In short: Again too crowded, could have been special In full: -ves -again, like all Nike runs, too crowded. Did occur to me that it was like a fight with elbows and being trod on -really should have put people according to times, as was slowed down to a jog about 5 times -started quite late - should have been an afternoon race -would rather have had gig after, so those who were here mainly for the race could have left and those celebrating times could have jumped around -too many twists and turns in the course (bad when dark, crowded and going at speed) -where was my medal?
+ves -did love the t-shirts -enjoyed being up close to seb cole and paula radcliff and the acts -nike texted our results quickly -marshalls were encouraging in the rain! -liked the idea of being one of 26 such events around the world -the camaraderie of being in red (then white) and hollering under the bridge Date of review: September 3, 2008
In short: Great day - shame about the weather and waiting around In full: I had a great day at the Nike Human Race, I thought the race was well organised, got some great free t-shirts. But it was let down by the course, which was not well lit, with lots of tight corners, plenty of huge puddles, and very narrow. The concenrt before meant over an hour of standing around and waiting and getting cold. But despite the negatives, I would def do it again. Date of review: September 3, 2008
In short: the Shirts said "Nike:Just Do It", Instead the event was: "Just stand around getting cold for an hour and ahalf and then do It" In full: REALLY Bad organisation and information. NO information on what the actual run start time was. As a result, I had no idea how to manage hydration or food. Ended up planning for a 6:30 race, and getting one at 7:40, which meant a sugar deficit and an overly full bladder. Being locked into the stadium an hour and 45 minutes before the run began was massively annoying: standing/sitting around in the rain. Having my ears blasted with someone else's choice of music [If I want to go to a rock concert, I'll buy tickets for a rock concert: I was there to run. I wonder if Moby has ever before seen several thousand people with their backs to him as he played] Being given a "Warm-up" 40 minutes before my start, and then being expected to stand getting cold in the rain. The run itself was OK: thanks to Sir Seb for starting wave 2 early, as we stood there waiting and the heavens opened. the waves were too close together (I was overtaking members of wave 1 at 5K onwards, and as ever Nike neglected to get people to line up in order of their expected pace, so there was loads of pushing and barging being done. Why not announce the time that the concert starts (if we need a concert at all, that is) and the time that each of the waves begin, and let people turn up in time for their wave like adults, and like every other big run seems to manage to do? Date of review: September 3, 2008
In short: Only the rain damaged the event. Superb organisation and facilities. In full: 20,000 runners and no queues for either toilets or baggage facilities at any time. More than adequate changing areas and stewards everywhere. Runners obviously had to be held at the stadium to reduce route and finish congestion.. think about it. Marshalls who had stood in the rain for hours did there utmost to lift runners. 2 dry fit shirts as momentos.. fantastic. Text messages with time sent within minutes of the finish and fast display of results on the website. In all.. a fine experience.. other than the rain. Date of review: September 2, 2008
In short: Wembley Woe made me Moby Dick In full: Not an awful lot more to add to previous comments - from start to finish the organisation has been poor and as tacky marketing ploys go, this was top drawer. As the evening 'slowly' unfolded it became clear why there had been such a lack of pre-race information. I wasn't sure who I felt sorrier for - Waves 1 & 2 who had to stand for two hours and be mercilessly subjected to on-stage efforts to 'have a good time' or Waves 3 or 4 ( I was in Wave 3 ) having to sit in the stands, gradually realising they would have no chance of a celebratory refreshment or even pre-race water for that matter. Andy Golstein was poor ( although to be fair on a hiding to nothing ), Pendulum good ( just wish I could have enjoyed listening afterwards ) and Moby, well, does the guy have a personality or better still a song that doesn't sound exactly like the previous five?. I wasn't overly disappointed with the course - by the time we ran it was dark therefore I didn't have time to admire the local industry. I share the many doubters who suggested the route was in excess of 10K however I felt the marshalls made the best of a bad job, since they were probably as fed-up as the rest of us. Wembley was a fantastic backdrop although at times I felt like I had been given the keys to somebody elses house....oh and no bl**dy medals in spite of many references in the pre-race blurb. T-Shirts did little to compensate. Notwithstanding the above and considering Nikes' best efforts to curb my enthusiasm there were elements of the race I found perversely enjoyable. Concerts and running races could only work in daylight and reverse order though.
In short: Very good race, would do it again. In full: Yes it was poorly organised, Yes it rained, Yes some of us stood for 3 hours listening to Pendulum & Moby. But in my opinion Nike advertised the race as being a fun run and I think they achieved that. The organisation was poor yes, but the fact that Nike had to organise 25 other runs all over the world, shows how well they did. With other 10k races usually it involves planning for one race not 26. Date of review: September 2, 2008
In short: OMG - it was awful - good concept - bad actual - at least it was for charity In full: Standing in the rain only to be told it was another 10 minutes before our (wave3) warm up does not fill you with joy - squeezing thousands of people down a thin tunnel is stupid - I spent the majority of the race being tripped and barged - and the continual bottle necks meant stopping and starting - hopefully next year this will be addressed - Date of review: September 2, 2008
In short: A run that will make you ill! In full: Having felt terrible with a cold and fever for the last two days I have now mustered up the energy to write in about the Nike 10K.
I love running and have completed over 130 runs in the last 6 years. This was by far the worst experience I have ever had at a fun run and I have been caught short on more than one occasion.
For nearly three hours we were expected to sit through middle of the road rock drivel(the sort of music that would be given out on a free disc in the Mail on Sunday), a non celebrity compare (who was he?) and Lord Tory Boy Coe (getting another free lunch after the Olympics). Lord Coe told us he would not be running in the race, and why? Because he did not want to freeze to death waiting in the longest que this side of St Peter's gates.
My God it was awful! I feel really sorry for those poor, poor first time runners. Will they ever run again?
Please let me assure them that every other fun run they do they will not get such heavy handed security wanting to see their ticket and arm band every time they want to go the toilet.
After being frozen in the Stadium I was then soaked in the rain outside culminating in coming down with a fever.
Maybe part of the reason I feel so terrible was that I had no room to do a proper warm up before the race? Maybe it is because it was over an hour after finishing that I managed to get some warm dry clothes on?
Having a fun run at Wembly stadium was a really good idea.
It was turned into a nightmare by some marketing manager who tried to pitch the event as "Rock and Roll running" which was very, very silly. The worse thing was that no one who had signed up for the event knew that was what they had signed up for.
If I would have known I would never have gone.
Never, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever again!!!! Date of review: September 2, 2008