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
In short: 1st time running event In full: nice touch with transport to start may be a little early, may could have done with some more toilets but as usual every one left it late to go. the split start was a very good idea, i started in the 2nd wave watched the bottle neck from the 1st wave on the canal path at the start. the route was not surprisingly muddy due to the amount of rain but not a problem the marshals were excellent as usual, plenty of water stops and clear mile markers, may be the finish was a long way from the car park and had to walk a long way but it was free. will i do it again next year YES Date of review: November 12, 2012