In short: Good solid race - more an intro to running than hard core In full: Organisation OK apart from weird over complicated baggage system that had 20 minute queues 30 mins before the race started.
Lots of freebiews before hand but slightly sparse after (bag, water and wooden medal)
Course of two halfs - well first 6 miles on roads around westminster/embankment etc. then into parks. Parks themselves were OK although route weaved around a bit and wasnt easy to work out where in race you were.
early pace markers out but later ones OK.
lots of friendly marshalls. Course largely flat. Date of review: October 11, 2009
In short: Marathon : Well organised, largely flat, bit soulless second half In full: I liked this race, organisation was spot on, very smooth, big athletes village. Great marshalling and lots of water stops with water, locozade and even gels at many especially in second half.
First half of course is definitely the better half and is run alongside th half marathon so quite a lot of people. But after first half miles or so found plenty of running space and no problems after that. Few "hills" in first ten miles, if you can call them that but flat after that.
Race loses a bit of appeal after the half marathon runners split off. Crowds naturally die down and it can be quite quiet for long stretches. Running around rowing lake is a bit pot luck depending on wind. Not a fan of from about 24.5 to 25.5 where you seem to be running away from finish in a deserted part of town.
Would recommend race for newbies and experienced runners alike and great for those groups who want to mix halfs and fulls in same race. Date of review: September 13, 2009
In short: Smooth, fast and sea views all the way In full: This is the second year this race has been run along the seafront and very glad to say they ironed out all the teething problems from last year. Everything very smooth and professional.
Slightly changed start and finish route which helped, but bulk of course was two out and back loops of seafront. Slightly hard work to keep motivation going but you knew what was coming.
Course was totally flat, which offers great PB potential as long a weather is kind - today was bit warm. But organisers had plenty of water stations each with both water and sponges - well done.
Reasonable levels of support - and only advantages of loops was that your supporters if positioned well could see you four times.
Only a medal at end - but at £12 what do you expect? Mostly closed roads too and great marshaling.
Well worth sticking on your running calendar. Date of review: June 14, 2009
In short: Very smooth, very slick, a little too much? In full: Second year for me too and will be back again next year as this is a very well organised, flat mass participation race. As others have said the guys who run the London Marathon organise it so it goes like clockwork
Great course that sees many of the London sights
Only issue with it is that if anything its a little too slick, too corporate to be an all time favourite. Its hard to put finger on it but its just too organised? Date of review: May 25, 2009
In short: Good friendly run, small field, few twists to make PB hard In full: Well organised and very good value local run for SE Essex, both a family friendly 5km and a 10km which is two laps of the 5km course.
Course is on pavements with no road closures but this didnt seem to present any real problems. First half of the circuit is gently downhill and second half uphill.
Couple of tight turns and one bike gate to negotiate (bringing you to a near stop) which makes a PB difficult (along with smaller field so less chance of being pulled along )
But a good workout and well done to the friendly marshalls. Date of review: July 14, 2008
In short: Nice new course, no real problems, potentially fast course In full: Liked the new course (well for a two lap effort) but couldnt undertsand mix up over lead car cutting back - guess it was an idle moment of madness that resulted in runners running figure of 8 and having to cross.
But that aside very well organised. Good value although only medal at end. Lots and lots of water, sponged etc. Very helpful and friendly marshalls and bigger crowds than on old course.
Definietly whould be on your early summer programme and can see this going from strength to strength Date of review: June 8, 2008