In short: Nice run around the woods of Essex In full: Have run for the last four years...always a nice race. Only real problem is for spectators getting to the start, as the carpark is a walk from the start line. Once there though it is great for runners/spectators. Oh, and a lovely pen as ever as a reward. Date of review: May 9, 2005
In short: enjoyable first marathon but disappointingly organised In full: This was my first marathon. I followed their instructions about wearing the chip and number, crossing the mats at the end and returning the chip to the letter, but was very disappointed that my result was not registered. I e-mailed the organisers but they have still not got back to me. However, I was impressed that the race wasn't cancelled when the bomb was reported. Perhaps this was why there were so few mile markers? The relay runners did get in the way by pushing in front at the start and then walking. I also couldn't see any toilets on the route and had to dash into undergrowth! However, on the stretches in the town there was plenty of great support from spectators. Date of review: May 9, 2005
In short: What an absolute joke....this has to be one of the worst organised marathons! In full: Without repeating all the other comments that have been posted - the marathon organisation was an absolute joke. The organisers should make a decision on whether they are going to continue to offer a marathon or relay, they cannot offer both!
What was the point of wearing a championchip if it isn't going to register your time as you cross the start line?
The course route and map provided was a joke as were the details for the start etc.
It was ridiculous that you had to pour your own drink at most water stations after 15miles --- when the organisers have 6 / 7 staff to punch the walkers cards but only one volunteer on some of the water stations!
Why couldn't the oddessy arena be used for baggage at the end of the race?
What about starting the relay / walkers race after the marathon?
What about segregating the relay stations with barriers - providing a channel for marathon runners to bypass the free-for-all?
The route should be changed the last 8 miles were soul destroying....
The organisers should be commended for thier quick thinking and actions regarding the bomb alert --- but that apart, they need a serious think about making changes for next year. Date of review: May 9, 2005
In short: My first 10K for a long time. Very enjoyable and good route. In full: The start was my only concern where we were all squeezed into a quite a narrow part. But apart from this the route was excellent. Some good hills too with the wind against us! Date of review: May 9, 2005
In short: Great race as ever In full: My comments on this year's race are almost identical to last year's. It's a good flat course through some of the less attractive parts of the town. It's a twisty course, but I like twisty as each turn gives you something to aim for. The goody bag was probably the best ever. Date of review: May 9, 2005
In short: Excellent organisation, 5 friendly water stations for which I was greatful on a warm day.l In full: My local half marathon which I felt I had to run despite being only three weeks after what was for me a gruelling London Marathon. On another day the course could have provided me with the opportunity for a PB but I promised higher authority that i would use it as a recovery run and not attempt under 2 hours so finished in 2hrs 1min. Date of review: May 9, 2005