In short: Not bad considering... In full: Hopes initially weren't high.
Course was changed at the last minute (still don't understand fully why - start is nowhere near the boat race??). This meant the scenic riverside route was replaced in large part with nondescript residential roads.
My 3 mile warm up jog to the start then became a bit of an ordeal as the heavens opened meaning I was well and truly soaked when I arrived.
Use of a local youth hostel was handy, however as the previous reviewer has mentioned there was a lack of toilets meaning I made the start with about 30 seconds to spare!
The race itself though was a big improvement. Yes, the course was less scenic but as the organisers promised it was fast and flat. Kingston at 9am is not a busy place and despite the race not being on closed roads most of them could be run along without worry. There was one moderately busy road that needed traversing but the marshals did a good job of managing the crossing points. The marshals in general were very keen and enthusiastic which was a nice plus considering the weather. Plenty of snacks and drinks at the end too! Date of review: April 7, 2014
In short: Very pleasant course, but more loos please! In full: As others have noted, a very pleasant course, although the majority of it round the streets of Kingston, with only a short section along the towpath. Lovely marshals who encouraged us all the way round, plus some friendly and supportive locals. As is depressingly common at races there were not enough loos. We weren't encouraged to enter the YMCA except to use the loos, which were inadequate even for the relatively small number of runners. It was helpful of the marshals to tell us that the race was about to start, but not much we could do about it when stuck in a queue for the women's loos. I would have liked another water station too - one at mile 5 (I think) which was also mile 9, not enough for me on a warm day. And that was with my own water bottle. Medal and goodies perfectly fine. The results took a while to appear on the website (not until the next day) which seems slow given there were only 378 finishers. At St Neots, for example they post the results up in the hall straight after the race. Overall, a nice flat half with great marshals. Date of review: April 7, 2014
In short: Great flat race. Fantastic marshals. In full: Overall, a great PB race- and I smashed my PB :-) . Very flat and with some quite pretty bits by the river, and a fair amount of running on rather dull roads.. however the great, friendly marshals compensated for this. Nice goodies too- a Penguin bar is far superior to the usual cereal bar :-) Date of review: April 6, 2014
In short: Excellent all round helped for the miserable weather In full: What made the race for me was the amazing enthusiasm from all the marshals who stood in rain all day long. I didn't stop anytime as well! Course was re-routed but spot on in measurement and nice and flat... Very generous goodies at the end. Infact, the most I've ever seen in an event like this. Very welcoming all round - local to me so yes see you next time.. Date of review: April 6, 2014
In short: Fantastic race - brilliantly organised and extremely welcoming! In full: I ran in this today and thought it was a fantastic event. The organisation from signing up to after the event was fantastic and I couldn't have asked for more. The marshalls really made the event special - their encouragement and enthusiasm was great and really helped me along. Thanks guys! Date of review: April 6, 2014