In short: Flat course so good for pb but woeful organisation and chip equipment did not work so no official time! In full: As a relatively new but reasonably fit runner, I wanted a flat course to introduce me to racing and give me an idea of my race time. It delivered but the terrible organisation, huge queues and chaotic start were unforgivable. I arrived in good time to pick up my chip and warm up but then spent the next half hour queuing for one of only 10 toilets. The start was delayed with no communication to runners. I started in the first tranche and found the course to be relatively enjoyable, although the traffic dodging was a problem in the first 3k, owing to a lack of marshalls. I did a decent time in spite of this but my next race will definitely be one organised through my running club. Apparently, the chip timing equipment malfunctioned so it's a good job I timed the race myself, although I would like to have an idea of my placing and the times of the winners. Date of review: November 10, 2009
In short: Very badly organised. Some real schoolboy errors, or maybe I'm being harsh as it was organised by school boys. Certainly the chap who turned away a friend who had been led to believe that she could enter on the day was vertically challenged!n In full: The course could be fast, I would only consider doing it again with assurances that it was organised properly. Date of review: November 9, 2009
In short: What exactly did the £15,000 get spent on??? In full: (1) was it the goodies? Tesco energy drink, banana if you were lucky, t-shirt & medal (2) was it the 8 portaloos? (3) was it the two gazebos? (4) or the timing system that didn't work? (IEK £1 per chip) (5) was it the 4 or 5 marshalls? (6) was it the signage? (7) was it the PA system? (what PA system?)
I wasn't too fussed about the cost until I received the organiser's 'apology' for the final nail in the coffin of this event - the lack of timing.
I'd like to suggest that the refund for the non-working timing system hire goes straight to Children In Need. Date of review: November 9, 2009
In short: Awful organization, but stupid people turned up too close to 9am which didn't help. In full: A lot of people have highlighted the bad points, so I won't go into that..
HOWEVER some people were STUPID enough to turn up with five minutes to go... seriously do you not read the emails? At 8.45 the queue was quite big but by ten to it was massive. WHY leave it till the last minute and then moan? Some of us were there at 8.15 because we CHECKED and REALIZED that it was gonna be tough getting there. I had to take 6 buses and 2 tubes in total but I made it in time. Because of you guys I was stood around waiting in the cold for more than 25 minutes.
The worse thing of all is that I've just got an email saying the chips didn't work. NO OFFICIAL TIMES!!!! Ludicrous, terrible, never EVER doing an ENERGIZED sports event again. Date of review: November 9, 2009
In short: Disorganised & lacking common sense In full: I hate to slate something where a number of volunteers no doubt put a lot of time and effort in but this was really hopeless:
* The 3 queues were massive * Timing chips (why were they not just sent out with running numbers?!) * Bags (again why not send a numbered tag out in the post so runners can just hand the bag in on arrival and why have a separate queue when you could just swap timing chip for bag and queue once?!) * Toilets - expensive as they are more portaloos were needed and having queued up there was no toilet paper...disgusting! Why not get a portaurinal too to massively reduce the queue? * Rumours were circulating that the start had been delayed by 30 mins but then the race began with no warning only 15 mins late (while I was still in the portaloo!). * By the time I'd handed my bag in 14:30 was on the clock!! * With so many runners starting very very late faster runners were stuck behind slower runners and on the narrow paths overtaking was very difficult. * The out & back section was a nightmare - too narrow at the best of times but with delayed faster runners still overtaking there was just no room to move. Entering the park straight away and making up the distance with a lap of the park for example would have been much better. * The finish - a shambles!! The bottleneck meant than instead of running through the line I could barely get to the line because of the huge crowd! Unable to start, unable to finish!! Why on earth did the marshals not use some common sense and quickly move people through the finish and collect timing chips/hand out medals in the vast open space beyond the finish?!
Thanks to the marshals that did give their time, effort and encouragement to runners out on the course but sadly I have to say this race was a shambles and even though the route was quite scenic I can't say that I'll be hurrying back next year if ever! Date of review: November 9, 2009
In full: This was my idea of hell. Firstly the lines were ridiculously long, Waiting in the cold for the registration tent, then the baggage drop then the loos....it was a joke! Then as i'm standing in the loo queue the race starts! Are you kidding? No warning- nothing. I was hoping to beat my PB and there was no way I could running the race on my own. By the time I got my bag dropped I was possibly the last to start the race! I had to navigate past lines of people the whole race which was tedious. I will never do another race by these organisers. I could have just had my own run in the local park for free- instead of catching three trains and waiting in line after line. waste of money and time. Yes I am rambling but it feels great to get it off my chest! ha ha Date of review: November 9, 2009