In short: Love the GNR In full: 7th time out and a pb of 1.43...god I love this race. And the red arrows at the start were pretty special. I agree with other posters though that even starting from orange c (2nd pen of the masses) I encountered people walking after half a mile. Generally however, it's well organised. I wish they'd make you meet family in the athletics stadium at the end where you could stand on the bank and look for people like they used to. Current system does not work. Date of review: September 21, 2011
In short: Get some starting pens! In full: I was one of the lucky ones...I managed to get myself to the front. I reckon there were about 300 people in front of me at the start and I took a minute to get over the start line. But within seconds I was bumping into walkers! And not walkers on the side of the road, but walkers right down the middle as nobody told them otherwise. I run the Great North every year - they manage to segment 50000 runners up nicely and there's no reason why they couldn't do it here. I ran a decent time yesterday, but if I was any further back I would have had no chance.
The start of the race is disorganised, the lack of toilet provision is pretty criminal (yes we know, there's no space on pavements they tell us....can't you stick some portaloos in Green Park?), the end had no meeting point for families, and the goody bag was full on RUBBISH!
Oh and how could they let the mayoress of westminster, or whoever she was, turn up 15 minutes late and keep 25000 people waiting.
Still, the scenery is good, and it's a nice flat course on the whole. It has so much potential but they manage to totally mess it up.
And what's all this about paying more to chip time? Just have it as standard. Date of review: July 12, 2011