In short: A good first race, but improvements should be made for next year In full: We live in East London and know the area fairly well, so were looking forward to running closed roads; that was great. Saw things that we hadn't seen before. Great starting on Hackney Marshes and the support along the route really was enervating. The volunteers (mostly youngsters) should also be congratulated; brilliant effort.
There are things that could and should be improved for next year (having seen other comments, I'm not pulling up any new trees with these): 1. Miles 10-12 around Olympic Park; doubling back, no shade, little water. Very dispiriting. 2. Lots of loos at the start, but seemed as if only 40% contained loo roll (at 07.30 onwards!). We always take our own to races, but lots don't. 3. Allocated pens need to be sorted out for the start. The thick end of 10,000 people can't and shouldn't be relied upon to find their own way to the time slots (which was impossible anyway due to the crush) 4. Water stops both sides of the route to prevent crushes/ stop-start. Been said elsewhere 5. Goody bag was a bit underwhelming. Nice medal, sure, but a technical (or even non-tech_ t-shirt would have been a really nice momento, as the entrance fee wasn't that cheap. 6. At one point, a car drove onto the route with a family with an abusive driver. Lots of fellow runers had a go, but stewarding needed to be a bit stronger there, as he drove about 1/2 mile amongst runners before turning off the course! 6. There were some queues for bag-collecting and massage (a massive queue!), but that didn't really impact me.
All considered, a good first attempt and the course could be a real PB'er (not many hills).
In short: Geat Weather and super organisation In full: Was a good fun run this year, obviously enhanced by the weather. Traffic was annoying in places, but didn't stop enjoyment and despite hills at 3, 7 and 10, the downhills certainly made up for them. Bettered PB by 4 minutes, so a special race for me! Date of review: March 8, 2010
In short: Get the basics right and the rest follows - didn't happen last Sunday In full: Nothing new to add to all the furious reviewers before but must vent. Finish area was carnage - too short, too narrow, too many spectators congratulating finishers (!), too few instructions. Bag collection was like the final retreat from Saigon; how ridiulous to leave the areas unmanned with people trampling over bags, getting changed amongst them with no obvious marshalls - completely unforgivable. Although I bettered pb by 10 minutes, gloss was taken off by randomness of finish, bag collection and apparent laissez-faire organisation. I didn't get into London this year, but am running the Brighton marathon........tell me that Tim Hutchings will learn from the poor Beacon organisation this year.
BTW, many thanks to the fantastic supporters and the effective volunteers who did turn out. Date of review: February 23, 2010
In short: Good, flat, PB friendly course, and very well organised In full: A credit to Edmonton Running Club. Very well organised with a friendly atmosphere and extremely well-marshalled. Nice flat course along the Lea Valley, with good T-shirt and buns for all at finish. This is a fun, club, intermediate and beginner-friendly race that should, by all rights, get a much bigger entry - come on everyone! Sign-up for next years! Date of review: July 13, 2009
In short: Lovely scenery, fast course and well-organised In full: I really enjoyed this race, the scenery, early start time, organisation and weather (!) all superb. A real confidence booster for FLM too. Sure, entry fee a little steep, but enjoyable for all that. Word of warning - if staying at Antoinette Hotel, make sure there are no functions on on the Saturday night....intermittent guest noise until 4.30 a.m. was very tiring! Date of review: April 6, 2009
In short: Brill way to remove cobwebs! In full: Fantastic, fast race........PB by a LOT, so v pleased! Well organised, never crwded and a real mix of abilities.....my first "proper" 10km and what a way to start! Date of review: March 24, 2009
In short: First H/M, but a great one to do! Challenging slopes and nice run-in. In full: Some fairly challenging slopes at 3, 7 and 11 miles, but there's always a downhill afterwards! Glorious weather, lovely scenery and a surprisingly number of supporters dotted around the route made for a good, virgin H/M experience! Date of review: March 5, 2009