In short: Running round a car park in the dark, albeit at Wembley In full: Dull course which was very dark and almost ran blind due to glasses steaming up in the rain! Good to start at Wembley on the pitch but after over an hour of tedious Pendulum and Moby plus Andy Goldstein who's a t*** was anxious to get going. Organisation was good though-limited baggage my a*** they had Wembley Arena! Date of review: September 1, 2008
In short: First time runner in squelching trainers BEFORE we set off In full: As this event was organised by a very successful sports company that make a lot of money from the participants before the £30 fee I expected better. Why oh why did they put the concert on before the run? During would have been better as something to do whilst waiting for your 'wave' to start. Stood around for 2 hours as far away from the music as possible and then in the rain just waiting around for it to start. A better course in the other direction as in away, not towards the A406 may have helped. I ran the Nike 10K Human race and all I got was a lovely T-Shirt which we had to fight our way through the crowds for. Date of review: September 1, 2008
In short: not a chance of a re run In full: positives- glad i ran in a race with paula, unlikely to be repeated ! 2 t shirts - nice negatives, everything else. totally crap Date of review: September 1, 2008
In short: Very disappointed, now I know why there was so little info about what time we would start running! In full: I'd always intended not to 'race' this, but to treat it as a steady run. Good job too - the crowds/puddles/course would have made it very difficult to get a particularly good time. Keeping 20,000+ runners penned into a stadium for over 2 hours with no info about how long they would be there, when all they wanted to do was RUN, was daft. I felt sorry for the performers to be honest, trying to get us all dancing and motivated, when we didn't want to use our energy up. Should have been an afternoon race with the concert afterwards. And the scrum at the end for shirts was nothing short of a nightmare - I wonder how many were wasted by being trampled underfoot? Not good, Nike, not good at all. Date of review: September 1, 2008
In short: good idea, poorly executed In full: Watching techno and moby on your own for 2 hours isn't a great warm up to a race!! If I'd known I was going to be split up from my friends who were in different "waves" then I never would have done it, this really spoilt it for me I'm afraid and should have been communicated upon registration. The bands were a great idea as it encourages people to join in and start running, but unfortunatley it's just not practical to keep that many people hanging around on a sunday night. With regards to the course, it was actually not bad and makes a change from a boring park. Fairplay to Nike for attempting such an ambitious event, but a lot of lessions need to be learnt if they're going to do it again. Date of review: September 1, 2008
In short: Not worth the long wait In full: Concert painful sounded like the same tune played over and over (could be my age!. Wait time hopeless. Over crowded gatering on pitch no chance of the pathetic warm up routine. Course, apart from the stadium, as dull as dull could be. Might as well go for a jog round your local industrial estate. As the people at Carlsberg might say 'Probably the worst 10k in the world' Date of review: September 1, 2008
In short: T-shirt good everything else pants (bur rain not Nike's fault) In full: This was my first ever race and I'd been looking forward to it for AGES. Started well with impressive stadium, but why did we have to get there so bloody early - where the only food available was chips, pizza and hotdogs, great fuel for running? Like everyone else before has said:
1) felt like caged animals waiting to get out there 2) once out I wanted to go back in.....shocking course of carpark, industrial estates, petrol station, industrial waste bins and the north circular car fumes! 3) stinky 4) so dark could hardly see, good job t-shirts bright but should have been dayglow. 5)Each kilometer seemed longer (and was according to my ipod) and so felt like did 10.5k at least.
Maybe wouldn't have felt so bad if hadn't been shown images of the lucky bastards running in Paris/Munich/Istanbul in daylight through what seemed like glorious courses.
Definitely put me off running with Nike again and felt quite flat afterwards when should have felt elated after achievment. Thank god for the T-shirt.
In short: Nike could do nothing about the weather. They were extremely unlucky. The course wasn't great, but what course is going to be great next door to one of the Worlds great stadiums. More information could have been given out on start time Date of review: September 1, 2008
In short: Ruined by bad weather and too much hanging around. In full: Very impressed to get a text message with finishing time etc. by the time I got back to my bag. Also liked the finishers tee-shirt. This event however does not lend itself to bad weather. Definitely liked the BUPA 10K back in May a lot more but still enjoyed this one. Course was twisty but that created a more intense feeling to the event. Thought this was ok but would probably revise my opinion if I was on a later start. Date of review: September 1, 2008