In short: The famous "Stop-Start" 10K of London. In full: Well over a fifth of this race consists of slowing down / speeding up / weaving all over the place trying to get past other runners. I say runners - some were actually walking. Now that's fine but START NEAR THE BACK!!!. I can't believe no one got tripped up / pushed / had an accident. It's really that bad. Unsupervised spectators were piling out onto the pavement round Trafalgar Square giving us a tiny lane to get clogged up through. You don't notice half the London scenery. You're too busy trying not to trip over anybody.
Plus - charging extra for a timing chip really rankles. No one else does this. A timing chip is part of a 10K. It's like charging extra for water.
And the goody bag's utterly miserly compared to other races.
Baggage worked fine though, and running through London with 25,000 other people is too good a feeling not to begrudgingly turn up to again next year. Trouble is you feel the organisers know this, so wont ever bother introducing staggered start / timing chip / decent goody bag.
Once again the BUPA London 10K beats the Asics London 10K on just about every count. Date of review: July 11, 2010
In short: NICE!!! In full: Lovely woody, trail paths to run along. Cows on one side, dog walkers on the other. Twisty, windy, undulating course upped the offroad feel (excellently signposted / marshalled) All Kilometers marked. Small stretch looking out over valley - beautiful. Only a few hundred people meant a nice and friendly vibe. Great goody bag. Plus you get your name announced on the PA as you cross the finish line! Nice touch! Havn't done any smaller / out of town runs like this before. Will def do more. Date of review: June 21, 2010
In short: Don't shoot me, but I had a great time! In full: It probably helped that I didn't need to park, didn't need the toilet, didn't drop off a bag, wasn't going for a PB, and didn't have to queue to get over the finish line, but... I enjoyed it! Am I the only one? Sure the lanes were crowded, but I love the whole "runners taking over the streets thing". That's half the fun of these road races, no?
Having said that... if I'd had to queue to get over the finish line I'd have gone ballistic at any marshall within bellowing distance, and right now would be contacting the organisers and demanding my money back. That's appalling for those it happened to.
And a "help yourself" bag drop? Unforgivable.
Oh, and a goody bag would have been nice - how come all other races seem to have one? (Though at least we got a medal - unlike last year...)