In short: Lovely scenery, enjoyable run...but very hot!! In full: I was hoping the weather would be a little cooler for this one, but it seems this was one of the hottest days of the year so far!! Nevertheless, I really enjoyed myself and got a fairly decent time. My only gripes would be firstly, the mildly chaotic water stations - I didn't manage to grab any at the first as it appeared to be crowded by young kids and scouts (who weren't even helping by offering cups to passing runners!)and secondly, the rather disappointing water bottle at the finish line. Even a t-shirt would've been a more rewarding memento of the event. Date of review: May 13, 2008
In short: Pleasant course, but deceptive inclines!! In full: I would've enjoyed this more had I not been recovering from a cold, but a very pleasant Finsbury Park and the beautiful, bright Spring weather cheered me up even if the inclines didn't! Somehow I managed to do a lot better than I felt I had, although timings shown later on the website appeared to be about 30 seconds slower than I had timed myself.(I did start a little further back and without chip timing I guess it can't be exactly accurate, but still...:-)) A couple of gripes I did have was the lack of signposting; the start line wasn't easy to locate due to being marked on the tarmac as a thin orange line, and although I did eventually find my freebie t-shirt afterwards, the collection point wasn't particularly clear. Also, the brief before the race would have been far clearer had a megaphone been used as, apart from those at the very front, no one could hear a word. Luckily, this was a simple course, but I imagine some beginners might have appreciated knowing what was going on! Overall, a nice race that I would probably do again.