In short: A few problems but who cares. In full: As one who isn't the fastest person on Earth I didn't have much problems at the start. The March from Millenium Square to the start was quite pleasant and i got chatting to another single, nervous runner. Once started I didn't encounter any problems apart from people who like to walk three or four abreast and don't think of those trying to get past. The distance markers would have been more visible had they been a bit higher (there were a couple I didn't see at all). The water stations still had plenty of bottles when I got to them and the volunteers were hard pressed trying to give them out to the gasping runners. My only gripe was actually at the finish. You crossed the finish line turned left towards Millenium Square and got stuck in a human traffic jam. There was no room to stretch so I got a bit of cramp in my legs.
It's worth doing the run for the support and atmosphere alone. Jane was an amazing inspiration. Date of review: July 22, 2013
In short: Few problems as far as I was concerned In full: I've done this run each year as I was so inspired by Jane herself. Most of the problems I have encountered in previous years were ironed out but can see there might have been problems for faster runners.
I arrived just after 8.30 but saw no warm ups. Didn't hear them telling people to start in order of runners, joggers, walkers and couldn't hear anything else that was being said from the stage.
There were a couple of bottle necks in the town centre which was slightly frustrating as we could see some runners on the other side of the road going a lot faster.
There was plenty of gatorade and water around at the start, during and after. My main gripe (as it has been each year) is why does the Gatorade just after the halfway point come in cups and not bottles? No one can drink it and run. I put mine into my empty bottle as I had anticiapted this problem.
Put this into the context of why people were there and the organisation it takes and there isn't a lot to complain about. Date of review: July 4, 2010
In short: The atmosphere makes up for the lack of scenery. In full: I's a lovely race for the atmosphere. The things that puzzle me are why the Gatorade is in cups at the halfway point and why the drinks, chocs and t-shirts aren't in the bags already when you pick them up. Apart from that small gripe everything else for me went like clockwork. Good support and the band is a nice touch. Date of review: June 21, 2009
In short: Has flaws but still really enjoyable. In full: Better start arrangements this year. After the finish it was chaotic as there was no real queue to get your goody bag/t-shirt or hand in your chip. Had to ask where to go for things. Gatorade in cups during the run was not a good idea. No markers seen until the 5km marker. Probably being picky as still thoroughly enjoyed the run and atmosphere. Date of review: June 22, 2008
In short: You can't beat the atmosphere In full: Despite the crowds you cannot beat the atmosphere.
Didn't like the new starting pens. Okay I'm not a fast runner so I have tried to be in a responsible starting spot in previous years. This year it took 50 minutes just to get to the start line! Why isn't it drummed into people that if they are going to walk to pull into the edge. I turned my foot over on a discarded bottle as I was trying to get between two groups of walkers. The support is absolutely brilliant, people along the way were giving out so many goodies and shouting support. Loved it! Date of review: October 2, 2006