In short: First time this year - fantastic half marathon and finally got under 1:45 which I have been trying to do for ages. Having run FLM and Bupa 10K this one is the best - the scenery in the parks with the trees turning was suberb. In full: The goodie bags was fun - you had to go round the food marquees to fill up. i dad 10 Boost bars, 5 Luzarade bottles, as much water as you wanted. Still would come back...... Date of review: October 12, 2009
In short: Lovely route, great race but bag drop needs rethinking In full: This was a very enjoyable race, and i'd definately do it again, though the bag drop was most odd. Not sure why they've deviated from the norm in terms of different numbers with wristbands when we're all wearing unique numbers already!! Also the freebies at the end were a bit thin on the ground by the time some of us slower types had finished - but love the idea of filling your own bag. Don't often get marmite on toast after a race! Date of review: October 12, 2009
In short: Best London race under 26 miles In full: Good organisation given the number of runners. Nice course, good marshals and although nothing in the goody bag at the end I collected more free stuff than ever in the food grab area afterwards! Date of review: October 12, 2009
In short: Excellent London race In full: The only negative (the queues for the loos were long but not unreasonable, and each queue was for about 20 loos so fast moving) was the bag system - I'm not sure why they had to give all those people who already had a unique number another unique number! It was very frustrating that my husband and I missed the green start - if we were doing it again then one of us would queue for the bags while the other queued for the loos!
That aside, a wonderful race, excellent sights, and a treat for us locals not to have to wait for traffic lights at Hyde Park Corner! I quite enjoyed seeing all the other runners in Hyde Park and it made for good spectating, it meant my three year old could see me twice which was great for both of us! I thought it was balanced nicely with the more interesting first half (and let's face it, by mile 12 a lot of people were probably too knackered to realise it was the Royal Albert Hall in front of them!)
I'll be doing it again next year, as long as the VLM doesn't put me off running for ever! Date of review: October 12, 2009
In short: Great London event. In full: This was a great way of doing a run in London that takes in the major sights without doing the marathon! Loved the organisation, the atmosphere and support, the marshalls, the copious amounts of cereal bars, drinks, bananas and chocolate on offer (so much better than a traditional goody bag). I managed to miss the first water station but the rest were better organised. The bag drop was busy (and it didn't help having the person on the loudspeaker telling you that you should already be at the starting line when clearly lots of people were still queuing) but I switched queues to the other end near the stage which went much quicker. Date of review: October 12, 2009
In short: Great chance to run along some classic London vistas In full: My second ever half marathon, and a lot of fun. As everyone found, the queues for the loos were horrendous, and you had to collect your own goody bag from the 'sponsors village' - but the upside of that was that I had a fresh cup of tea and a slice of toast and marmite in my hand within 10 minutes of finishing!
I really enjoyed the route - although the endless loops around Hyde Park were a bit frustrating, the first half of the run had some pretty special moments - running into Parliament Square with Big Ben right in front, running up Whitehall into Trafalgar Square with Nelson's column right in front, running down the Mall towards Buckingham Palace - and all without having to do 26 miles of the London Marathon. Date of review: October 12, 2009
In short: Some of the sights of the London marathon - in a half In full: For a race this size I thought that the organisation was excellent.
I'm glad I did it for the opportunity to take in some of the real tourist sights of London in a unique way - running down the Mall towards Buckingham Palace and very close to the Houses of Parliament for example.
The race would benefit from more miles spent outside the park, taking in those sights and a few less looping and switchbacking through Hyde Park. The latter became a little monotonous and there were a few 180 degree turns with stunning views of other runners going in the other direction!
Even though it's reasonably flat, the PB potential is limited by the sheer weight of runners. Date of review: October 12, 2009
In short: Loved it!!! In full: The husband dropped the kit bag off while I queued for the loo, which took about ten minutes so no problems for us!!! We made a weekend of it by staying in London for a long weekend which was lovely. What a fantastic feeling running up the Mall towards Buckingham Palace watching out for Her Maj drinking her morning cup of tea!!Great race, great support, great route and most of all great city! Will be back next year for sure! PS - had a nice chat to Nell McAndrew at the start line, she's lovely! Date of review: October 12, 2009