In short: great half marathon In full: 2nd time running this and whole event was superb. great organisation/marshalling, huge turnout by public, the hills 'were' steeper than last year, hence failed to beat PB, I must eat less pork pies prior to next years race i will be back!! Date of review: February 27, 2012
In short: good 10k In full: good race again. the carparking this year was a breeze, no waiting at all, well organised race village, plenty of toilets and drinks to be had from vendors, the course markers were either hidden or not there, were there fewer runners this year? and in particularly far less female runners, was that why the start was combined?? the warmup with 6 children was the funniest 10mins of the morning, children had a great 2k fun run and their quality medal was great.
The use of 500ml bottles of water and gatorade for a 10k needs to be stopped. its an obscene waste!!! when you only have 2 sips.
from the start to the finish the organisation was very slick. the tee shirt was quality addidas climalite, although 'shrek' green isn't my fav colour.
the medal was quality, the goody bag was the poorest yet after 3 very good years. 'lenor?' 'flaxseed mix?' 'twix' '2 smints!!' and a hundred offers for other goods that you can't buy as the shops don't open until 11am back home for brunch by 10:15 having spent no money at Bluewater ''result'' will do the race again as smashed my pb by 3mins Date of review: June 6, 2011
In short: worth considering In full: negatives first, you should always finish on a positive- arrived very early, access into the town appeared to be a nightmare some 30-35 mins before the start. train station parking hence was fine if you got there early, forget parking in the industrial estate, exit out of this appeared not to be happening even after 2.5 hrs after the start not enough toilets, 5mins before the start queues were still 20 deep, the mens urinals accomodated just 6 at a time!! finish time boards were very late in being put out, saw a board saying 1:40 - 2:00hrs, what a spread of times!!!! no pacers present didn't hear a gun or whistle for the start. saw plenty of cyclists weaving there way through parts of the race, did they not read the press or see the signs!!! this was a runners day out!!! find somewhere else to cycle for the day saw marshalls abused by various car drivers, absolutely appalling behaviour, one young girls was in floods of tears, these people put themselves out for us for god sake!! runners finishing after about 2.30 were having to run on paths round pedestrians and finished runners, police that i saw had precious little control coming back to the industrial estate, these finishers are the people they need to protect the most!!! first aiders were great - saw a lady having a seizure on the back roads, appeared to be well looked after - hope she survived. finishing mile didn't flow.
positives - great pb potential great scenery after you get out of town great marshalls taking lots of abuse!!! great support-the elm tree pub needs particular mention nice medal goody bag left a bit to be desired, (after waiting ages for it), crisps, chocolate bar and a face cream thingy - yummmy not. all in a good experience. prefer Tun. Wells.
In short: first half marathon, great atmosphere, great local support, well marshalled, lots of water stations, GU gel station and complimentary jelly beans!!!, plenty of well organised parking, lovely medal and goody bag, will run it again in 2012 Date of review: February 28, 2011
In full: 2nd time running the 10k, 2nd time my family have run the 2k event, complaints first however. access by car into Bluewater was appalling this year, all routes throttled down to 1 lane!!!, plenty of people missed the start, must do much better next year!! the start position was moved back this year so creating a huge bottle neck for the runners at the rear, must move the start forward to 2008's location.!!! saw plenty of runners being sick and a few fainted souls, unfortunately also saw the St Johns brigade sitting down taking in the sun whilst these poor souls were being ill not more than a few feet away.
good points. the weather was great for the 2k event, not so for us 10k runners (8.30am and 23*C!!!) the water stations were well manned, support along the route was good for such an early start, the traffic free route is great, the hill up the side of the bridge and onto London Road is a killer!! the rest of the undulating route saps your strength, however the fact that we had 3 families running the 10k and 2k events is testiment to the great fun that this event holds, i'd suggest we'll all be back next year. the kids also love the medals and the 10k goody bag is great as well. congratulations to all at sweatshop for another great bluewater 10k congratulations to the Dudsons and Caies
lets hope the chap in the 'Mankini' doesnt run in it again next year, your *rse cheeks did nothing for me and also put my kids off there breakfast, i'm sure there was some chaffing!!! hope you raised lots of money though.
In short: I'll be back !!! In full: first time at the bluewater 10k, easy parking, early 8am start was a good idea, meant i could leave with the wife and children before the shops opened at 11am, although 6am out of bed on fathers day wasn't welcomed. the weather was very warm even at 8am, plenty of free Lucazade on offer, plenty of toilets when the Lucazade had started to work. The start was remote from the meeting area, loud speakers weren't loud enough, my children and wife took part in the 2k fun run which was kind of spoiled by the clash of the elite runners and the very slow fun runners after about 30mins, perhaps the finish needs making larger as the slower fun runners were shouted at very forcefully by the marshalls!!! the scenery is urban but with great views of the QE2 bridge for part of the race. there was one hill to speak of, and continuous undulations along London road. those looking for spirit level flat routes would have been disappointed. the warm up was very funny to watch, the female runners went at it with gusto, the men who bothered, kind of slowly one by one stopped shortly after starting. the marshalling was good, especially after getting up so early. The joining of female and male runners at the first roundabout created a bottle neck, where you had to be very careful not to trip up other runners in front, any more entries and problems could have occured. There was enough water at the stations, of which i used one for the first time, how do you drink whilst running from a bottle?? the championchip worked like a dream, the medal for the childrens fun run and the 10k was substancial, and the goody bags were also very good. yes i'd do it again, hopefully next year without the remnants of 'manflu' and to get some handle on times and whether you slow down rapidly after passing 40yrs old. i also raised over £700 towards The Anthony Nolan Trust in the process which was very gratifying, so thanks to all who sponsored me Date of review: June 20, 2008