In short: Good run - needed more water in the temperatures In full: A good event for a debut. Well organised at start and finish but better organisation needed on the route - mile markers were well off in places, water stations needed to be better organised (and more water was needed) Date of review: June 22, 2014
In short: Well organised and supported race but very busy after the finish In full: The race is always extremely well supported - a fair bit of it in the City Centre with crowds out to watch.
Overall it is well organised and the t-shirts in the bag were a nice addition this year. I've never left baggage at this race before and probably won't again - I could have done without the queue in the cold at the end. Date of review: March 2, 2014
In short: The scenery makes up for the hills In full: A hilly first 8.5 miles with the worst at about mile 3 and mile 6.5. After the top of that second one it's pretty much all downhill or flat running. The scenery is stunningly beautiful.
Impeccably organised with plenty of friendly marshals, water and a friendly announcer at the end welcoming every runner home by name. Date of review: September 16, 2013
In short: Hot, hilly, friendly In full: This is a hilly run - the first 4.5 miles are pretty much relentlessly uphill. Of course the reward afterwards is a steady descent for the next 4 miles before a nasty final mile or so.
The organisation of this race is brilliant. Friendly, efficient marshals and good facilities at the start/ end.
Today's race was made somewhat more challenging by the very hot conditions, but you can't really plan for that. Date of review: July 7, 2013
In short: Well organised run round the tourist sites of London In full: First time running this race and it was a great experience. The organisation was perfect with marshals seemingly everywhere. The course is fantastic and a sunny day brought out the best in London. Great support all the way round.
I wasn't in quite the right pen and as such spent the first few kms dodging round other runners. There are some narrow points on the course which even meant I was brought to a standstill at times. Date of review: May 28, 2013
In short: A friendly, well-organised race In full: A really friendly race - good organisation at the start / finish and all along the course. Great support, especially in the city centre. Just a pity the Don Valley Stadium won't be around next year... Date of review: May 12, 2013
In short: Potentially solid race but needs to organisation sorting out In full: This could be a solid race - nice steady course, good mix of runners, well supported especially at the end.
But as others say it really needs to step up the organisation. Notably:
- Huge queues for bag drop at start and end - No PA system at the start and no information about when we might start (we started 20 mins late) - At least 1 water station was unmanned so runners had to stop to get water out of packs themselves - I saw 1 Marshal sending runners the wrong way down a very busy main road
These organisation things should be fixable. If they do that this would be a solid race. Date of review: April 15, 2013
In short: Great organisation. Huge crowds. Appalling weather. In full: A great run - built for speed and to let crowds support you rather than for scenery. Great support all the way round and the finish in the stadium was a good motivator to keep on pushing to the line.
Oh and the weather was a bit rubbish. Date of review: March 18, 2013