In short: A difficult, narrow route to arrange a mass run but to my surprise it worked extremely well, excellent organisation on all levels - communication, transportation, route preparation.. and stretching the praise for organisation, sunny weather as well Date of review: November 12, 2012
In short: I loved this event! In full: Fabulous event.
A couple of minor niggles to get out the way the gate just after the start and in a few places it is a bit narrow for overtaking (more the fault of people running down the middle or 2 abreast without thinking), but they are very minor. Support on the course at the water points and recommended viewing spots was enthusiastic, the band at one of them a lovely surprise and some support from walkers and people on narrow boats.
It's not really a course for PB chasing although I clocked one (albeit by just a handful of seconds), the course is predominantly flat and is certainly not slow. But I think most people don't enter for that reason, the course is lovely and makes for a thoroughly enjoyable run. Date of review: November 12, 2012
In short: Surprising in a pleasant way In full: The good - weather was fantastic: clear cool and autumnal. The scenery along the canal was great. Water points, mile markers and especially marshals were great. I managed to shave a couple of minutes off my PB without expecting too. The bad - narrow in places; slippery under foot. But that's no one's fault and is more than outweighed by the scenery. The ugly - a generic medal, a banana and a cup of water seem inadequate for what we've paid and done. Lack of loos - ain't it always so? Date of review: November 12, 2012
In short: Fun course over lovely, quiet route,although recent rain left it a bit muddy - you'd never guess there is countryside like this inside the M25. Nicely organised, although long loo queues at the start. Great atmosphere. Date of review: November 12, 2012
In short: Not a PB course but a fun route In full: First time doing this. On the whole it didnt offer quite what I expected - the canal was pretty boring and the path was in poorer condition than I expected. Thankfully the sun was shining!
Saying all that, the atmosphere at the start was great and I'm bloomin stiff this morning so must have been a test! I'm in 1.26 form and did 1.28.30 so gives an idea of pace.
Would hate to have been further back in the 'masses'...the pathway is thin in places! Date of review: November 12, 2012