Probably like many people I avoid first time races. This one was local so I gave it a chance. Running five miles to the race start helped avoid the traffic but I paid for that during the race.
Closed roads and a T shirt for £42, that's a bargain for London. Plenty of loos, very quick bag drop and lots of food stalls for afterwards. The closed roads caused traffic chaos on the way home but I rather that than running through traffic.
Support along the course was good in parts and will be better next year as people get used to it. Running through Wembley Stadium to the sound of a drum band was great. Marshalls very good, I got chatted up several times.
This is the sort of race to encourage local people to put down the pies and get some exercise.
I had problems with one knee caused by a falling arch on the opposite foot. A good osteopath sorted me out with a pair of customisable insoles for £40 plus 1/2 hrs consultantion fee. They cured the problem and have lasted nearly three years.
Custom built ones they normally cost around £300 including assessment.
If you live near an osteopath specialising in sports injuries it might be worth getting a second opinion.