In short: Messy In full: 2500 runners and 30 toilets - bad ratio. 20 minute queue in the drizzle is not good preparation. Really messy start. Very congested, too many people squeezed onto the tow pah for the 1st lap. Horrible second lap around the park. Felt like the loops and switch backs were all about ensuring the distance rather than an enjoyable event. Impressive medal, OK shirt, good effort by the choir. Thanks for the fruit and flapjack. Date of review: March 30, 2015
In short: excellent - even better than last time In full: Well done to Clare and Patrick for staging another great event which,I'm sure, was enjoyed by all that took part. Thanks for everyone that marshaled and helped to ensure that all the runners and supporters were taken care off. Date of review: February 23, 2014
In short: OK race, but as of 1 day later I can't find the results & is that the worst T shirt ever? In full: 450 plus runners, mostly men - only 3 cubicle toilets. The queue for the ladies looked very long. I doubt many got to warm up. The race set off on time and there was encouragement at a few places on the way round. Marshals in the right places and a water station which we passed 3 times. A few of the mile markers seemed a bit out. It is difficult to like this course. The setting should make it interesting but it is dull.No natural hills but some testing short rises. The finish is the best part. A decent crowd making noise and the commentator to welcome the runners back. Water and beer - nice. BUT the T shirt....horrible colours (blue or pink) and an inept design. It wins the prize as the worst T shirt I have been given (and I have run over 170 races). Date of review: June 8, 2013
In short: Good idea..poor implementation In full: From the outset this event gave the impression of being high on ambition and short of resource. It was an age before the course details were announced then there was confusion over the start time and a late announcement that there would be no mailing out of race packs.
On the day there seemed to be quite a gap between what had been promised and what was delivered.
Apart from the city centre it was not clear that any roads had been closed. If they had then a lot of drivers hadn’t been told or had ignored closure signs. The water stops were not as frequent as had been stated. There was a long stretch ending at the turn point on the bridge where the only water available was from discarded bottles (and I was in a bunch in places 150-200). At other times the gaps between water seemed over long and at other times very close.
The course through the industrial area was on very uneven surfaces which caused a few runners around me, and including me, problems, this got worse when we hit the cobbles near the Marina. Who thought running on cobbles after 18/19 miles was a good idea?
The lack of marshals at points from about 15 miles was a concern. This caused a number of runners to run short races and lead to confusion as to the winner of the woman’s race. The out and back path by the river was plain daft. It was too narrow, had too many sharp turns and a strange spiral step up which was really difficult at the stage in the race when all you wanted was to hold a steady pace.
I am sure that we were promised mile markers. The only one that anyone claims to have seen was at 13 miles.
The spectators that were there were loud and supportive but for a big City event there just were not many people about.
The organisation at the end was poor in comparison with most local club runs. Usually the drinks table is set away from the finish area and spectators and you are directed to it. Here we were given our (good) medal and t-shirt and had to find our way to the plastic cups, I spotted the Mars bar box but no one was handing them out…I hear there were other drinks but didn’t see them.
The start was also a bit odd. There was no atmosphere created by a PA welcome/music just a loud bang and we were off. And 2 portable toilets! 2! Yes I know there were some in City Hall and some under the statue but there weren’t anywhere near enough at the start.
On the good side:
They did set up a number collection point on the day before (announced very late…mailing out is a better option)
The baggage drop and changing facility at City Hall was useful and well organised
Decent medal/t shirt
Good course up until the entrance into Pearson Park (although the run into West Park could have been made very special if we had run around the inside of the KC)
The Humber Bridge section
The event provided a positive, healthy, image for a City that usually, and unfairly, attracts negative stories.