In short: Great Race, Great Organisation - Crowd a bit quiet at times In full: 3rd year doing this one and seems to improve year on year. I got a wave one start position even though I was honest about my predicted time - 85mins. Stayed at the back of the wave and enjoyed a comfortabel run - too comfortable as my time was 90 mins. Still I needed to run another 10 miles in the afternoon as I'm doing the New York Marathon next month so my argument is that I was saving myself!!
The warm up was up to its usual standards - fantastic.
Visually impaired and wheelchair entrants were very motivating.
Car parking and exiting very well organised and I managed to get out on to the motorway in about 20mins - not bad.
Plenty of water available throughout but I agree that some of the mile markers were "hidden" or maybe had been pinched overnight.
Overall a great event. Date of review: October 9, 2005
In short: A fantastic atmosphere but too many people walking in a group righ from the start. In full: A really great day and well organised given the numbers taking part. Something definitely needs to be done to segregate those treating it as a sponsored walk or who need to take regular breaks from running. A separate lane seems like a good idea. I'm not the fastest runner but I knew when I completed the first mile in 10.5 minutes that it was going to be slow even for me. There also seemed to be a lot of people who hadn't prepared and needed first aid. Having said all that the atmosphere produced by the runners, spectators and the bands was the best I've experienced. Date of review: October 9, 2004