In short: Dreadful route and therefore way too busy. Awful organisation. Waaaay too expensive. Dire In full: I suppose there *may* have been *some* small positive we can take from yesterday's RTTB (the occasional decent view) but sadly these are very much eclipsed by the substantial number of pretty serious negatives.
The organisation may well have been sufficient for a smaller race but 19,000 runners tested it to beyond the limit and it broke.
There's simply no excuse to start behind schedule. If runners turn up late, let them start at the back. Don't impede the majority by keeping them in pens whilst you get organised.
The route was dire. Truly, utterly awful. Appalling. I'm not talking about the hill at mile 12 - whilst not much fun it is perfectly reasonable. What I'm referring to is most of the route being too narrow for 19k runners and at the 7km mark being so narrow that the ENTIRE FIELD CAME TO A STANDSTILL FOR SEVERALL MINUTES, TWICE! (please note I am not exaggerating, we were stood still to get through a gate, allowing us to run a 400m loop (conveniently past a sponsor's stand) and then grind to a halt for several more minutes queuing to get back out through the same narrow gate. Without doubt the single worst piece of route design I have seen or heard of in a road race.
The route included lots of run up one side (narrow) of a road, complete a 180 degree u-turn around a traffic cone, and run back down the opposite (also narrow) side of the road. I watched countless people give up on that, cut across early (there was no barrier to this) to avoid the carnage at the correct cone. No matter how you tackled the switchback, all rhythm was disrupted. The last km had several of these so any hope of fast finish went up in smoke.
The pace making was hilariously awful. I was jogging round with the 2 hour guys so expected to be running about 5 minute 40 seconds per km. They got so far behind schedule (see the gate bit above) that with 14km to go they increased pace to 05:00 before pushing on to 4:30 for the final 5 km. That's 20% quicker than target pace which probably explains why most of the group running with them were dropped.
The race pretty much forced us to wear a poor quality corporate t-shirt by printing race numbers on it. It didn't wick sweat at all. literally not at all. On a not particularly hot day, I was drenched and suffered chafing. No other shirt I have run is has caused this problem. Nike should be ashamed - 'dryfit' my a&$£.
There are better half marathons. Do those. Don't do this. There are better things to do that aren't half marathons. Do those. Don't do this. Certainly don't pay £50 to do this. #RTTB must stand for Really Terrible, Total Bo!!ocks
In short: VERY poorly organised In full: I entered not having read reviews of previous events by this company.
The pre start organisation was so awful that the advertised warm up was cancelled without an announcement being made. I warmed up independently but loads of people didn’t. The temp was about 6 or 7 degrees with a cold NE wind. The organisers put runners at risk of injury as a result of their inept management on the day.
I could write more but it’s all been covered in other reviews but the risk of injury alone should be enough to tell you NOT to enter any event run by Energized Sports. I certainly won’t be repeating my mistake.