In short: Improvements needed!!! In full: This was my first half marathon and was a bit confused by the layout of the village. I thought we were going to have more music on the way but this "Run to the Beat" felt like a gimmick at times. The course was not bad, people cheering were amazing, some of them opened their windows and had stereos full blast to keep us going... For the price I would have expected a t-shirt but instead we were asked to fork out £20 to buy one that looked extremely cheap! No goody bag a the end, massive long winded queues for the loos, definitely need more! Extremely long queues to collect the bags at the end (it was windy and freezing cold), never had to queue this long in events like Asics 10,000 or other massive events in central london. Frequent water/ gatorade stops although it would be nice to have smaller gatorade bottles to reduce the huge wastage. Nice to have two gel stops on the way too. It could be a great run if only there are a few more improvements. Date of review: September 28, 2010
In short: Disappointed with the event In full: Negatives: 1. You cannot dink from plastic cups whilst running! 2. Where was the music? I left my Ipod at home so that I could run to the beat. 3. Queuing for my bag was insane and freezing. 4. Chips that get laced into the shoe so you have to unlace your shoe at the end isnt great for runners who have trouble walking at the end let alone bending over(not me but there are many who would have struggled). 5. Having to buy the official t-shirt was a first for me. 6. I know the organisers have no control over the transport but it was apalling. London Transport knew of the problems in the morning and come 1pm it was still a farce to get away (I was still at the 02 at 3pm)
Positives 1. A new PB 2. Good crowd support in some areas. Date of review: September 28, 2010
In short: Good route, poorly organised, lessons to be learned. In full: My second year running and after a glorious day last year the weather let us down, not that it should have dampened our spirits as we had all the atmosphere and 'beats' to run to!! No need to delay the start, timing chips take care of those that are late, so got called to pen and waited in excess of 45 mins to cross the start line, took a good mile to warm up again. I ran again because I love London, enjoyed the route and it offers excellent PB potential but advertise it as a London 1/2 marathon not as a gimic run around the idea that you will be accompanied by 'beats' scientifically created to boost performance, taking my IPOD next time. I have to agree with those that have commented on the drink stations, what a waste. But worse was to come at the finish, I collected my bag and then had to wait almost 30 mins for my wife to collect hers, surely a better system can be developed, not by finish time with the inevitable bottle neck. The transport issues both ways are not entirely the fault of the organisers but do they not communicate when there is a mass participation event, announcement when waiting 30 mins to get on tube at London Bridge was overunning engineering works, this clearly doesn't help what was a poorly run event. Could go on but enjoyed the run, just hope that the organisers take on board the comments that are posted here and apply some of the common sense advice that is given. Date of review: September 28, 2010
In short: This was my first half for 5 years and I was really looking forward to the "beat" aspect of it. I have to admit I was pretty disappointed from start to finish. Date of review: September 28, 2010
In short: Badly organised sham and the "beat" is a gimmick In full: The most frustrating race I've ever done (even though I nearly beat my pb). Thousands of people in a confined area = no one can move. It was so hard to find the end of the 40 min toilet queues, pens were badly posted, aaages to get to the bag drop then even longer to get through the start - miserable! The race itself was ok, the music? what music? Needn't have bothered, for the 20 secs of tinny music I heard I just stuck my ipod in. Then at the end crew sent us in the wrong direction to the exit, couldn't see the "green bins" for the chips, lack of goody bag was a disaster - if you're worried about being eco friendly fork out for biodegradable bags but the lack of bags was a disaster, the poor slower runners got no space blankets and it was freezing. And tio top it all off the tube was closed on the way home (having endured tube delays on the way out, so tried clipper (not running yet), cab and DLR) due to overcrowding so we walked for a few extra miles tothe overland - - a mockery and I could go on even more. The 02 is so inaccessible if one type of transport fails. Gah! I'm getting frustrated just reliving it. Date of review: September 27, 2010
In full: This was my first ever half marathon and first race, so I didn't know what to expect. We got stck on the Tube and by the time we got there all the foil blankets seemed to have gone. It was bitterly cold, took me the first couple of miles to thaw out.
Overall, it was a real mix. I thought the route was quite interesting, and there was plenty of enthusiastic support from the locals even for us slowcoaches bringing up the rear. The music part was a disappointement - bands OK but you only heard them for 30 seconds, long reaches with no music. After the first refreshment stop, everything apart from water had run out. Which was pretty sad. Overall reading the other comments, I think I'll do a more local one next time and hopefully i'll get a cereal bar and a slightly faster time! Date of review: September 27, 2010