In short: A shambles from beginning to end In full: A lot of runners will see an event like Run to the Beat as their first time once a year big race, but with organisation and travel chaos like I've just experienced they are unlikely to want to make the race experience a repeat one. Tube closures wrought havoc (the start was delayed)while runners were not helped by piss poor stewarding and an amateur approach to event coordination. The event was dealt a bad hand with the Jubilee Line being down, but that shouldn't let the organisers off the hook for an event that was absolutely shoddy. It took 35 minutes to get past the start line, 30 minutes to pick up my bag, there was no goody bag and the music was shite.
The cost of the ticket was criminal, and for the money spent by 17,000 runners surely a contingency should have been in place for the tube being down - it does happen sometimes in London you know. WILL NEVER DO THIS RACE EVER AGAIN!!! Date of review: September 26, 2010
In short: You often hear things described as 'once in a lifetime'... in the case of this race, believe the hype. In full: What an incredible day! This was my first marathon and I'd never even been down to support previously, so I had no preparation for the emotional sledgehammer I experienced running this race. The first half was a breeze, the second a nightmare (OK, I started too quickly) but when I finished I experienced a state that I've never felt before and don't think I ever will again - pain, pride, exhaustion, euphoria, and the rest.
In short: Lovely little race with plenty to enjoy In full: Yes, there were a couple of quibbles - the first water station wasn't till mile 5 and was a bit disorganised, the bag storage system was a little amateur, and there was a bit of a 'Dads Army' feel to it overall - but overall this was a smashing race. Other racers were friendly, the course was challenging and gorgeous, and the support was excellent. I'd definitely recommend it to a friend. Date of review: March 2, 2008
In short: I thought it was a 10 mile race not a Half! In full: I found the HQ fine, and the facilities were really good and well managed - the problem for me was the 1.5 mile walk to the start, and even worse the walk back from the finish. I don't know why the club couldn't have arranged the circuit to come in closer to the HQ. on the positive, some of the countryside was good although we were isolated from any support, the T-shirts are great and although I missed the chocolate cake my coffee and walnut cake was excellent. Date of review: November 19, 2007
In short: Lovely seaside run almost spoilt by basic organisation mistakes In full: I really enjoyed this run - it was my first for a while - and the route along the sea front in Southend was great, as was the weather. There were plenty of locals out cheering, and other runners were very positive.
However, although the people helping out were very friendly, there were some real organisational let-downs. There were no signs for the race coming into Southend, nor signs for parking nearer the race venue. There were no changing or shower facilities, and even more shockingly no locker facilities. I had to leave my bag with my wallet, car keys and phone in the football club house.
I'll do this race again, but a definite word to the wise race organisers - sort yourselves out! Date of review: October 8, 2007
In short: Glorious December morning with testing country run In full: Really enjoyed this one, running along the back lanes in beautiful December morning sunshine was really what its all about, was great seeing such a big turnout from both runners and spectators alike. Organisation was fantastic, and I knocked 6 mins off my PB - but that hill at the end was just plain cruel! Date of review: December 13, 2005
In short: Felt a bit apprehensive before arriving, but the match - day atmosphere was great. Now looking forward to many more half marathons, and coming back here next year. Date of review: September 12, 2005