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
In short: Not many races in such busy conditions In full: Those that found this hilly are either unfit or have never run a proper hilly race. Undulating at best. Very good race considering its location. Organisation was good, but with a course like this, twice the number of marshals are needed to make up for the deficits of traffic and location. Some of the marshals were standing around talking to their mates (8-9 miles and at the recycling plant when we could have used the help). Others were doing a very good job, but needed the extra help. Date of review: March 1, 2009