In short: Too busy, poorly organised and v. expensive In full: Failure to order the right sized T-shirts was a disappointing start given how far in advance I booked onto this race. T-shirt was not great for £30 anyway (considering Nike 10k was a proper running top), but in a Large rather than the Small that I ordered, near useless. Course itself was very nice and had potential for PB were it not so packed. Lack of toilets together with distance between bag drop off and start line meant I didn't start the race until 10.00! Took ages to find any water afterwards. Overall, nice course, very poor organisation Date of review: July 4, 2005
In short: I hope the organisers take note of all this In full: My first 10k but have done FLM and Sleaford half before. Enjoyed the race and the atmosphere was good but very disappointed with the organisation. I must admit I thought it looked a bit amateurish when I got the brochure before, and this was confirmed on the day. The toilet queues were literally taking the p*ss - ended up sneaking into the little park to go behind a tree. As for the time pens at the start - there was one for 1hr-1.15 and the next one was 30-40mins i.e. nothing in between. Then the crowd moved forward, where the organisers seemed to have just given up on the projected times completely (the times were blanked off the signs). So the first few kms were spent dodging walkers. Then the end was just a freakin' joke - I was planning on (trying to) sprint the last 100m to the finish, but only saw it from 10m away, recognisable just by a thin white line painted on the road. So that was the finish then was it? Hardly photogenic. And then where was the goody bag? Date of review: July 4, 2005
In short: what a great shame, so much potential wasted In full: agree with all the above gripes so wont list them but as with all other runners queries I must ask...what did I recieve for the value of £30 ???? Date of review: July 4, 2005
In short: Good organisation, VERY friendly, Sufficient Water, Sponges and quality T-Shirt In full: On a hot day thanks to the pub (and the band) that laid on extra water. Thanks to the policeman giving encouragement there (you know who you are).. that was a first. Like the touch of giving people the time as they ran (or struggled) past. Have just experienced the Manchester 10K, the most important thing is that there is water, which they had in plenty and all marshalls should be thanked for their efforts. Date of review: July 4, 2005
In short: What rubbish. What a waste of money. What a dissapointment In full: With an expensive entrance fee I expected a lot more. The finish line was non-existant and I only knew I had finished because there was chaos and people were walking. The route had far too many U-turns and there were far too many people so PB's were not likely. The start was a mess and no information was being given out leading to me accidently being in the 1hr-1.15 grouping and unable to work my way forward. Of the people who were in front of me many people were walking right from the start, making it harder to run at my normal 10K pace. Not enough toilets at the start. I agree with other runners that this race MUST be sorted out for the 2006 race. I will NOT do this race again unless I am certain there is some kind of management in place. Nice weather though! Date of review: July 4, 2005
In short: This is my second review of the race to the one I posted earlier. Please see longer review In full: I have had time to reflect on this race and having experienced and read many of the competitors comments decided that something needs to be done to improve the 2006 version. I have e-mailed Ken Livingstone, Mayor for London with our concerns with a link to the comments page of Runners World and will contact the Charity Commision with our concerns regarding the entry fee. We all deserve to be treated like respectable human beings and lets hope something positive will come out of all this. Date of review: July 4, 2005
In short: Great race. Do it! In full: Lovely race with good scenery and variety. The sponge stations were great. Watch out for the hill at mile 11: it could turn your strong steady running into nothing more than a shuffle. Great support up to the finishing line, and delicious homemade cakes to refuel on afterwards. Date of review: July 4, 2005
In short: So much potential, so many things wrong In full: Having read the reviews of last year's race, I turned up prepared for the worst, and since it wasn't a complete disaster I concluded that the organisers had gone some way to meeting the concerns that had been voiced. In the end I came away having enjoyed my run, but felt that was despite the organisation rather than because of it.
The toilet provision was woefully inadequate. While I realise that portaloos don't come cheap, what struck me was that there were two other events in the immediate vicinity of the race, Live 8 in Hyde Park and the VE celebration setup in the Mall, which must have had toilets - surely it would have been possible to liaise with the organisers of these events to avoid the ridiculous queues that developed by the baggage area?
I could go on and on about other aspects of the day, suffice to say I also wholeheartedly agree with the general criticisms voiced elsewhere on route information, distance marking and value for money. On the last of these, perhaps the race starter should have his Trading Standards department look into what was promised against what was delivered.
In short: A mass jogathon In full: Only managed to settle into a consistent pace for about 1k. Rest was spent dodging walkers (first after 500m!)and dodging crowds at drink stations (first after 1k!). Too big, no organisation at start, too few toilets. Spend £30 and then have to collect race number from Hard rock Cafe is a total cheek. Date of review: July 4, 2005
In short: Good race spoiled by laissez-faire organisation In full: Baggage collection good. Org on way to start poor- How can a walker start at the front? Info for beginners(not me)very poor.Bands great. Route brilliant. Baggage collection atrocious(Make it one way next year). Medal tacky (2nd year running). Overall organisers a bit complacent. You have a great venue but it still needs effort to gee it up a bit. Date of review: July 4, 2005
In short: A most enjoyable race followed by most enjoyable cake In full: Enjoyed the run, the surroundings, the people, excellent day, although I reserve judgement on the hill that seemed to continue upwards from 10M -> 14M. Cake was excellent but was that tcp in the water at 7 mile mark? Well done Wadhurst Runners, I hope to be back next year. Date of review: July 4, 2005