In short: Could have been so much better ... In full: Thirty quid entry fee and we didn't even get a ChampionChip! And the most awful thing was that there was no banner indicating the Finish line. Badly organised. The views were nice, the crowd excellent, and the weather very fresh. With good organisation this could be a great 10k. I don't understand why is supposed to be the most popular one! Date of review: July 5, 2005
In short: Good atmosphere but amateurish organisation ruined what should have been a top race. In full: Have to agree with much of what has already been said about organisation. This is not a case of a club runner poo-pooing a big city race. With the huge numbers taking part, of course you've got to expect some delays and congestion. But the start was a shambles. I managed to get quite near the front (only 40 secs to cross line) but still had to dodge at least 5 people walking in the first 1km! A proper staggered start, with people lining up to their expected finishing times surely isn't too much to ask for a race of this nature - particularly on a course which was quite narrow considering the volume of runners? It would ensure a clearer run for all and wouldn't detract anything from the fun-run element. Also the finishing line did feel like an anti-climax and hardly filled you with a sense of achievement. I promise you I'm not normally a moaner, but it did cost £30 after all. Not really bothered about the T-shirt/medals, but surely for that price you should be able to get a well-organised race, complete with staggered start and chip times. PS: I know it's corny, but the Chariots of Fire music was one thing they did get right! Date of review: July 5, 2005
In short: The first race I've ever run - hope the rest are better organised that this! In full: Had I been on my own I would have had no idea what to do, but fortunately I was with my brother who knows what to do, not that it was in any way obvious how the start was going to be conducted. I spent 2km's tripping over people before I found some space. Still, did it in 44 mins so I have to be happy with that. Date of review: July 5, 2005
In short: Start was a shambles . . . . In full: Need a staggered start in a race this size or at least participants with common sense. Understand it was for charity but most people have a rough idea of their ability. Don't stand on the start line when you're planning to walk! I did it in 49 mins and probably could have done it in 46 mins but ran approx an extra 1km running round people blocking the route by walking. Also - why no toilets near the start when it took me 25 mins to get through the start line?! Such a shame as the route and music along the way was fantastic - the best! Date of review: July 5, 2005
In short: Great race, but more due to the people, location and music along the way. Shambolic organisation, hardly any porter loos, dodgy tee shirts and expensive. I've been to much better organised runs that only cost a fiver. Date of review: July 5, 2005
In short: Great race, lovely scenery and nice and flat! In full: Really good day out - my only moan would be the lack of any water station, as the route came back past the start at 5km it wouldn't have been hard to organise this. A really nice, genuinely flat course, mostly along cycle paths. This is the best race I have done so far this year (a PB helped!) Date of review: July 5, 2005
In short: Very slow race for me! In full: Ended up dodging people from the start (why do people who are going to walk within the 1st K start at the front. Was also very humid. Nice atmosphere though and good crowds towards the end. Date of review: July 5, 2005
In short: Great route and atmosphere, spoilt by totally shambolic organisation In full: Entry confusing as money taken twice, very poor quality tee shirt,no loos at start, poor siting and signage of water stations, chaotic start, ran into someone at finish (couldn't see it), long walk to get medal, no water at finish and none left at bag drop. Date of review: July 5, 2005
In short: Great location spoilt by poor organisation In full: This should be the top 10k in the country bearing in mind location.
I know that many people are "running" to raise money for charity but why not have a process that lets the quicker runner start nearest the front. I spent the whole 10k overtaking and dodging people and never once ran freely.
I know that it is difficult but with a little bit more thought it could be fantastic for all ability of runners. Date of review: July 5, 2005
In short: more loo's at the start and finish, and better water stations. leaving bottles at the side of the rd is not good enough In full: where were the toilets at the beginning of the race. 1000's runners with no loo's. really poor organisation. didnt know where the start was and the pen markers did not work. no visible finish marker at the end and no goody bag. Had to walk quite distance to get our medals. pretty poor really, but had a good day anyway. really good atmosphere though Date of review: July 5, 2005
In short: It was very very hot!!!!!!! In full: This race is ran at 1pm, so you are running at one of the hottest parts of the day, and in late September it can still very hot. This was my first ever race and I got caught up in the occasion rather than running my own race and as a result I found it exceptionally tough! Date of review: July 5, 2005
In short: Would do this again but make sure I practised running up a hill for two miles with a lead wieght on my thighs first. Would give it a higher rating for organisation except it was difficult to find registration.PB potential if you are a fell runner! Date of review: July 5, 2005
In short: Great race - very badly organised In full: Paying nearly £30 entry fee, you would expect a bit better from this race. The only race I've ever done with no goody bag, no recorded race times etc. For £30 you expect more than standard, not less. I can't believe we had to tramp all the way to the Hard Rock Cafe to pick up our race packs & then wait 20 minutes for them. The t shirts were awful - cheap looking, badly designed and you would have no trouble fitting 2 people into it (I asked for a small size one - I dread to think how big the large ones are! It went straight in the bin when I got it home. I also object to all the military trimmings to the race. Most people were running for charities that help people & save lives and I feel it was inappropriate to be greeted by a massive killing machine at the end of Westminster Bridge.
However, the atmosphere of the actual run was amazing - there seemed to be more crowds this year and the views are brilliant. The people manning the water stations were very friendly and helpful which made the run more enjoyable. With better organisation, this could be a truly amazing race. Date of review: July 5, 2005
In short: the best and the hardest half i've done In full: you can't beat it. but it can beat you. hill after hill, beautiful views after beautiful views. what more can you ask. Date of review: July 5, 2005