In short: 2012 race review. A great event, but organisation worsening each year. In full: I love this event, that's why I've done it 7 times now. I agree with the complaints others have made, but there's just something special about it for me. Their website is terible, arrive early if you want to use one of the shrinking number of loos, don't expect much at the finish - but it;s still a fantastic run. I did my best time since '88 this year as a nifty fifty.
I will be back next year. Date of review: October 18, 2012
In short: Overpriced In full: 2012 race - Nice course, spoiled by the organisation. Start delayed due to toilet and baggage queues, bad congestion for at least first mile/mile and a half. Water stations really well manned but only feeble plastic cups of water scooped out of 'bins' available, no bottles or energy drinks. At end given a medal, Mars bar and at last a bottle of water, but couldn't even manage a bag to put them in. Very amateur feel. Date of review: October 10, 2012
In short: Organisation gets worse In full: I'm actually rating the 2012 race but couldn't select it in the drop down box. Wakey wakey RW.
This was the fifth time I've done this race since 2004 and the organisation gets shoddier and lazier by the year. Once, one of the blue riband HM's in the south east, now just another half, but just a lot more expensive.
For the entry fee paid, you would expect more than water stations with plastic cups that are pretty hard to drink from except if you are walking. Where was the Lucozade Sport?
Half an hour to collect baggage? Guys, it helps if you store it in numerical order. Kind of makes it easier to find.
Although not the be all and end all, the medals just get cheaper. I had a look at some of the past years ones when I got home and the quality was a lot better.
Sad to see a race like this get so poor. Complacency? Date of review: October 7, 2012