, the first 3km was crazy and I felt i was going in circles towards the end! Would do this next years if just purely for the atmosphere and scenery! Date of review: July 4, 2005
In short: Organisation, what organisation - I do hope the IOC don't read these reviews In full: The atmosphere and scenery didn't quite make up for the terrible organisation. The start was chaos with competitors and stewards ignoring the time markers and pushing everyone as far to the front as possible. The wait at the holding area with no toilet facilites was compounded by the lack of toilets at the start - a couple of cubicles in an underground station is not enough for 20k+ entrants! But even this incompetence was surpassed by the organisation at the finish. A walk of 10 minutes with no stewards or signs dodging through spectators to find a medal, no water (although plenty of passing spectatators seemed to be indulging) and no goodie bag. All this for a rather hefty entry fee - definitely an event NOT to come back to. Date of review: July 4, 2005
In short: Great location, poor Organisation. In full: Due to walkers/v slow runners starting right at the front you are dodging and weeving the first 1/2 km totally slowing you down. these people need to switch on and place themselves towards the back of the start queue. It was great atmosphere though. No toilets at start ahhhhhhhhh Date of review: July 4, 2005
In short: Great course, but race spoiled by poor organisation. In full: This race has potential to be one of the best, somethings they do brilliantly: the rousing music, the additional scenary (Spitfires), the banners. Other things are just dire: Baggage store, t-shirt quality, lack of starting pens. Date of review: July 4, 2005
In short: an unforgettable adventure! In full: Great race. Scenery was fantastic, great to explore new places I didn’t know existed. The route description was spot on (though there were a few missing styles which threw me), and the organisers fantastic, so much food! I left each manned check point feeling like I’d had a full meal, which gave me the energy I needed to get up those mountains. Very rough ground at times, legs are ripped to shreds from nettles and brambles, but that just made it all the more fun! My first ultra, but definitely not my last. Will be back next year! Date of review: July 4, 2005
In short: Let's hope the 2012 Bis is better organised In full: Far too many runnser for the start and parts of the course. Poorly organised start. Too many walkers strubng out across the course. Chaos at the finish. Date of review: July 4, 2005