In short: Profit driven race to enrich the Human Race organisers In full: 1. Distances are wrong. When you say a race is 8, 16 or 24 miles long, MAKE it that distance, and not add a lame excuse on your web site stating the distances are shorter or else DON'T call it an 8, 16 or 24 mile race
2. Gigantic toilet queues due to the fact that there were only a handful of portable loos, simply pathetic, when are race directors going to get the maths right? and saying we should use other toilets elsewhere is simply a statement of their incompetence, as stated on the e-mails suggesting car park toilets would be available, I wonder if a single one of those in charge cared or bothered to check if they were actually functioning, as a matter of fact they were NOT
3. No policy about not using head phones is in place, which makes navigating around those with head phones a nightmare, because they can't hear you asking them to give space so that you can get passed on those narrow paths
4. Charging for baggage drop? JOKE, simply put, and worse even, this has always been the case, but all of the sudden they thought it was a good idea to charge twice the amount it used to be. And that is only to have my bag placed under a stupid tent and to find ALL my dry clothes soaked after the race due to the rain, who thinks (or doesn't) stuff like that? if you are prepared to charge a small fortune for a service which by the way SHOULD be included in the already expensive price tag we paid for the race, make that service at least half decent and not return runners kit soaked to them after the race in raining conditions, it's shambolic.
5. In previous years this race used to hand out lucuzade bottles, this time around someone had the brilliant thought to change what was a great feature and replace bottles with cups instead, another perfect example of the type of people running this circus
6. They didn't bother with the medals either, the medal doesn't state the distance one has done, classic example of doing things on the cheap side which of course gives Human Race a higher profit margin
7. In previous years if you placed in the top 3 male & female in each event, you would get a little prize, that has also been scrapped.
All in all, a race to be avoided in the future. Date of review: October 14, 2013
In short: Great race, great location !!! In full: Course is challenging, but very picturesque. Have nothing but praise to give to the people behind the organization of the event. Marshals were uplifting, specially on those hard going hilly bits of the course. Date of review: September 3, 2013
In short: A shambles ... which never changes ... same story year after year In full: Here is an e-mail that should be contacted if you want to make your voice heard, the more people raise their issues and concerns, we might one be willing to go back and do the British 10k
It's worth trying, the British 10k shambles has been going on for way too long Date of review: July 22, 2013
In short: Shambolic In full: This race is to be avoided, only when the number or runners drop is that they might realise that they have to LISTEN what people are saying, I don't understand how people still do this race, me included, I think criticism is such that I always hope it will change and become a half decent event, but no, year upon year, same story, these guys don't give a rat's arse about us runners, all they care is their pocket and profit from it, charge 50 quid for something that can only be described a shambles is a disgrace, t-shit is said to be technical, which it isn't and the design is horrid with that stupid logo that looks like someone paid 2 pence to design, 2013 was the last time for me, there is more on how baddly this race is year after year here on Runners's world website, spread the word http://www.runnersworld.co.uk/forum/events/the-director-of-the-british-10k-london-is-an-unprofessional-tool/176536.html Date of review: July 18, 2013
In short: Too early ... missed the start ... In full: A race start @ 9am is too early, I was very disappointed not having made it on time, coming from south east of london using public transport (which is a shambles on weekends) on a Sunday morning is a recipe for disaster, so my question is, why is the next event @ hyde park which is central going to start at 10am and all the others have such an early start, organisers mind you not everyone has got a car. Date of review: March 24, 2010
In short: Great race, but could have done without all the construction going on In full: Fantastic race, extraordinary organisation. The course isn't flat, nor hilly, the right amount of gradients to make you ache a bit. The last one with head wind was a killer.
T-Shirt: I wonder what they were thinking when they came up with the idea of giving everyone a XXL t-shirt, so a -1 on this and hope they improve it next time
Baggage area: absolutely spot on, I hope some of the Milton Keynes organisers were there to learn a few lessons about how to sort out baggage for their next run, and avoid what has happened last weekend
Construction works x Course: I believe the course could have been improved if there wasn't the fact of all the construction work going on, but I guess this is part of the game, looking forward to do it again next year with a improved course and no construction work
Other nice points: - mile markers with timming gets a thumbs up - bus shuttle service from London was great thinking too from the organisers / event's partners, it's a much appreaciated asset you can count on if you like me haven't got a car
Results took too long to be published, and there are no split times available.
overall a great event with a few minor flaws, would I do it again? most definitely !! Date of review: March 15, 2010