In short: At last organisers that give you a t-shirt you can actuatually use for something other than painting in! In full: I am not Stoke's biggest fan but I have to say that the race was really well organised and really well supported. I would certainly recommend it if you are in the area but don't expect a PB - you won't make up as much time on the down hills as the up hills take out of you. I was hoping to beat my PB of 1:40 but only managed a 1:51. Hot day and a hilly course! Date of review: June 9, 2013
In short: Sadly it's in Blackpool In full: Didn't experience any of the issues at the start. I was near the front so maybe things were clearer. Well marshalled and good water stops. Could have done with more first aid people. I did see a couple cycling with the runners but what's the point as most people will miss you. They could certainly use one or two toilets (feel sorry for any women) but not sure the locals noticed blokes up against walls as it's what all the drunks were doing the night before. The atmosphere on the course was terrible. Almost zero support and some very unfriendly groups of stag and hen dos. Any other town would have used this as a big event and made something of it. I thought Blackpool might make a big show of it but no. This is not a criticism of the race organisers just the town. Was sorry to read the review by Hayley. Can't imagine how unpleasant it must have been to be running at that time when most the runners had crossed the finish. The disregard from the public was bad enough when there was a whole field of us. I would do it again if only it wasn't in Blackpool - worse town in Britain? Date of review: April 10, 2013
In short: A good run through the capital In full: This is a good race and well organised. The only thing that disappointed me was the lack of support along many stretches of the route. The first and last 2000m were pretty good and the bands were great! Date of review: June 1, 2010
In short: Wet and windy In full: Thankfully I managed to skip around all of the issues that everyone else seemed to have. I had a personal baggage handler in my girlfriend and a personal mile marker in my GPS so I didn't even notice these issues. As per every race ever there was a lack of toilets. I can't think of one big race I have done where this hasn't been an issue. I also couldn't work out where I should have been for my predicted finishing time. Clearly the slower people I had to weave in and out of didn't know either. The race also had the same issues as the Brooks 10K on The stretch of Madiera Drive where you had the hairpin turn before heading to the finish line. There was nothing to separate the runners going in opposite directions. Common sense would dictate that you stay on your side of the road with the white lines as a guide. This dictatorial common sense was lacking and I had to dodge runners that were running towards the marina as they crowded over to our side of the road. Some fencing, cones or a marshal or two might have helped. The space blankets were a must and were very welcome and it's always nice to get a medal (even if it is pretty generic).
Other than this the weather was terrible but Brighton is always a great city to be in! I would do it again just for the excuse to go to Brighton. Date of review: February 24, 2010
In short: Average race but reasonable value. In full: There is nothing to scream and shout about with this race but I would say that's a good thing. They could do with a few changes. Ensuring that all runners keep in lane and don't run into the faster runners running towards them. I wasn't particularly fast but after the first turn I was facing slower runners running towards me in the wrong lane and it slowed me down.
The queue for the toilets meant that many people were late to the start, me included. I then had to queue to get into my pace group most of whom I overtook in the first 500m. I wish people would be more honest about their abilities to save me weaving in and out of them on the way. I was out by 1 minute and I put this down to the weaving!
They could also do with a better medal or just not bother.
I saw at least two water stations. The clue was the plastic cups on the ground.
Brighton's a great city so I will always be happy to race there. Date of review: November 16, 2009
In short: Good idea but areas for improvement! In full: This was a good race with quite nice surroundings for the area of London. There were some things that could be improved though. The start should be moved to where the finish was. The start was too narrow and I almost took my head off on a telegraph pole support cable along with many others I'm sure. I'm also not sure what the point in chip timing is if it only marks the time you cross the line. I assume it saves someone a job and for the price I paid I'm not going to argue. There were no signposts for the toilets and the women were made to use men's toilets with broken cubicles. It would have been better to swap the men and women around so that the women could use the changing room where all the cubicles were working. By the time my girlfriend got out I needed to go again! I never really bring bags and things so I'm not sure if there were problems in that area. I will do this race again. It was great value for money and the organisers had really put effort into the entertainment and finish line area. Date of review: September 14, 2009
In short: Too hot! In full: This was a good race but the timing of is unfortunate. I have never done a half in these sort of temperatures and I have never run do slow. If it was run in Spring or Autumn I might come back.
The organisation was good and the atmosphere friendly. The flat conditions give plenty of PB potential but if it is hot like it was this year that might put pay to many runners. This is the cheapest half marathon I have run and the organisers gave amazing value for money! Date of review: June 15, 2009