In short: Good course and was very well marshalled. The only gripe would be the long distance from HQ to the start line but overall a very good event and would recommend to others. A credit to the organisers. Date of review: December 5, 2004
In short: Spectators handing out jelly babies cant be bad! In full: Journey there was a 'mare. On arrival it was pretty clear where to go, but their was a long walk from the warm up to the start. Although the route was very busy throughout it was cool to see all those yellow tops bobbing up and down. The section of the race around Tower Bridge was excellent and still brings a smile to my face. The bridge just before the finish put me off a bit, but when I got there I got my medal, foil and water quickly. Didn't like the mud though!! Date of review: December 4, 2004
In short: Had to take a day off and travel to London shop to pick up an 'essential for race entry' shirt!!! In full: A steady run, very busy and no racing as no where to pass. Lots of good facilities (changing, toilets etc) at the baggage drop area. Poor start area and began well after the scheduled start time, consequently lots of hanging around in the cold. Nice medal which we had to find ourselves. Not worth entering if you live outside the London area. Very dissapointed. Date of review: December 4, 2004
In short: Great race, great course, but £2 for results ??? In full: this is a brilliant race,ideal for first timers or those after a pb, but Help the Aged have turned it into a money making scheme - £10 entry, £1.42 booking, and if you want to know how you got on then its another £2 - disgraceful.
In short: Great race and fun concept... on-the-ground organisation not up to scratch In full: I have raced many 10Ks and this was a real mixed success.
Firstly, the good stuff...great shirt, medal, atmosphere, pre-race organisation, website and the whole 30K people running at night concept (OK it's a marketing gimmick but it was fun). I was lucky enough to be in Wave 1 and got a nice clear run.
BUT..it was one of the most shambolic start locations that I have ever seen (and I am not that fussy!). Poorly lit, bad logistics, (my personal moan..no hot drinks) and a general sense of confusion left you thinking Nike may not really understand what it takes to organize a great race. They should talk to some of the great marathon race directors out there and get it sorted next year.
But overall, it's a race worth running because it is unique.
In short: I was left on a high after this race for a week. In full: I ran London. It's cool just saying it. The tube journey was crammed there and back, but this is not Nike's fault, TFL could have alleviated this problem with more tubes albeit a Sunday evening. My family who came to watch me had a marvellous occasion watching at the finish line and shouted themselves hoarse with excitement. I was slightly peeved at the crowded streets which prevented any PB from being possible, but I think this is due to people being in waves they shouldn't have been in and not as fast or fit as they thought. I adore the medal, and have the foil wrap on my work and bedroom wall. The mud became a pain in hindsight (cleaning my trainers!!), but not much we can do about the rain really is there? I cannot wait to do next years and am actively searching for my next race. It's definitely converted me into a runner! Date of review: December 3, 2004
In short: well worth returning to run again next year. In full: riverside Runners have done a great job it was spot on. The course could be a little exposed on a windy day, but if the day is right this is a good course for chasing your PB. Date of review: December 3, 2004
In short: My first race at 1/2 Marathon, loved the views, friendly marshalls, bit cramped at the start. In full: The views from the North Downs are some of the best in the country and if this race was held in the late Spring would encourage more runners to check out the beauty of Kent (I am very local to the race and love the place) The start was cramped but made me run at a good pace and stopped me dashing out of the blocks and burning out too early. If you can, check out the route by car so that you appreciate the lumps and bumps and learn where to push hard and when to relax. I don't quite understand the comments about crappy mug but each to their own.I was there to run and enjoy myself, which I did, If only we could have added the entirety of Hollingbourne Hill to the race, that would have made it challenging!! Date of review: December 3, 2004