In short: Lovely race ruined by shoddy transport arrangements. In full: Lovely race but ruined by utter shambles with the alleged shuttle bus service. Having run 26.2 km, it was criminal that people were made to wait in the cold for 2 shuttle buses that were far too small (29 or so capacity) and the bus drivers seemed to be on a perpetual tea break. Absolutely ridiculous. We paid £6 for two bus tickets that we didn't use - having waited 40 minutes with no likelihood of us getting on a bus any time soon, we decided to give up and walk 5 minutes to McDonalds where we rang for a cab. Although we had to wait, at least we could have a warm drink and be out of the cold. McDonald's were so overwhelmed by runners asking for cab numbers that staff were giving out slips of paper with cab firm number already written on it. Oh the irony of seeing loads or healthy runners wrapped in foil blankets sitting in a fast food joint. The cab cost us £17. The least you could do is refund people's bus fares. I doubt I will ever do this race again, certainly my negative feelings outweigh the positive of running through beautiful scenery. Sort it out. Date of review: October 29, 2012
In short: Poor organisation spoilt what could be a unique event In full: Many comments already made about the transport issues. I still don't get why they couldn't design the route to finish back at the start point where there were pleanty of facilities, and our cars! No clear direction for where the buses were. At the finish you were handed your bag and medal and left to wander aimlessly. Date of review: October 29, 2012
In short: Nice race - appalling transport plus information for spectators In full: Enjoyed the race however I did not enjoy the 2 hour wait for a bus most if it in the cold. As we were in London for the weekend I persuaded my sons to come and support me. They wished I hadn't. It took over an hour to get to the finish due to the driver not knowing where to go. This meant some of the people who were also on the bus missed the finish of the half which was the reason they were there. Then they where they were left in a field with nothing to do but get cold - when they could have been told there was a leisure centre just over the bridge as well as somewhere they could watch the race before the finish. This also spoilt the rest of the day as we were really rushed to get to wembley for the NFL game which was part of my eldest sons birthday present. Date of review: October 28, 2012
In short: Race good. Post race organisation appalling In full: Race and pre race acceptable. 2 x 29 seater buses to take hundreds back to start just not acceptable. Some left stranded in near freezing conditions with all local taxis booked. Anyone with hypothermia? Where were the organisers to explain what went wrong. Supposedly all seats on buses pre booked. No one asked for tickets so why bother buying them. Some recompense is required by all those who pre booked. Date of review: October 28, 2012
In short: race was ok but post race organus=isation was a disaster. In full: Same comments as others regarding the shambolic bus situation. The Marshalls said they had been let down by the bus company but didnt seem to be bothered by this or making any alternative arangements. Would also have liked the medals/ribbons date marked. Date of review: October 28, 2012
In short: Need to change a lot to make me sign up again In full: The idea, the name, the distance - all great, I've spent a year waiting for this race since I paid my entry fee.... what a let down.
Wish the clocks went fwd and I missed this run - shoddy from start to finish which spoilt what could have been an amazing event.
Good points - the young marshals were full of encouragement and support throughout... Hard pushed to find a second positive so will have to say the scenery from 8k onwards....
Bad points - unclear indication regarding the travel from finish to start, cost of 'bus service' for runners and spectators (with no checks made for tickets), organisation at the start, incorrect information regarding water stops, no halfway indicator for the 26.2 run, finish was an anti-climax, bags left unsecure for running and spectators to walk around and take whatever they want.... buses - well, the comments from everyone else says all about that, text about time was incorrect and I'm sure that they'll increase the fees for next year - so hopefully they take note of comments and make it a worthwhile run!
In short: Great marshals - thank you. But I'm still cold after waiting 1.5 hours for the bus back! Shambollic! In full: I actually quite enjoyed the race through scenic surroundings, and with friendly marshals. But the wait at the end was horrendous. I was really really cold, stiff, tired and hungry, and left to stand around in mud for an hour before being walked to a cafe for tea/coffee - when my money was in the car, so even that was not forthcoming! Had it been raining I think you would have had serious problems. That's no way to recover from a hard race. I too enjoyed the Nottingham-Derby race in 2010 where things worked smoothly. and - I don't need another T shirt but you did advertise one in the blurb . . . Get a grip! Date of review: October 28, 2012
In full: Shocking mis management of transport back from the finish line. I ended up getting a cab back! Everyone was left to freeze after the run no space blankets available or even given to runners that were hanging around for transport to pick them up. Nobody had any answers! UNACCEPTABLE! Date of review: October 28, 2012