Worst runs in Britain - please!

RW has the data - please publish it and let us know which runs to avoid!

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02/08/2013 at 10:49

RW publishes the lists of the best runs in Britain, but we want to know the worst ones too... too many runners are gulled into entering them year after year...

Britain's worst race?

So, please, RW, publish the list of the worst-rated races in Britain alongside the best (in both your magazine and online) - you will be doing us all a big favour.

Racers should also be able to rate a race at 0% (the lowest possible rating at the moment is 20%, which does not seem to be low enough to do some races justice).

Anyone got any candidates for worst race in Britain?

02/08/2013 at 10:54

Read this thread about the British 10k and you will find your answer!

Edited: 02/08/2013 at 10:56
02/08/2013 at 11:09

Ah, the good old British 10K.


Still run by Union Jack Sports by any chance?  I remember all the hoo-ha in 2003 I think, when it all started.

I suspect it's still "better value than the London Marathon".

02/08/2013 at 11:49

It's all relative... but it should always be based upon the same values as the best ones. There are races that i've hated (Royal Parks Half) that others have raved about and loved - but it just wasn't my cup of tea.

02/08/2013 at 16:13

A huge number of entrants and a short race is a recipe for disaster. Why do some people need tens of thousands of people there to validate what they do? I can only imagine the are run by first timers who are a bit naive.

02/08/2013 at 16:16

I think you're right, SR.  

I would guess that a large proportion of entrants to the British 10k are first-timers.

02/08/2013 at 19:34

The Events section could be way better...  It would be very easy to prodive a list of all events ordered by Overall Score, with the option to display it in descending order.

cougie    pirate
02/08/2013 at 21:33
It doesn't matter how many times you say it is poor - the British 10k will outlive the post apocalyptic cockroaches.

Amazingly some people come back to run it more than once.
03/08/2013 at 14:02

I'm sure we could happily forget it ever existed Cougie, if it wasn't for people posting every year how bad it is. If you check out reviews for a holiday or a restaurant then check out the reviews for a race too. 

09/08/2013 at 12:24
Sussex Runner NLR wrote (see)

If you check out reviews for a holiday or a restaurant then check out the reviews for a race too. 


It's not a difficult concept is it? Yet seemingly beyond many. As a relatively new runner, I read the reviews and the previous year's threads and don't just look at the percentages when looking for events to enter

To be honest anyone that enters the London 10km and feels hard done by only has themselves to blame. It's not difficult to find negative feedback.

29/08/2013 at 13:56

I remember hearing about a race organised by some students in London for beer money that ended up with runners appproaching the finish line from both directions. Hilarious chaos ensued.

I thought that it would be nearly impossible do organise for that to happen, until one of my marshals sent the first 100 runners the wrong way at one of my races - they did a loop and found themselves back on the course - which meant that I had runners approaching a water station from two different directions. Oh dear.

29/08/2013 at 14:03

Manchester Marathon, absolute rubbish, year 1 luggage fiasco, year 2 everyone's time wrong.

29/08/2013 at 15:12

"Great" north run. Awful, just awful.

29/08/2013 at 15:14
Anything which is part of the "great" run series.
Trade descriptions need to get involved.
29/08/2013 at 15:21

I did the British 10K as my first 'proper' event. It honestly never occurred to me to look at reviews, but I was young and naive

I had nothing to compare it to, but it was pretty obvious that the organisers didn't have a clue what they were doing. Plus there was an incident with Gatorade that's best left unsaid...

Now I'm old and cranky I always check race reviews

Manchester marathon last year was diabolical. The weather certainly didn't help matters, but doesn't began to excuse the number of thefts from the bag drop.

29/08/2013 at 15:27

Dr Rob - I've only ever run your races so I haven't got any bad examples! (And I don't recall ever being sent in the wrong direction).

29/08/2013 at 17:39
Dustin wrote (see)

"Great" north run. Awful, just awful.

Interesting view, barring the crowds of runners making it tough for PBs, I think it is a great race/day out, never had any issues on organisation/water stops/medical support/crowd support etc. and the atmosphere is brilliant, imo  Can't wait for it this year and  starting near the front hoping for a new course PB.  Love to know why you think it is so bad?  I prefer smaller races for getting good times of course, but still I find it hard to conceive of it being awful.

30/08/2013 at 09:15

Thanks Peter - it was the first running of the Bath Hilly Half...

I wonder how many people discover their fear of crowds at big races? At the London Marathon, a perfectly organised race, I became sick of seeing so many people. The crowds make it better for some people, but for others it's a real pain. It seems that for some of the bigger races, the race experience would be twice as good with half the runners. But money talks...

I come back to my plea to Runner's World to publish the list of worst-rated races. They released the voting data on all of the country's 2500 (RW-registered) races just once, about 5 years ago - it was a gold mine (of races to avoid).

30/08/2013 at 14:31

To answer Daeve:
admittedly I did it around a decade ago, but start was on a dual carriageway, with 'ever presents/locals' allowed up the front with the personalities/elite and no time pens. It was a free for all having dropped baggage off. Having a surname beginning with a 'W' meant I had to walk around 1/4 mile up the start to drop my bag off, and although I tried to push forward I started about 400m from the front alongside a smurf and two mister men.
Then the Tyne Bridge and approach road were closed in one direction, which admittedly is not the race organisers fault, but should have been advised beforehand, so there was a huge bottle neck.
Then follows 12 miles of uninspiring course, with spots of decent crowd support but great swathes of empty carriageway. Only redeeming feature is the last mile on the seafront.
Then the trek to the baggage buses parked down a street way beyond the finish / meeting area before an hour plus wait for a bus back to the city centre. Not the 'regular service' advised in the literature.
I've done London and the Great South so no stranger to big events, but this was in a class of its own.

06/09/2013 at 10:24

http://ogeerunner.wordpress.com/ puts it all into perspective, with his write-up of the Thames Gateway 100 (+)

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