In short: Perfect weather, probably a good one for first-timers In full: A race very much of two halves, the city then the park. Great PB potential and plenty of great goodies at the end, including Marmite on toast and Tetley tea.
The only problems that need to be rectified are: toilets - no way near good enough for an event of this scale, and the technical t-shirt - one of the ugliest pieces of sports clothing ever designed, it will go straight to the charity bin. Date of review: October 11, 2010
In short: Great first time Half Marathon In full: Loved the route, and running past Big Ben chiming 10am is pretty special! Yes, there's a lot of doubling back in Hyde Park, but that didn't bother me and I thought it was a great race, and a great introduction to the distance - really friendly and well organised! Date of review: October 11, 2010
In short: Great route with PB potentional and excellent organisation In full: It's one of the best routes around London with streets closed to traffic and the beauty of the parks. An incredible amount of organisation and effort from the volunteers meant for water stations full to brimming with Lucozade and water. Sweets towards the end were welcomed. Yes, it got crowded in the narrow parts but that's to be expected from 15,000 entrants! With so many people, yes, more Portaloos were required - at least another 50 please. This is all part and parcel of staging a major running event in London. A flat course, a new PB for me and a glorious day reminiscent of summer. Well done to everyone and thanks for a special event. Date of review: October 11, 2010
In short: Well organised scenic race but big and too MP3 players In full: As others have said this is an expensive race but it's understandable given such a big field and the fact it's central London. I didn't experience any of the congestion others have mentioned and thought the course was well marshalled. Lots of water and freebies to be had.
If you like big races then this is definitely one of the better ones.
I got there about 45 minutes before the start and only had to queue for a couple of minutes for the loo and not at all to drop my bag - inevitably the later you are the more queues there will be.
It was enjoyable to run through central London, past some of the sights and through the parks.
Definitely a PB race - almost pancake flat.
The only thing that will make me think about entering it again is the number of people running with MP3 players. There is really no place for them in races, they are dangerous and unsociable. Date of review: October 11, 2010
In short: I remember now why I promised never to do a Hyde Park run again In full: After LUL shutting Hyde Park corner station (well done, another classic from them), I still turned up early enough that I got my baggage dealt with immediately and didn't even have to queue for a portaloo. As usual, the fast foody places were open and the smell of fried food wasn't exactly in keeping with the run. However, the freebies handed out by cereal bar people, some free bananas and water were very welcome and much appreciated (thank you). Having to queue for the toilet again at 8.50am, I didn't get inside one until 9.20am. The lack of toilets is just unacceptable at an event of this scale. The scenery was better out on the road - running past Big Ben when it struck 10am was a highlight, seeing the Millenium wheel etc. Didn't see much of the parks, were pretty dull. And I dislike Hyde Park for running due to previous runs which have been badly organised and it brings back bad memories! Having the speakers about half a mile from the finish line was off-putting as I could hear them shouting out "you're nearly there" etc, when we weren't, they were half a mile ahead of the speakers! On the plus side, the finishing stretch was a HUGE welcome relief from the ones I've had to do there before - from the other direction. At least yesterday's one was slightly downhill - thank goodness! The majority of the crowds and marshalls were encouraging but there weren't so many cheers out on the road. I think this is a good race but personally, I won't ever do such a commercialised run again and definitely not Hyde Park. Date of review: October 11, 2010
In short: Pricey but a day to remember In full: This is certainly not a cheap race, but luckily the organization made up for that. Plenty of Lucozade/ water along the course, we were offered percy pigs at the last few miles. Plenty of freebies at the end, the queues for the baggage area were not that bad. Loved the entertainment and general support from the crowd was amazing although I would have added a bit of music at the start just to lift people's spirits. The course was not perfect for a PB, at times the course was very narrow which made it impossible to overtake, I would define it more as a fun day out rather than a race. If it was not for the freebies I would have described the fee as "robbery" but overall everything was excellent and loved the technical t-shirt made of bamboo and the wooden medal! Toilet facilities were ok, urinals for guys were a perfect extra but I would have added another row of toilets though and I would also mention to the organizers that apart from also replacing toilet paper may be they should also replace the hand sanitizer gel once finished? I would definitely register again next year!! Date of review: October 11, 2010
In short: I love this event In full: Yes, it is an expensive race to enter, but the route is amazing. Well manned water stations, clear signage and great marshalling. I will definately be back! Date of review: October 11, 2010