In short: Route not what I expected and longer than 13.1k In full: Didnt use buses or baggage facilities as husband drove to end so cant comment on the problems.I didnt see email re not parking there til after as it went in spam folder but he had no issues.I enjoyed race but did think it was going to be all in the park so surprised about beginning in industrial park. Liked medal and goody bag but no tshirt as advertised. Plenty of marshals but didnt find them overly supportive. Pre race info was good. Prob wont do again, bit of a trek and early start but at least I got to see white water rafting Date of review: October 31, 2012
In short: 6.55k race was OK, but organisation could be better In full: I opted for the 6.55k distance. Had considered the half kilomathon but, having read the comments, glad I didn't. The 6.55k started and finished where the main races ended - in a field by the White Water Centre - so at least I did not have the shuttle bus problem. The race pack had said there was no parking available, but we were able to park there, probably because there were only 20 runners, of a possible 2,500. Less than a Parkrun! There was a cafe in the White Water Centre for hot drinks and bacon or sausage baps but this wasn't advertised. Race started half an hour late, they said due to transport difficulties. As a result, I was running into the longer distance runners as I headed towards the finish line. The DJ at the start/finish was cheery. Most of the marshals were uncommunicative but they were probably bored with so few runners - I got a bit lonely running through woodland in my own company a lot of the time. There were a handfull of kids doing a shorter race and I felt sorry for them having so few people to cheer them on. A staggered start and finish for all the races at the same location would have created a better atmosphere and avoided the transport difficulties.
The distances are great for someone wanting an extra challenge but there are obvious organisational problems that need to be sorted before I'll commit to the 13.1k next year. Date of review: October 30, 2012
In short: Poor organisation spoiled what could have been a good race In full: There were some good points to this race: the marshals were very cheerful and helpful and the scenery was pleasant and interesting once we left the industrial estate behind. It was also good idea to start the race at Lee Valley Athletics Centre which had plenty of parking and good facilities. However, there were also some serious problems with the race and I for one will not be taking part in a Kilomathon again unless they are sorted out.
(i) The race ended in the middle of a field, miles from anywhere, and with nowhere to buy a hot drink or shelter from the cold - not a great idea at the end of October, particularly given the delays with the shuttle transport
(ii) The bus transport back to the start was totally inadequate for the number of runners/spectators. Bus transport had to be booked and paid for in advance, so the organisers knew how many people would want to use it. What went wrong?
(iii) The road closures did not appear to have been managed properly. There were few signs for drivers and at one point I saw a car driver try to make a right turn into a "closed" road we were running along.
Was there a race licence for this event? I've tried to upload my result to the Runbritain/Power of 10 websites and I get a message saying no record of a licence. Date of review: October 30, 2012
In short: Great Run, Terrible finish. In full: So much potential! a novel distance and something a bit different, all totally ruined by an appalling finish, in a muddy field miles from anywhere it seemed. Many thanks to the cheerful gut who, after we had stood freezing for half an hour got us together in the mc donalds over the road and ordered a taxi for 8 to share, a lifesaver!I had so looked foward to the day as a chance or something new and the stadium would have made a great finish, but i for one,will not be back. Date of review: October 29, 2012
In full: I eneded up running further than 13.1km as the distance between the 10km & 11km points was incorrect! Very disappointed at the end of the race as there was nowhere to rest/change into warmer clothes, my bag was lying in the mud for anyone to take and none of the organisers could point me in the direction of the closest train station. Very bad transport links- wish we has finished where we had started. Overall, I found it challenging and enjoyable (until the end). Date of review: October 29, 2012
In short: Poorly organised, no sense of pride, money grabbing In full: I find it ridiculous that an 'organised event' has so many issues, I genuinely don't know where to start. Firstly (although this didn't effect me) the baggage situation was a joke, bags were just dumped in the field for you to find yours. The funnel on the track circuit at the beginning was a laugh too. The fact that the gates were closed in the nature reserve probably showed that they hadn't even sought permission, the end was depressing and the bus situation a joke. I wont be doing this again, what a joke! Date of review: October 29, 2012
In short: Race let down by the organisation at the end. In full: Having completed the 26.2km found the end to be depressing. Cold field, no one handing out medals, you had to take them yourself, no congratulations. A warm cup of tea (or indeed any refreshment) would have been appreciated! Luckily my partner collected me from the white water centre next door, so I didn't have to go through the bus fiasco. Date of review: October 29, 2012
In short: great run ruined by non existent organisers In full: This race was a big deal for me as I have never run further than a half marathon before. The race itself was lovely, happy stewards cheering us on who gave me a boost when needed. However the end ruined it for me, a goody bag with 2 brazil nut cereal bars which could kill me and waiting in the cold for over an hour for the 'shuttle buses' until we admitted defeat and went to find a taxi. Poor for spectators too, my husband was shaking with cold when I finished as he had to stand around for 2 hours with nowhere warm to go. So chuffed with my achievement but am now waiting for a refund from the organisers for the shuttle bus tickets Date of review: October 29, 2012
In short: REAL POTENTIAL BUT LET DOWN BY ADMIN In full: I'll start with the positives, the start was well organised and proper toilets at the athletics track almost made the event! The stewards around the course were a chirpy bunch giving good support.
The negatives however, was a dull course on roads through an industrial area, which was ok, if a little boring, however the roads were not actually closed off, which meant you could overtake someone to find yourself head on with a car!!! Once you got off the roads you were in some pleasant countryside and all of it was really flat. There seemed to be something amiss with the km markers as the 11k marker was about 1.5km after the 10k marker, and my final distance covered reflected a longer range than the advertised 13.1km. The finish was shcoking, you come over a bridge and straight into the finish line, where you get your medal, goodie bag, and then you find your bag which is dumped where anyone could have taken it... I had pre-arranged to avoid the bus transfer as it sounded like a ridiculous idea, so didn't see the issues with the buses, but I am not surprised. Why they chose to start and finish in seperate locations is beyond me and definitely not runner or spectator friendly!!!
Like the idea of a step up from 10k and half marathon, so think they should continue the idea, however they really do need to resolve these points. Date of review: October 29, 2012