In short: Good race let down by the late start In full: The only thing that lets the race down is the late start. There's a very good atmosphere, the finish is well organised and the goody bag has all the right stuff, but why can't we let late comers start late? They have a chip after all. Date of review: April 4, 2005
In short: First Half marathon In full: Training for the London marathon - great to experience the start, finish and running with a crowd. Massive queues to get on the allocated buses so I was pleased I left enough time prior to the start. However we started slightly later to allow for those probably still stuck in the bus queue. Enjoyed my first half marathon though. Date of review: April 4, 2005
In short: Nice easy running course. In full: Good for marathon preparation too. I like the most part of the course apart from the part with uneven gravel after the Kew bridge. Date of review: April 4, 2005
In short: Love the route - sort the toilets! In full: Not my first Towpath and despite the grumbles about the uneven surface (which did result in a casualty from my club) I do like the course. generally organsiation is good, parking in a residential setting is well handled and things are easily located. However year on year the ladies loo situation gets worse. With no tree areas near the start there is little opportunity to go alfresco for the desperate and loads of us were getting that way as the clock ticked by and we were still in the queue.
Thanks to Fullers for their sponsorship but can you go back to the classy tumblers rather than the butch beer glasses. Date of review: April 4, 2005
In short: After my 5K.Watched as 10Kracers turn to finish line in avenue.Time and again saw cars take same turning. Dangerous. Gasps from onlookers as one lady driver bad temperedly reversed against the flow of finishers.Marshals took no action In full: Along the course most of the marshalling was good. However, at the turning to the finishing line the marshalling was poor.At this point there was not sufficient differentiation that the arrow indicating a turn for the runners was not meant for cars. Consequently supporters and observers who were there could see driver after driver following what they thought was THEIR instruction to turn. One of the cars taking the turning to the finish line was a St John's ambulance. This driver, on realising he was in the wrong place, slowly veered right of the finish to get out of the way and into the path of runners. Several bystanders shouted warnings to him. Our club runners did not see these events as they happened to finish in a clear period and did not hang around . I can only assume that that is what happened to other reviewers.At no time did either of the marshals on duty at this turning point take corrective action to divert the cars. Also this is the only event I have taken part in where there has been no finishing time clock on show. Date of review: April 4, 2005
In short: Bottle tops, Hard to get off when your running, murder when you step on one!!! Please remove before handing out!!! In full: I'd do the race again because I like Lincoln but the organisers really need to sort out the following little gripes: 1. Toilets, ones that flush would be nice. 2. Bottle tops, more dangerous than 'road furniture'. 3. KM Markers, somewhere near to where they should be. 4. Parking, it's a long walk once you've done 10Km 5. A T-Shirt would be nice and not one with a picture on the front of someone else running! Date of review: April 4, 2005