In short: Providing Runners with a time in a chipped race is essential! In full: I am going to fly in the face of the general consensus so far!
The website summary suggests that 4000 runners took part: but looking at the results there are only 2400 finishers. So have the organisers been unable to provide 1,600 people with a race time? Seems unlikely, but it is over 2 weeks since the race, I can say there is 1 runner without a race time: me!
And for me providing runners with a time is a pretty basic ingredient of a chipped time race (particularly as I wasn't wearing a watch and I didn't see a race clock at the finish line).
So failure on the complete basics makes this a non-event for me. And despite several e-mails to organisers, there appears no sense of urgency on getting a resolution (even if it is to simply say something went wrong!).
Other than that - the idea of running round the Olympic park sounds better than it actually is. Not much scenery (at the moment anyway). Plus points: thanks for the workers who came to support, some great stewards, well organised start and goody bag.
But undermined by inability to provide me with a time. Unexpected I have to say as usually the Great Run Team are impeccable.
In short: A very good local race, only in its second year. In full: This was my first time running in this event, as I was some how unaware of the event last year. Having now participated in it, I wished I had done it last year too.
NEGATIVE: The most negative aspect is definitely the scenery. Bow flyover, West Ham Lane and a giant construction site isn't inspiring even for Newham residents! I think just a few more portaloos would have been useful, but I'm not aware of any complaints from any runners. Spectators and supporters were almost non-existent except at the 8K mark and at the finish.
POSITIVE: I think the level of organisation was the strongest aspect of this event. There were bagggage coaches available near the start and they were clearly sign-posted and well-manned. The different start zones were clearly marked out, and there were plenty of marshalls segregating the runners of different race number colours. The warm-up was done from a good vantage point, although some of the moves were bizarre. I managed to be near the front as I had on an orange number. The race started promptly, but the start area was a little congested and there was a sharp left turn after 50 yards. Though the scenery is less-than-desirable, runners did at least have the opportunity to see the Olympic Stadium close up. The construction workers in the Olympic site cheered and gave more encouragement to the runners,than the marshalls on the course!
GOODY BAG & MEDAL: The shoulder bag was made of cloth with the event logo and year on it. The contents included: a 500ml bottle of Powerade energy drink, two sachets of Linwood's powders, a 55g PowerBar, foil blanket, bottle of water, 'Eat Natural' yoghurt/cereal bar a 'Newham' guide to the Olympic Games 2012 and a grey T-shirt with the event logo and date on it. The medal was nice with the event details/logo on it, attached to a broad pink ribbon.
Providing I'm in good health this time next year, I will be running in this event again. It's too good a local event to miss and I'm motivated by the fact that I earned a pb too. Finally, a shout out to Wendy Pullen, one the runners I've met at the 'West Ham Park Winter Run Series', who has also left a review on here! Date of review: April 2, 2011
In full: I had'nt raced for a few years, but after this race i'm keen to keep it up. Not the greatest course (Olympic stadium) or not but very enjoyable. Not to many uphill bits which is good for the likes of me who have been away from running for a while and not bad for beginner's. Well organised, and a nice touch the free energy drink at the start for those that wanted it. All in all a good race and I would do it again. Date of review: April 1, 2011
In short: a new PB for me In full: Should be better next year when the Olympic park will be finished. Compared to other 10ks in London this comes 2nd (behind the bupa 10,000). Great goody bag which is always a bonus! Date of review: April 1, 2011
In short: Great route through the Olympic Park In full: Good atmosphere, mixed of serious and fun runners, dramatically varied scenery, good organisation. A little narrow in the early stages causing bunching though fine later. Date of review: March 31, 2011
In short: Well organised 10k taking in Olympic sights In full: A really enjoyable race. Well organised start and marshalling excellent along the route. Interesting to run into the Olympic site and good support from the builders! Will definitely be back next year. Date of review: March 30, 2011
In short: Wasn't sure at first but ended up being a good event. Will be back next year. In full: A couple of marshalls were not very helpfull when I was trying to find the start line. The bag drop off made me uneasy as the coach was full and there didn't seem any organisation. I was worried I may not get it back! I was proved wrong as I did. Different course to last year which made it better. The marshalls along the course were good and the goody bag was excellent. Well definetly do it next year. Date of review: March 30, 2011