In short: I was a hostage at wembley! In full: Trapped in Wembley from 5 till 8.
So what probably started out as a good idea from the marketing team just went badly wrong - huge lack of information before hand. Web site said limited storage so got their in time but then not able to get into wembley. Get in and then told as wave 2 not allowed to use the seats. Tried to sit on the track at side but not allowed for safety reasons.
Managed to find out the start times and was shocked. Why were we made to arrive before six and all of us, even worse for those in wave 3 or 4.
Pendulum were good and would have sent us out in good spirits but no, self indulgent Moby to be on next, and still to wait.
So finally off, feeling a bit hungry and the slices of pizza and hot dogs not really inspiring runners diets and as others mentioned lots of sharp turns, very packed in, I'm sorry if I elbowed anyone accidently, suffered a few back myself.
What can we say, running through car parks in the dark, you can get arrested for that.
Timing managed to do a good time for me, agree that route distance not accurate, it was probably all the continual corners.
Finish chaotic being squashed in at the t-shirt point, some fruit or so would have been good seeing as i left home at 3pm.
Plus points, i guess two tshirts, though i saw people grabbing more than one at the end.
I feel very sorry for those who came with family and they were stuck away with them in the stands and waiting for several hours.
NIKE have a re-think - don't believe (your own) the hype Date of review: September 1, 2008
In short: a good old challenge with great support In full: 2nd time of running, contrast in weather as v warm last year and colder and wetter this year. This did not stop the people of hasting, st leonards coming out to support everyone in a great way as last year. as was second year knew what to expect with the hills but do get surprised with the sudden ups again. Very tight turn at the bottom of the hill. Water around 11 would be better than 12. Well done to the person who moved the half way sign to very close to the 7 mile, made it my fastest half mile. Would agree about how busy at the end, no tea for me but got a juice and my brass, some fruit from Spar the sponsor would have been good though. Overall though will be back for the 25th. Thanks to all. Date of review: March 17, 2008
In short: white hot heat and fun (most of the time) In full: what to add - heat definitely caught up with me in 2nd half - like another reviewer I drank and drank and still had room for more - although too much lucozade does turn your stomach and swills around but the energy when your mind was going sun loopy did help.
Was my first one so it was great to hear and see all the crowds - thankfully a little bit quieter just outside the wharf when my mind was playing up.
Surprises as a debutant were how boxed in you were in for the first half and how the road narrowed suddenly at certain bits and speed bumps at the start?! I did not think much of the cutty sark even if it would have looked good on tv without the tarpaulin. I felt like one slip and several runners would have fallen like dominoes so was glad to survive the very narrow sharp turn.
I don't think they ran out of water - it was just in high demand so that you had to move to the end of the station to get some, sometimes while they re-stacked the other end.
skipped the glory sprint as I saw several people tumble on the home straight after speeding up. Slower at 4:25 than i had hoped but for a first one in those conditions very happy and will be back somepoint.
Thanks London - great organisation and cheering and support (and thanks to the kid with bananna to give out!) Date of review: April 24, 2007
In short: very enjoyable once past the hill with lots of good local support and encouragement In full: was warned about the hill but did go on and on - support once reached top from towns, villages, hospitals and elderly homes (with pots and pans) was fantastic and very much helped us on. only down point was car being towed - no warning that would have happened - parking even on the saturday evening is horrendous in town - very friendly guest house allowed back in for shower cup of tea and choccy biscuit was excellent - Brighton take note - will be back - oh and nice red face and arms today in the sunshine! Date of review: March 12, 2007
In short: Good, fast and reasonably flat In full: As a warm up for FLM it was v good and got my PB. Would agree on distance that it was 13.25 on GPS, but the chip timing was spot on. Big plus was it was v pleasing when relaxing with post race beer and stodgy food to get confirmation of time by text in the comfort of my local boozer. The delays to get out were not to do with race orgainisers but the fact that there is one road out in the London direction. Agree on lack of toilets at start but there were a few on route, empty on the prom by Hove to nip into. More publicity would be good as the Ramada hotel was not very flexible about getting a later checkout. Overall enjoyed. Date of review: February 20, 2007