In short: Organising a marathon in Stevenage deserves some credit In full: Well done FVS for organising a marathon and half marathon in Stevenage. The course is rather tougher than I expected and not the most scenic, but at least the race was traffic free.
A few points to help. The start was chaotic. I think there were announcements from somebody shouting, but some form of amplification is required. I didn't hear anybody at the HQ urging runners to go to the start.
HQ - the doors to the sports hall should be wedged open and so to the doors to the outside if allowed)
The signage was amateurish. Signs that point to HQ the start and even those at the start held up by marshals to put runners in appropriate time slots were A4. I didn't know my way back to HQ from the finish as there were no directions (a bit disorientated after a marathon). Signs need to be bigger and professionally made and put up from a runners viewpoint and not be laminated A4.
Some of the marshals were a bit dozy and had left their marshalling point for those of us running the marathon. Some had walked through the underpass to chat with their mates and expected me to know the way. But fair dos to the marshals for standing around in the rain for hours and hours. I thought they were exceptional, especially those that pointed the way clearly. Date of review: November 3, 2014
In short: Great event, but no vet prizes In full: All very well organised, but at a steep price. Why no vet prizes for the different categories? They might get a better depth of field if they offered more in this respect. Date of review: October 10, 2014
In short: Great Race in urban landscape In full: It's difficult to put these races on in London or just outside as Grays is, but the race went very well. The race only has a small field, which I think is probably down to the August Bank Holiday date, but it's well worth the trip anyway. Date of review: August 25, 2014
In short: Worst race ever In full: Set up for beginners, but they suffered most in the bottlenecks. Luckliy I had a free place, but I think only mugs and new runners who know the value of nothing would enter such a race. Sheesh. Date of review: September 12, 2013
In short: Shambles In full: Congested start, dangerous finish and marshals didn't know what was happening. What's happened to the results? A money making exercise for the Rotary Club. Let a running club organise it. Avoid. Date of review: July 4, 2013
In short: Pre and post race disorganised, but race itself was good In full: It took me over an hour from the A12 slip road to park up and so I had little time to prepare and there were more behind. No bag drop, so extra panic. No water before the start available and the queues for loos at 8:55 were alarming, especially for the ladies. Portaloos next time or open some more in the stadium.
Race was OK and almost traffic free. Some marshals in wrong place and some just having a chat, but overall they were good.
Goody bags weren't stuffed with all the goodies, except a few leaflets, so I had to make a few extra trips and still didn't get them all. A bottle of water is a must as going back for water on the table was difficult as it was in the wrong place.
Took ages to get out of the car park afterwards. Date of review: March 18, 2013
In short: Excellent organisation In full: Very slick and obviously a great effort from the club to make it so. The marshals knew their job and actually pointed us in the direction to go and managed the traffic superbly. That's a bit more important than clapping runners. The organisation was worth the entry fee alone, but the tshirt, medal and goodies were welcome. Date of review: April 4, 2011
In short: Excellent efficiency and a good course In full: The start could do with sorting into faster at front etc. There was no proper funnel which thus made it hard for the number takers to write down all the numbers when many runners finished together. Minor points as it was a very, very good event Date of review: October 12, 2009