In short: Good Race despite the cold and wet wintery weather In full: Unfortunately the weather was cold (2c when I arrived) wet and windy. This led to people waiting until the last minute to change and hand in their bags. This caused a long queue at the baggage tent to the extent that people were still handing in bags when the race started. This was very unfortunate because this race is normally very well organised. Anyway the weather cleared the sun came out and my run time was better then expected (returning after 2 month lay off with ankle injury). Therefore it turned out to be a good day. Will be back next year. Date of review: February 22, 2010
In short: Nice course, great marshalling, shame abouit the start and finish In full: Queue for baggage and toilets was horrendous which left no time to warm up. Start was congested with many slow runners congregating near the front which made the first mile or so cramped.
Once I got going the course was great and really enjoyed the empty rural roads. Although not pancake flat it was still fast and enjoyable.
Plenty of drink stations and the marshalling was friendly and supportive, particularly given the conditions.
Not sure whether chip timing was triggered by crossing the finishing line or having race number scanned by the marshall stood 5 metres behind the finishing line; I suspect it was the latter as my chip time was 20 seconds slower than my watch although the distance on my garmin was spot on. This cost me a pb which I'm not too chuffed about but it won't stop me coming back for another pre London warm up again next year Date of review: February 22, 2010
In short: Flat HM route on closed roads, well organised In full: baggage area at start is the only problem, I think loads of people started late, everything was well organised apart from baggage. Baggage was manned this year so that was good. Date of review: February 22, 2010
In short: 25th Anniversary and they couldn't organise the start? In full: Race itself was nice enough: flat, through closed country roads. The weather was awful at the start, but brightened up for the first hour or so. The hike from the recommended parking places to the start was pretty unwelcome in the conditions.
The start, however, was appalling: few audible announcements of the impending start; a queue 100m long for the baggage tent with 2 mins to go; NO announcements of the graded start positions, so the first mile was a mess of slower runners in amongst faster; runners moving against the flow to get TO the start, after the gun went off. Absolute shambles.
At the finish: was there a water station? Not that I saw.
For a 25th Anniversary, I'd have hoped for something a bit better organised. Date of review: February 22, 2010
In full: The baggage area could be improved if everyone labelled their bags before hand.the whole bench was occupied with people writing.It was chaos. I was left queing up after the buzzer went as were many others.I have taken part in many races but have never seen such a shambolic start.Ruined it for me. Date of review: February 22, 2010
In short: Good training run for a spring marathon. In full: Now run this event several years. Always popular and always has critics for the start. Yes it's narrow - but after a few hundred yards it's fine. Pre start cold and rain didn't help matters re baggage tent delays. Overall a well managed and marshalled race at a time of year when weather is usually awful. The inclines over the motorways in the first 3 miles and last three miles always seem harder than they are - but I'll be back!! Date of review: February 22, 2010