In short: Great atmosphere but not sure what they needed such a high entry fee for. In full: Lots of fun and great vibes from the crowd and runners. But why no goody bag? Date of review: March 22, 2010
In short: nice run, good mix of up, down and flat In full: I entered this race due to having read all the rave reviews. I would agree that the crowd were very supportive and the route was very good (if like me you like hill running)the park and ride facility was good. There are definately organisational changes that need happen. I could only find 2 toilets which was nowhere near enough for the amount of runners, I spent the race wondering if my bag would be safe due to no secure baggage storage, the finish area was cramped, I was lucky enough to get a goodie bag but the content was poor (a bottle of water and some tissues)I would suggest marking where the drinks stations were as hard to spot amoungst the crowds. To summarise please can there be more signs next year so that newcomers, like me, know where to find all the facilities mentioned above. Thank you to the marshalls and bus drivers. Date of review: March 22, 2010
In short: a great race for a negative split! In full: having all the hills in the first half looks tough on paper, but makes great running for a negative split! Great race, well organised and good support all round. One suggestion - signposting that the drinks stations are coming up? As they were surrounded by the crowds I wasn't expecting them - nearly missed two. Or maybe I should buy some glasses to run in? Date of review: March 22, 2010
In short: The knees ooooo the knees! In full: Second time of doing this race, 2 years apart, and beat my last by 5mins so am v chuffed. Found the hills positively offensive as only remembered the Queensway one so kept thinking I was in the clear when yet another hill loomed in front which did make me want to throw myself on the floor in a tantrum, however managed to stay vertical and then I threw myself along the final 5 miles to make up time and my knees are feeling v injured today as a result. That said, super race, a real sense of achievement, the best crowd support you can get and thank you for the orange slice and banana! Query - lack of loos at start/finish and didn't see any enroute unlike in 2008? And the post finish line was way too crowded - should be lengthened and only runners allowed in that area. Had to fight my way, gasping (post finish 400 yrd sprint) to find the water. Either move water closer and eliminate the non runners from the area or give me a goody bag with water?!!! Super day and PERFECT running conditions. Date of review: March 22, 2010
In short: Tough first half makes this an interesting race In full: Very well organised popular London preparation. Tough first half with long 2-3 mile incline in first 5 miles but then some lovely downhills in second half. Good support despite grey clouds and drizzle. Well organised drinks stations plus offerings from supporters of oranges, bananas and jelly babies. Pleased with my time as 4 mins quicker than Brighton a few weeks ago although no monsoon. Big heavy ledal, shame no ribbon on it though!