In short: Well organised but shockingly expensive In full: The bridge-affar was well handled, so well done to the organisers who had to make a difficult decision with very little time. The situation was explained clearly and as soon as they could.
However, that does not have anything to do with charging up-to £28 for a 10k. That was virtually daylight robbery, whether for charity or not. The t-shirt and medal in the goody bag didn't cost much and the 80p worth of chocolate was poor. Date of review: May 19, 2013
In short: Good race, it'll get better with age! In full: Generally a good race, and it has the potential to be great! marshals were mostly helpful and supportive, though hired security guys knew nothing. Water stations were all very good, well laid out and spread out. As a visitor to the city I would have liked signs saying where to park (having entered late there were no "VIP" parking slots left; it took me 1/2 hour to find my way around! I was also caught out slightly by dozens of unmentioned underpass "hills" - nothing much, but combined they really affected my stride! T-shirt "for sale" (£15) is excellent, the free finisher's t-shirt was a surprise, and pretty good for a cotton one. Way too large though, does one size really fit all?! The preparation for the start and finish in the football stadium was good, I'm sure football fans felt it meant more! Great support in the last 400 yards! Date of review: May 6, 2013
In short: Great local race In full: I didn't see any organisational faults, though I heard of some; great crowds, few marshalls (though the ones I saw were great!). I hate the course, but accept it's fair enough, and having taken 2 mins off my PB I can't really complain! Date of review: April 9, 2013
In short: Good time trial sort of race In full: well organised with very friendly, supportive and efficient marshalls. Goody bag wasn't quite goody (a cereal bar, banana, bird food, massage gel and some leaflets) but the t-shirt is excellent. Date of review: February 25, 2013
In short: Excellent challenging race, good organisation In full: limited facilities mean showering back at home but otherwise good; lovely cafe, good tshirt! just needs chip timing! Date of review: January 27, 2013
In short: Great Race In full: Not much to say - very popular local race, generally well organised, medal and t-shirt available at the finish; well supported by marshalls and spectators. Thanks to all! Date of review: June 11, 2012
In short: Magnificent In full: Well done Mr Bedford and Sir Richard, another great race and worldwide sporting spectacle. I won't wax lyrical too much because everyone pretty well knows how special the VLM is already! Must note how good the t-shirt is this year though - I think I'll wear it to the Olympicas later this year! Date of review: April 23, 2012