In short: Not my cup of tea In full: First of all this is not a race but a big fun run/charity event. I knew this when I applied so I have no right to complain (but here we go anyway - sorry Asics/GB10k). I found the whole thing frustrating start to finish. Not enough toilets. 1/2 crowded waddle to the start. No staggered start = an unbelievably crowded route. People walking 4 and 5 abreast (after 2km!) in the middle of the road. Nowhere near enough water. £29.50 to enter felt too much. Positives were decent crowds all the way, lively atmosphere with mixed ability runners and it would be good fun if you are just wanting to get round for a good cause. Date of review: July 13, 2010
In short: Tough and Scenic In full: A beautiful route with a couple of pretty tough hills. Weather was blazing which made it harder. Could be improved with more water stations. T-shirt but no medal. No PB potential, but it doesn't matter - this is a lovely route with a friendly, fun atmosphere. Date of review: June 28, 2010
In short: Fast course by the seaside In full: Very flat - took 9 mins off my PB (only my second ever half). Frequent water stations very welcome. Great encouragement at the end. Sunburned without realising it. No T-shirt but a decent medal. Back home in time for the football. Would def do this again - not least for the PB potential. Date of review: June 14, 2010
In short: Great fun In full: I ran this for the first time. It's my local race so enjoyed running on home turf. Was beaten by a sprint finish from a gentleman completing his 20th consecutive Hornsey 10k - hat's off to you sir! Date of review: May 17, 2010
In short: Ow, ow, ow. In full: First 15 miles were a breeze. 16-20 were OK. 21-26 was absolutely horrific. 26-26.2 was wonderful. Lost the plot in the Mall - apologies to anyone who heard my demented screaming! Tower Bridge sent shivers all over me. Was so happy to see Big Ben. Got round in 03:49. Date of review: April 28, 2010
In short: Great prep for a first time marathoner In full: Well marshalled, clear signage, good traffic control. Sporadic water stations left me dehydrated. Support from lady @ 4 miles was amazing - kids in tow throughout were great too. Race record - Bill Adcocks 1972 - 1hr 39min? Wow.