In short: The best big half-marathon I've done In full: Good stuff: lots of friendly marshals giving lots of encouragement, an excellent course, a brilliant Mizuno shirt through the post with gorgeous graphics, very clear instructions and a nice wooden medal at the end. Oh, and lots of freebie food along the way and at the end.
A few suggestions: There were urinals for men but it wasn't obvious - can they be better sited and signed? Could the charities tent be a long, open-fronted one so that each charity gets to display its banners and can be seen from some distance away? And could the finish be reorganised so that runner goes through lane, receives medal, gives up chip, gets lots of lovely food? I heard stories of runners being able to leave the area but missing getting their medal.
But thanks for an excellent event and for the support of the marshals. Date of review: October 13, 2010
In short: Great all round half marathon In full: Would definately do it again! Very well organised, great route and crowds! Only slight downside is that there aren't enough loos! But its not enough to put you off!! Date of review: October 13, 2010
In short: A victim of its own success? In full: Like all the previous reviews the event is flawless. It’s an inherently scenic course that takes in all of the capital’s landmarks and parks. The organisation is perfect; the marshals are wonderful, the crowds enthusiastic and for those lucky enough to start near the front it’s flat, fast and a PB is guaranteed.
My main concern however is the cost and the entry system. No half marathon, not even one staged in central London can warrant such a high entry fee and trying to secure a place online is a joke. This shouldn't be a problem for the organisers because demand now is so high they could probably get away with charging even more next year.
What made 2008 such a wonderful experience for me was the route and the run. Two years on, the numbers have swelled and unless you are near the front you can forget any hope of a PB. It’s a real shame because what started two years ago as a promising half marathon for London is turning into another mass participation fun run. Date of review: October 13, 2010
In short: A very enjoyable event and well organised In full: From my point of view there were no hitches with the organisation of this race. I enjoyed the scenery and the course was pretty benign (which was helpful as I set off way too fast!). Support around the course was patchy at times, but where there were crowds of people they were great. The wooden medal was a nice touch. An expensive event but I'd recommend doing it at least once! Date of review: October 12, 2010