In short: There aren't many other 20 milers so close to London In full: I am worried there will be an accident one year. Personally I ran on the pavement wherever I could and I think the organisers should consider encouraging this more. I like the 4 laps; better the devil you know. Cosy atmosphere at the running club beforehand and a Mars Bar has never tasted so good. Date of review: March 15, 2005
In short: I am not a whinger but........................... In full: I find it amazing that after running a race on the same course since the 1933 the organisers still cannot get the mile markers in the right place. As it a five mile loop then it is impossible to mess up on the start finish line, after that they've only got four more to get right, but still managed to cock up. As many use this as a benchmark for the FLM, it would be useful to reassess their positioning, as there is no way I am capable of doing sub 6 minute miles in the middle of a 20 mile race, and the statisical data I was hoping to gain from this run as prepararion is not what I was hoping for.
Also please get rid of the plastic cups. I and several others I have talked to are willing to pay the extra to get bottled water. I was well and truly dehydrated by the end, not helped by water stations handing out cups which were only about 1/4 full (I kid you not).
Apart from this I really enjoyed the race, and hope to be back next year to sort out the two Hillingdon runners who I overtook early on, and who breezed past me on lap four.
In short: Good way to do a pre-London 20m in company of others In full: Excellent marshalls and organisation. Course a bit dull and mile markers in first 2m a bit dubious. Good to do as a pre-London training run as you're in company of similar runners Date of review: March 15, 2005
In short: Hard and Hilly killer race for a beginner or first time marathon runner excellent for club runners In full: bombed out at 15 miles found it mentally and physically challenging 4 laps to many Disappointed when finished at 15 was told to leave the area not offered drink or mars bar will not run it again however a good race for marathon build up The marshalls on the route/course were excellent Date of review: March 14, 2005
In short: It was a lonely run. In full: Organisation was great, marshalls were very encouraging. I thought four laps was hard, it was very tempting to finish after three! Date of review: March 14, 2005
In short: a usefull pre-London event - not worth a long journey to In full: the 4 laps didn't bother me too much, in fact remembering where the downhills were kept me going through the last painful lap. Date of review: March 14, 2005
In short: Not the most enjoyable race In full: 4 x 5 miles laps got very dull and repetitive after the 2nd lap. The experience wasn't improved by lads chucking stuff at you from cars, drivers not making much effort to avoid you and kids shooting dried peas as you passed. All in all not pleasant.
Saying that I thought the on course marshalls were excellent and very supportive - so a big thnak you to them.
In short: More undulating than I'd expected, but I didn't really mind the 4 lap aspect too much. The marshalls were great - very encouraging, despite the fact that they were obviously much colder than us! Sadly I just couldn't face the Mars bar at the finish! Date of review: March 13, 2005