In short: Not as flat as I was expecting! In full: Excellent organisation and good support on route, but fast and offering PB potential? I'm not quite sure about this!
There weren't any real hills for the first 10 miles, but after this the underpasses kicked in and it was hard to find any rhythm constantly going up and down these. There were also a couple of quite steep hills in the latter stages that I wasn't expecting that knocked the wind out of me.
The route is scenic enough and the stadium finish was nice too. Date of review: May 6, 2014
In short: Excellent Addition to Spring Calender! In full: Very impressed with the organisation of this event. The course isn't flat, but for me the undulations were the perfect amount of a test with still the potential for a PB. Great crowds throughout and lovely finish in to the stadium.
Maybe an additional water stop would have been nice considering the weather, but the water was served in small bottles, so easy to hold and race with. If I'm being really picky, then a goodie bag at the end would have been nice - just a piece of fruit or sports drink rather than just water.
It was a little congested at the start, but for the first time ever in a race I was able to go to the toilet and not need to queue. That alone deserves a pat on the back!
Looking forward to running it next year! Date of review: March 10, 2014
In short: Organisationally very poor In full: I can't say i was overly impressed with this race.
The start was nothing short of shambolic, no one knew where the start was, which direction in which we were supposed to run, and then 'go' was shouted without any warning or countdown!
The course was challenging and well marshalled, it was just a shame that not one of the marshalls could take the time to smile or offer words of encouragement and drag their eyes away from their ever-texting mobile phones.
Upon finishing, according to my watch the course was almost half a mile under the 10k distance, which could help explain a number of the PB's posted on a quite difficult course.
The free t-shirt and medal were nice touches, although the race printed on the t-shirt seemed to be for one completely different to this one!
This has the potential to be a good challenging race, but the organisational skills will have to improve drastically for me to consider running this again. Date of review: July 5, 2009
In short: The poor organisation could easily discourage a first time runner. In full: I thought this might have been a good first race for my girlfriend who has taken up running. Sadly it wasn't.
The organisation was very poor indeed. This shouldn't be a surprise considering the organisers personal attack on the London Marathon in the race program.
The lack of toilets meant my girlfriend had to queue for 30 mins. By the time we had reached the start we were much further back than we had hoped for, taking another 30 mins to even get past the start.
The route itself is nice and well marshalled with a good amount of water stations, but you have to seriously question the costs to enter and the organisational shambles at the start and finish. Considering the cost to enter, you can't help but feel cheated by the quality of t-shirt, goodie bag and tacky medal.
Either cut down on the amount of runners, or have seperate waves depending on anticpated time. Will not be running this again and i hope my girlfriend realises that things can only get better after this! Date of review: July 6, 2008