In short: Weather made it one to remember. In full: Living in Essex (dryest place in UK) means never get hardcore weather to run in. So rain and wind today made it challenging and special as it up the hardcore factor.
Well done everyone and see you out there. Date of review: February 28, 2010
In short: Lots of weather... In full: Great race, lots of mud & puddles, bit tougher than we though it would be. Nice to see some hail, thunder & lightening. Not what we expected, but the organisers do the GRIM series as well...
Only downside was queue for mugs & t-shirt. Got very cold very quickly. Medals are quicker to handout. Date of review: November 22, 2009
In short: London in a new light In full: Did this race quite blase' about running around the sights having seen them and lived in London for 14+ years. Then did the race and that sense of woner about the Smoke came back.
Race was brilliant, getting empty goody bag and all goodies having been scoffed by sponging bluddy tourists was not. Surely should've been race numbers only for the scran!!!
Would I do it again. Not likely. Cost a lot, and there's a lot more races to be run...
In short: A nice local race In full: First 5k for wife & myself, cracked the 30 minute mark and had a nice run out. Medal & water at the finish; sandwiches, coffee & biscuits once we got our breath back. Everyone very friendly. Date of review: September 29, 2009
In short: A nice day out in Essex In full: A nice race with some excitement at the crossover (spectator wandered into path of 2nd place runner, 3rd place runner misdirected left instead of right... blimey!!)
A bit hot and should've had a bit more fuel on board, BUT enjoyed it and did the hour-ish as expected.
Thanks to all involved organising it. Date of review: July 6, 2009
In short: Turned out nice! In full: Shame the country fair was cancelled, but the rain 3 hours before made us think the race would be cancelled as well!
We needed have worried, the weather was good and the course didn't suffer. A nice turnout from club to fun runners and a nice medal & bag at the end. Course was a bit long compared to the Garmin, but no point moaning about extra running. That's what we were there for.
In short: A nice first HM In full: A nice, well organized race for our first Malf Marathon. Lots of water, lots of signs, lots of marshalls.
Runners were all on left and right and group of cyclists didn't know where to go!!! A family watching the race and blocking the whole pavement!! 4x4 drives past slowly cheering us on, then accelerates off in a cloud of black smoke... cough! Downwards slope towards the end was a bit hairaising!
It did all go a bit pear shaped back in town at the end, but 2:09 did say the marshalls would be standing down after 2h 20m.
There've been some complaints about queues for chips, we got there an hour before, why doesn't everyone else?
BUT no complaints from us.
Wouldn't do it again in a hurry as there's only so many races you can do in a year and there's 100's out there. Nice way to see town and a bit of countryside.
Ian & Caroline, Romford. Date of review: May 12, 2009
In short: Nice race - shame about bottleneck. In full: A nice local race, train to Stratford an hour beforehand, walked around shopping centre to keep out of cold, no problems with baggage, freezing while waiting for start, nice to hear Tessa and Michael Watson. Once race started weather weent nice and only issue was bottle neck. Eveyone we overtook, pushed in so we had to overtake them again! Maybe resolved for next year.
Excellent pack, t-shirts TOO BIG!!! I pushed wife towards Tessa who gave her a medal!! Wow!! Date of review: May 7, 2009