In short: Friendly run but a very urban route with little to see, lots of side roads to cross In full: All seemed quite well-organised. There was no one marshalling at a key turn at mile 12, but I pointed this out to the team and they sent out replacement marshals straight away. It was a fairly dull route, despite a couple of pleasant sections alongside (but not in) Epping Forest. There are a lot of well-marshalled road crossings plus more alarmingly you have to cross a great number of side roads. Generally flat with one monster hill after mile 11. Lots of friendly water stops. Fancy t-shirt in the goodie bag. Date of review: April 8, 2013
In short: Great route but extremely poorly marshalled in places In full: We did this as a relay team, looking forward to the splendid scenery on the South Downs Way, which did not disappoint. The organisation was good at the start, but went rapidly downhill after that. At checkpoint 2, cars that were leaving were getting in the way of the runners and marshalling for crossing the road was vague. Checkpoint 3 wasn't signposted and the car park was full, with no marshal. Runners were crossing the road without a marshal. At the end point, runners, some clearly exhausted from the full marathon, were crossing a busy car park without a marshal. Considering this is a commercially run event, this is shockingly bad organisation and it was positively dangerous at points. Date of review: June 14, 2010
In short: Fast route but more a fund-raiser than a race In full: The pros: this is a great race for a new runner - they have a welcoming atmosphere and an entertaining mass warm-up rather in the mould of a Japanese corporate event. In good weather it's lovely to be running along sea front. And it's flat - so I managed a pb, hoorah.
The cons: The route involves one loop that you do twice. They do not have space to take bags - and they don't mention this in the literature they send out and you really have to search on their website to find this out. They don't seem to do any official times. Date of review: October 28, 2008
In short: Huge and frustrating run, certainly not a race. Don't do it. In full: The enormous crowds meant finding a loo was virtually impossible. We spent around 20 minutes walking to the start line after the official start because of the size of the crowd. The vast number of people meant there were bottles littering the roadway - including in a dark tunnel - which made it hazardous. On the other hand, the London skyline was magnificent and running along Whitehall at the end is a thrill. Date of review: May 20, 2007