In short: Friendly, well run event In full: Super weather and a well planned out and back course from West Ham Park to the Olympic Stadium. Congested start but timing chip made this less of an issue - results up promptly. Very supportive marshals and police although some fast cars did infiltrate the course in Stratford High Street. Oh and the baggage handling was a bit British Airways. Well worth doing with a good fast finish in the park. Date of review: April 18, 2010
In short: WONDERFUL WEATHER IN WEST HAM PARK In full: The weather was wonderful and the atmosphere was fabulous. Tessa and her crew should be very proud of their hard work. I really enjoyed my JOG today and l can see this event getting BIGGER & BETTER. I met some great people today and look forward to doing this event in 2011. Thank you to the cheery marshalls & the support at the Olympic site. Date of review: April 18, 2010
In short: a great race In full: a great flat race lots of turns. Maybe need more km markers for time. Great sight to see the olympic stadium and great for chearing by the runners as it was an out and back course. Date of review: April 18, 2010
In short: Special because it's local, but locals few & far between. In full: This was my first race ever at any distance, entering after the closing date. Having been obese only two months earlier and NOT training for any race, I completed it 32mins faster than the 1hr 20mins I thought it would take me.
NEGATIVES: Some organisers unsure as to where people should go and sign posting wasn't very clear. We were made to wait far too long at the start, in the cold, got cramp in both calves AT THE VERY START! It's a bit difficult in the first half, as there are numerous undulations and THAT narrow passage. There isn't much in the way of scenery, but it was nice to run past my old school! The km markers weren't very clear, had to ask the marshals, not easy when your gasping for air. Finally, don't expect many locals to give encouragement or provide atmosphere, other than right at the finish.
POSITIVE: Local residents could enter for FREE! have to pay in 2010 though. Good to see some famous sporting stars attend such as Tessa Sanderson & Michael Watson and famous locals such as the first 'Apprentice' winner Tim Campbell. Though there isn't much scenery, it was nice to run past the partially constructed Olympic stadium and run through West Ham Park.
Goody bag & medal: Nice white t-shirt with the event name and year on it as a memento and the granola bar and energy drink much appreciated! very decent solid metal medal with the event name and year on it.
Suggestions: Change the route to possibly take in Green Street and the Boleyn ground, you'd get more spectators/supporters. Date of review: August 1, 2009
In short: Fantastic Effort for its First Race!! In full: Overall the race was well organised, great atmosphere and great scenery (Olympic Village). There was also good organisation in keeping the roads clear for the runners. The only negative, were issues with checking in bags, which started to resolve itself towards the end.
Looking forwards to next year!!! Date of review: May 14, 2009
In short: Nice race - shame about bottleneck. In full: A nice local race, train to Stratford an hour beforehand, walked around shopping centre to keep out of cold, no problems with baggage, freezing while waiting for start, nice to hear Tessa and Michael Watson. Once race started weather weent nice and only issue was bottle neck. Eveyone we overtook, pushed in so we had to overtake them again! Maybe resolved for next year.
Excellent pack, t-shirts TOO BIG!!! I pushed wife towards Tessa who gave her a medal!! Wow!! Date of review: May 7, 2009
In short: slightly disorganised at start. especially baggage, only one person taking bags In full: flat course, nice touch was going into olympic park, although a bit congested. friendly marschals. Date of review: April 27, 2009