In short: Excellent first time race! In full: This was my 1st ever run i have entered and thoroughly enjoyed it. Everyone was friendly along the way including the spectators! Delayed start unavoidable - but if you were one of the one's stuck on the tube (or station unable to get on the tube) you would have gone mad if they started the race on time! Support staff very friendly and encouraging. I agree with the gatorade comments - bottles too big and what a waste of money - hope the bottles were recycled! Would definitely run this again. Date of review: September 29, 2010
In short: It was cold and the start had to be delayed because of TfL and no food at the end ~ the rest was fine. In full: Happy to recommend it, just take your after race food with you and hope the weather holds when you retrieve your bag from the bag drop (15 minute queue). I will come back next year. Date of review: September 29, 2010
In short: Great first time race re:route and scenery but the organisation of the event as a whole was a shambles. TFL were their usual no-show so can't blame RTTB however, lack of drinks and food for runners was low/non-existent! Date of review: September 29, 2010
In short: Run to what beat exactly??? In full: Boring excuse of a race. Avoid like the plague. There was more music playing out of people's living room windows than on the course. The delayed start may not have been the organisers fault - but we could have all benefitted from the silver blankets. Please stop running this event - it's just not worth it. Date of review: September 29, 2010
In short: I don't think it had enough beats to warrant the name. In full: My best bit was running past the band at the mile 10 hairpin turn by the Royal Observatory. However, it was chaos at the end and I was disappointed in not getting a goodybag and the location made it difficult to escape from. We felt virtually trapped at the O2 in a food queue all afternoon whilst the tube crowds cleared. However, the medal looks brilliant and ran by a lady outside her front door with a stereo playing SKA, awesome. Could be convinced to run it again next year but doubtful. Date of review: September 29, 2010
In short: Despite delayed start, less music than i expected & chaos at the end, good atmosphere and i set a new PB! In full: Very cold (and getting hungry) due to starting an hour late, although made sense with the tube nightmares. Pleased there were foils to help keep the wind out.
Bag drop good, toilets aplenty.
Was expecting to be able to hear music all round the route, but in reality was only for about 30 second burst as you ran past each station. The live bands and DJs were a nice touch though.
Not particularly scenic until mile 10 (Greenwich Park) but a good course all the same and I set a new PB (2.00.34) :-)
The handing out of goodies should have been marshalled - people taking whole crates of drinks/cereal bars etc - a goodybag would have been fairer. Nice medal though :-)
In short: Disappointing In full: Similar gripes, understand delayed start, toilets adequate in runner's area, saw lots unnecessary queueing - if you walked further into toilet area queues only 5 deep, and lack of goodies bit sad, all may have been more bearable in sunnay weather.
Why were there pallets of gatorade at the finish, (surplus being taken home by the crate later in the day) and none left at mile 9? I was counting on the energy boost for the last few miles, us slower runners really needed it by then.
In short: Better organisation and a few tweaks and this could be good In full: I probably don't need to go into all the negatives as others have covered those. Despite being there an hour and a half before the scheduled start I still think it was the right decision to delay the start. Toilets were a fiasco and the bag drop just needs to be turned around 90degrees against the back fence to prevent chaos in the queues.
Agree with the Gatorade and water comments and the first thing my wife said when finishing was "Was there supposed to be music on the course"
I did enjoy the course and the hills were nothing to be feared, they were a lot shorter than I first thought.
My Garmin also put this as 427m over length and you should have heard me swear when I thought I had nearly finished only to see the 750m signs.
I also agree that a goody bag should have been given out. Ok so I have mentioned all the same negatives.....
I might do this one again but only if I can't get into the Royal Parks Half. Date of review: September 28, 2010