In short: Fantastic orgnisation, good support In full: Staggered start an improvement on last year. Plenty of water stations on a hot day, though personally I'd have prefered them at the top of the hill rather than bottom (Menwood Road, Ring Road). Great support on way round, lots of people handing out sweets, orange, unofficial water stations, lots of cheering at the finish. Can't fault the organisation, well signposted, no queue for baggage van, even toilet queue worked great with the metal barriers! (why don't more races do that?) Date of review: May 10, 2015
In short: Well organised race. Definitely undulating! In full: A well organized reasonably prices half marathon. Support from the marshals was very good. Two laps of undulations, with a jaunt across the tram tracks. First lap I prayed, "please don't let the light turn red" and thought about putting on a sprint just to make sure. Second lap I looked at the tram lights and prayed "please turn to red so I'm forced to have a stop!" Start/finish area was good at the cricket club, and meant I could have a pint in the sun when I'd finished. I was still there to see the last finisher come in, and an effort was made to give him a big cheer and lots of support when he crossed the line.
The negatives - I found the course a little dull. Lots of twists and turns round suburban roads. Although the marshals were very supportive, there was little other support on the course. And having pretty much a mile of up hill for the last mile put away any chance of me pb-ing.
I was also surprised how many ignored the no ipod/mp3s rule. Considering the race was on un-closed roads with a tram track crossing. Date of review: March 31, 2014
In short: Good fun event. Very different from your usual half In full: Fantastic day out. Even the rain couldn't dampen our spirits! Lots of fancy dress, wine, well stocked feed stations, friendly, nice downhill stint to the finish and hog roast (well I had the veggie version and it was nice to have a choice of food).
Only down side I can think of is that the t-shirt was done by men's sizes. For a size 8-10 woman a men's small is still far too big. Date of review: September 9, 2013
In short: Good flat race. Well organised In full: Positives
Race was well organised Free entry to London Zoo with the entry fee (and reduced entry for supporters) Marsalls were good and cheered people on. Three lap course meant you passed the water station three times, and it seemed to be well stocked. Fairly good goodie bag, mainly containing food, but also a nice tiger pin. Flat course with good PB potential once you get out the first Km which zig zagged around the zoo.
Negatives Entry quite steep for a 10k (though does include zoo entry) Not being speedy I don't know how much of a problem this was, back it was hard to know when you were being lapped. When the race leaders were coming through they looked like they were having to weave quite a lot. Medal was quite cheap looking. I'd have liked an animal picture on it and maybe the year of the event. Date of review: September 17, 2012
In short: Good support at my home race. Shame about the weather! In full: Only negatives I had was the course was a little narrow in the first half. I did sneak around a couple of cones to get past people and got told off by a marshall This was partly due to being placed in the wrong corral - I was aiming for 4:30 and already had a sub 5 marathon finish but was in a 5-6 hour corral which meant I spent the first half over taking people.
Overall the event was well organised. The bit round the powerstation was a bit boring, but I can't think where else the course could go without having big hills or seriously resticting traffic around the city. Music round the course was a nice touch, and the support from the crowd was great. I'd definitely do it again. If I hadn't decided to have a year off marathons next year I'd have entered already. Date of review: April 13, 2011
In short: The best supported race I've done. Hills a challenge but I smashed my PB! In full: Fantastic support, especially from the churches and pubs. Challenging run, but really enjoyed it. Felt the end could have been better organised as I had to ask someone where I could find water, but free tea for runners was a nice touch. Oh and would have considered getting the hoodie if the ladies one wasn't such an awful pink colour! Date of review: March 21, 2010