In short: My 1st race so exciting and a little intimidating, but a good time! In full: To be fair- it's my first proper race so I may come across as a novice and particularly rosey-glassed about the whole thing...
Negatives- which you could cope with really... - Does go along the road, more for the fact that you have be alert for cars coming in and out in front of you than the actual road noise, really. - Not heaps of clear directions on where toilets could be found, if I didn't ask to hang out with two more experienced runners I'd not have found them - Maybe an extra water station or two but adequate if you don't drink heaps of water during run (personally I'm a sipper throughout) - Little mug didn't specify 8 mile or 16 mile
Positives- - Good pre-race info, I felt well informed about parking, start times, number, end of race, etc. - Nice route 1/2 along water and 1/2 along road- flat and well marshalled, I never felt lost about where to go next - Friendly marshalls who were encouraging :)
*As a beginner to races in general I was very nervous and ended up asking two more experienced runners near me who would be running my race (based on their orange numbers) if I could hang with them til the start so I didn't miss anything crucial- maybe offer some sort of beginner/new to race info station? - Ending the race times at 1145- I understand if the race needs clearing but it was demoralising, since I wasn't terribly slow at 3 hours 14, to get there and only get a little mug and very little 'fan fare' by getting my time registered etc. Any way to leave it til noon?
Overall, I had a great 1st race and would recommend this to anyone- maybe not to the more pro-runners since they have to run in the street to get around plodders like me and they seem upset by no metals, unusual start times, etc. I got lots of encouragement from better runners, marshalls and strangers. Cost was ok- not great not terrible, I'd still run it. I really enjoyed it and am looking forward to scaling back to the 8 mile race in October.
In short: Good warm-up to the Marathon In full: More good than bad, and I'll be back. Coffee mug was nice but a medal (no matter how cheap and tacky!) would have been better.
Marshalls on the track were excellent and the army cadets need a big vote of thanks for clearing up all the bottles and handing out the water to everyone. (Organisation of the bag storage and toilets were pretty rubbish, but then no worse than most other runs). Date of review: April 1, 2007
In short: Not the best race in the world but still run In full: Bit dissapointed with the lack of goody bag it did say on runners world it would be T-Shirt and mug. I feel after 16 miles a T-shirt or a medal would have been nice. I agree with the other reviews the track was a bit tight. But at the end of the day it was only £10, will be back next year for another go. Date of review: April 1, 2007
In short: too many people trying to cram into a short space, when we crossed the bridge. it was like a funnel with people being poored in at the top and making it hard to pass people on the Hampton Court side, especially on the first lap. Other wise good. Date of review: April 1, 2007
In short: Excellent running weather, flat fast course good for a 16 mile PB In full: The weather was just about perfect for running today. This is the second time I have done this race and everything just clicked for me today, enough to beat last years time by 15 minutes although just missed the magical under 2 hour mark. Marshalling was excellent and the lucozade sport drinks are very welcomed, the water stations are also just at the right places on the course. Agree with some of the comments, the slower runners doing the 8 mile race perhaps could start earlier? Also enough of the mugs a medal would be a nicer token for the efforts, but other than that a great race and warm up for FLM.