In short: Year after year this organiser runs a poor operation. Show us the accounts to justify the fee!! In full: Baggage arangements - good; Celebrity Runner - excellent; tee shirt - the worst quality ever(but good design); water stations not sign posted, and two people handing out bootles at 5k in the tunnel (again); seemed to be enough water this year (an improvement on previous); did not get what I paid for in terms of goodie bag etc. Fab location, great atmosphere. Date of review: July 3, 2005
In short: The chance to run around central London was great, but the organisation was terrible. In full: Arrived late which didn't help, but there were absolutely no signs to the start at the baggage area. The baggage people and some stewards didn't know anything about where the start was, and some didn't even speak English! The course itself was ok, although it was difficult when the water stations ran out of water. Date of review: July 3, 2005
In short: The start was chaos. In fact the first 2k was! In full: I would do this again for the chance to run around a wonderful city, traffic free, but the organisation was poor. The pens at the start were a waste of time, it was a free for all for 2k. The finish was unclear until it was on top of me, not helpful. If you are a serious and fast runner then this race is NOT for you. If you are a bit of a plodder who likes a jaunt in a wonderful city with a chance of a fast time, big race atmosphere then who cares about the t shirts etc, just enjoy the run. (Treat the first 2k as a sort of fartlek!) Date of review: July 3, 2005
In short: What a great race! Very challenging and yet enjoyable. In full: This is the first time I've done this one. What appeared to be a race put on by the occupants of Aston, turned out to be a very well organised race indeed. I'll be back! Date of review: July 3, 2005
In short: I'd never do this one again - as much fun to be had elsewhere for less money! In full: To be fair there was a great atmosphere today so long as you blanked out the cost, the awful t shirt, the lack of goodie bag and the sheer lack of organisation!! Date of review: July 3, 2005
In short: Very difficult to rate this one, The location is fantastic but it could be so much better. In full: This attracts a lot of 'non-runners' due to it's location and I overheard one man say 'It is much nicer to start near the front as although lots of people overtake you, you don't have to weave around people yourself' This rather misses the point that you are spoiling other peoples race by doing this. Given that people really don't understand this, the organisers need to do a lot more to arrange peoples start times by expected finish time.
The route itself has a couple of hairpin bends which given the volume of runners don't work.
There were no loos along the start by Green Park and as a result lot (and lots) of people were climbing over the fence (as it was locked presumably to prevent this) to pee 'behind a tree', Overlooking the obvious that this isn't very nice for other people using the park it's also surprizing no one got hurt. As there was a 30 to 40 minute wait in this area before the race some loos are needed. (Thoses in the underground station could not meet demand)
There is a long walk at the end to collect your medal. This took me about 10 minutes (each way) due to the number of other runners and spectators standing in the road preventing people walking. It seems a shame not to get your medal as (or soon after) you cross the finish. Overall the finish was very crowded and disorganised. Although I will give top marks to the guy who gave me my medal who was a good example of cheerfull efficiency. There was no goodie bag - although one was promised, but the medal is good.
I think I will always remember looking up and seeing a statue of queen victoria on top of a bridge we ran under, and running around some key sights in London with no traffic has to be good. However the fact that there were still places available 2 weeks before this race really says it all. It's good but it should be so much better.
I also ran the London Marathon this year which was fantastically organised so I know it can be done (for the same price as well) I doubt I'll do this race again next year, with the price of entry, plus rail fare (and time) to collect race number, plus rail fare again on the day of the race it is a costly affair for wich I expect a better organised event. Date of review: July 3, 2005
In short: Enjoyable race with good chance of PB. it was unreasonable to ask all inside M25 to collect their racepacks when the cost of race was already £27-this might put me off next year. otherwise good fun. Date of review: July 3, 2005
In short: Fabulous scenery, but organisation was a complete joke In full: I was tempted to give the scenery a lower score than 100% here just to get the average aggregate score down. Fabulous scenery - you really couldn't beat running around those traffic free London roads.
HOWEVER - the organisation has been terrible from start to finish:
1. T-shirt was worse quality than one I've seen on offer for three for £1 in Millets. 2. The race number was covered in cat hairs and looked second hand. 3. The start was a free for all, and I spent the first 2km trying to weave through slower runners who had started early. 4. Lack of toilets meant ridiculous queues - and meant that people had to resort to urinating in the street. 5. Goody bag - there wasn't one. Just the medal. And the promises of discounts on running gear did not materialise. Just a paultry 25p off Radian B muscle rub. 6. There should have been more water mid race and we should have been handed it - I didn't appreciate having to wrestle with a box of water myself to get a bottle out. 7. Lack of chip timing meant times couldn't be recorded accurately. 8. Hideously overpriced.
I would do this race again, but only because it's such a great opportunity to run around London. I just hope the organisers wake up to the fact that so many runners were sorely disappointed. Date of review: July 3, 2005