In short: Too many people - not as good as made out to be In full: At 25,000 plus I feel there were too many people for the distance. There were a lot of walkers even after the 3km which slowed down the race a lot. Atmosphere was good due to large amounts of people. The race was advertised as taking in many of London's famous landmarks but to be frank quite a lot of this run was running in and out of the tunnels around Queen Victoria Street - not terribly scenic. Water points were good as it was a hot day. Could have done without the load speakers blaring out 'god save the queen' and 'we are the champions' - where's the originality in that? How about getting some local bands to perform live at key points along the route. The entry fee was quite steep. I think I'll check out the BUPA run next time.
In short: only 9.7km on half a cup of water In full: My GPS watch showed 9.7 km at the finish. All the dodging and puddle jumping should have addded at least 100 metres so there was somethimg wrong with the race distance. The only water point during the race was at the 5km marker and they were giving out plactic cups (you know the mini ones from the office water cooler). Mine was half full. What's wrong with giving out the .33cl bottles like on the London Ascics 10k. Maybe they didn't want the empty bottle litter but they had that at the finish line (where they gave out 500 ml bottles). On the plus side the final leg through the palace inner grounds was great. In summary - a run for a worthwhile cause but lacking the fundamentals of a good race. I'll skip it next time. Date of review: October 3, 2010