In short: Not enough water, good atmosphere but not enough water! In full: Very hot day so looking forward to the water station at 5km - except that when we got there, there wasn't any left. Ran about 6k before water and got a lovely medal at the end, which didn't really help hydrate me. Couldn't find water at the end and there weren't any marshalls to ask. Also, considering it was so hot, there should have been more first aid provision. Date of review: June 12, 2006
In short: Very very hot - needed at least one more water station, as people were suffering quite badly. Should have added additional water stations when they saw the weather forecast. In full: Many many people - could have done with some kind of organisation at the start to put people into vague target times, such as the JPMCC in Battersea Park manages to do for a similar number of people. Why, oh why, do they issue you with a heavy cotton t-shirt to run in??? In 30C??? Date of review: June 12, 2006
In short: Fast, Flat course apart for last 1 KM which is all uphill to the finish. PB potential = Yes In full: Very hot day, however very enjoyable. Running round the beautiful scenery in Hyde park. Although I have to say that one drink station after 5KM was not really enough for such a hot day and also where the drink station was located, with no shelter from the sun meant that the drink I did pick up was very warm and not very refreshing.
The organization was very friendly and enthusiastic and the medal at the finish was very nicely made as well.
Recommend taking a picnic for after the race, Hyde park is so lovely shame to not make the most of it. Date of review: June 12, 2006
In short: Lack of water when it was so hot was ridiculous - especially at the end of the race - desperately wanted a bottle of water and all they had left were medals! It was far too crowded to be able to get a decent pace going. Hated it! Date of review: June 12, 2006
In short: Good race, well organised! In full: Being in Hyde Park this was a lovely race on the eye and there was more than enough space to accomodate the amount of runners. The only down side is it starts at 10:30am and is in June, so this year the temperature was knocking on 30 degrees which really wasn't very comfortable. Also not liking the turn at 1k to go and it's a long hill to the finish line, sure the organisers were having a little smile when then planned that one! Date of review: June 11, 2006