In short: Whine, whine,whine, do people actually read the instructions? In full: I am really amazed at the amount of bad vibe this race gets.
Almost every single complaint I have read here is addressed in the booklet that one receives with the race pack:
- You are told where you will get your medal. It is fair enough to expect stewards should know this, but why participants don't know it?
- You are told how the baggage works, you get maps that show exactly where to leave your bag, and you are shown the route you are supposed to follow to the start. Central London presents some obvious logistics problems, so walking a relatively long distance to the start is part of the price to pay for running in Central London (and this is, again, mentioned in the booklet).
- All those uppity people whining about not making a PB frankly are pathetic. This is a mass participation sport, the objectives are to promote running and London, not to facilitate a few pedants with an easy course. And you are told that there is no start according to predicted times, which to any reasonable person would mean that this isn't a race where you will make a PB.
- People complaining about starting their race 10, 15 or 20 minutes later than the announced time: stick to village runs, this is one of the biggest races there is and obviously it isn't possible to ensure an immediate start as soon as the gun goes off.
And so on and so forth.
There is of course some justified criticism:
- The race should scrupulously start at the advertised time. No speeches, songs or nonsense after 9:35. It isn't fair to the runners, specially because we have to stand for a long while before getting going.
- There should be toilets in the start area, people just use the bushes in Green Park which is most unfortunate.
- Walkers and very slow runners should either be segregated or marshalled more firmly: people are told where to be in the road if they are slow but , again, people aren't reading the manual.
- I am sure water provisioning could be better. in such a hot day the lack of water could cause an incident.
In synthesis the race is an excellent celebration of London and running, the organizers certainly need to improve the logistics, but participants have a responsibility to read the instructions they are given.