In short: Tough Course but beautiful In full: This was the inaugural event and was well organised and marshaled well. It had clear signage and instruction for the whole course. The marshals were very encouraging as were the locals there was support in places around the whole route. The course is really tough and undulating should really read hilly as hell, but the beautiful scenery and support gets you through. The finish was well organised and the goody bag was well filled with a great bit of bling, a banana, power cookie and some haribo sweets.
Overall I really enjoyed this race even though it was a tough one for me. Hats off to the organisers and volunteers Date of review: September 1, 2014
In short: amazing race and super nice atmosphere In full: first time doing this race as missed out last year I'm not a fast runner at all but everyone was very friendly and the marshals did a great job of encouraging you on, the goodie bags were fantastic value and large selection of cake at the end would race again. Date of review: September 1, 2014
In short: I'll be back ! In full: As the co-organiser since 1985 we knew the new organisers Tape2Tape would put on a good show and keep the legacy going strong. From an ex organisers eye and also as a runner this time we saw that everything was flawless and went like clockwork. Nothing was left to chance, well signed, well marshalled, and very good value too. Good to see a large Vets prize list too, often neglected in lots of races. Reckon NRR with his comments is in a minority of one ! Long may it continue. Date of review: September 1, 2014
In short: Not a patch on previous years. In full: Not enough clear signage approaching the race area. No hi viz vests for stewards. Car parking near enough a free for all. Restricted narrow overgrown path for pedestrian entry. No marshals or signage for race HQ. Nowhere near enough toilet facilities (only 10 portaloos)for nearly 2000 people. Not enough visible first aid cover on the course especially allowing for the heat and the arduous terrain. No encouragement from the marshals (query if marshals had radio comms?). Waterstops should have the water in a shaded area. Last turn into the finish confusing allowing some runner to take a wrong turn. Congestion at the finsish, immediate area behind the race arch (which was too narrow) should be left clear of goody bags etc. Water for finishers not controlled therefore they ran out after 600 runners. Runners were then encouraged to take half empty bottles and pour them over there heads!!! All these points that I raise were spot on in previous years. Either the organising committee has become complacent or they are cutting corners with manpower etc. The duty of care to runners was sorely lacking. Date of review: September 1, 2014
In short: Scenic on the River but too many twists and turns for realistic PB opportunity In full: I travelled a few miles for this one based on it being Scenic, Flat and of good PB potential. Well I got the first two but not sure about the PB potential as there are quite a number of sharp left and right turns and a 180 degree switch back at either end of Hammersmith Bridge which you negoiate twice. Overall I enjoyed the race and the scenery on the River was great, just wasn't keen on a copule of the road sections particularly with the traffic in certain areas. For a first time, the race was well marshalled and seemed to be well organised. I don't know if I missed where the toilets were but I only found 1 set of males open with quite a large queue forming half an hour before the race. Goody bag was good but the medal a bit lightweigth. Date of review: September 1, 2014