In short: Awful organisation, it'll be the same again next year In full: Not a lot the organisers could do about the problems on the Jubilee line, but they could have let the thousands of runners actually at the start, start! It was chip-timed after all. I guess they wanted packed roads for all the photos to market next year's race.
The only reason I'll be doing it next year is because I live so close.
Oh & thanks to the marshall who let me skip out of the runners enclosure to walk directly home & not force me to walk halfway round the O2. Date of review: September 27, 2010
In short: Transport chaos, inaccessible location In full: I was due to run but couldn't because of injury, but came along to support my fiancee, so my marks represent what I saw, and I've mid-scored anything I can't comment on. What I have to say is the troubles getting to the event were shameful by TFL (Jubilee Line), but getting back was simply disgusting, with closure of the station. Once the Jubilee line is down, you are stuck there, because queues to buses are impossible. In the end, we walked 2 miles to Greenwich just to get out of East London by other means. Ok, not the fault of the organisers, but then they need to address this and maybe look elsewhere for the future. I suggest everybody who was affected today complains to TFL on the below link. 2012 has no chance at this rate. https://custserv.tfl.gov.uk/icss_csip/ZCreateRequestChangeRelatesTo.do?newTab=CA_14003 Date of review: September 26, 2010
In short: Thought this was supposed to be a "Music Half Marathon"?? In full: Firstly there was the transport issues, waiting on the platform at Green Park for a Jubilee Line train for 30 minutes. Get there and had to ask where to go as signage not brilliant. Trying to leave again after the race, we gave up and went to get a coffee and a sandwich while waiting for the queue to go down. The route was pretty dull, some was the same as the London Marathon but backwards and without anyone cheering you on was just depressing. The marshalls just looked bored, took time hunting around to find where you were supposed to deposit your timing chip at the end, the "goodies" at the end in lieu of a bag were just a free for all, essentially their excuse of "environmentally friendly" really just meant they couldn't be bothered to sort them out. The music which was supposed to carry you around seemed very sparse and most of the race was run in eerie silence. For the price you pay I cannot see any reason why I would choose this over a well organised local race.
In summary. Don't bother. Date of review: September 26, 2010
In short: various different issues made it a poor race... In full: thankfully with a bunch of friends so that made the day....
organisation seamed very hap-hazzard and the helpers where very surly
Jubilee line created chaos and a 45 min delay which is fair in some respects but considering the weather and chip timing it should have just started, standing around all that time was painful
water in cups is a nightmare and the Gaterade was few and far between and warm.... course was average but a few shockers not highlighted considering it was called Run to the Beat the music was few and far between and fairly average The o2 was completed un-prepared for the volume and the cafe's where rammed ,it works better on bigger events changing facilities tiny and dirty
and no goodie bag...whats that about ...the entry fee is very steep ....to just get a medal....
would not do again and would not recommend ..... Date of review: September 26, 2010
In short: not the money worth In full: I was really disapointed with everything, def wont do it again. The trip to and specially back from the O2 was a nightmare and very expensive. Race started 45 min later because people couldnt actually get there on time. The course was not what I expected ....far too less life music for a run to the beat. Last runners didnt get drinks or bars at the finish area. Water in cups. The medal was just given to you from young annoyed girls. NO goody bag, just a cheap medal and this all for this money we had to pay??!! Date of review: September 26, 2010
In short: did it once thats enough In full: wouldnt go back to this, not enough drinks at the stations for the slower runners, im not that bad and they had run out by the time i got to some, and no goodie bags and baggage collection was a complete nightmare and changing facilites were tiny for a large race like this 1 small tent for all those woman was criminal ive seen better changing at alot smaller races Date of review: September 26, 2010