In short: Really well organised and enjoyable race. A bit pricey and could do with an extra water stop or two. In full: I thought this was very good indeed and clearly has the potential to grow into a much larger event.
The organisation at the start and the finish was excellent and the event was well marshalled. It was a big plus to have the roads closed although in some sections it did feel a little cramped for space.
As many people have said I thought it was a bit pricey although with the pre-race communication, the race app and road closures you could see where the money went. No comment on the head band!
The hot day wass unexpected and made running quite hard work but was a real plus for spectators. I thought that given the condition the route could probably have done with an extra water station or two and certainly I was often gasping for a drink between stations. The bottled water was however a nice touch - much better than the plastic cups that you often get.
I look forward to next year. Date of review: March 10, 2014
In short: Well organised, lovely scenery but the hills are tough! In full: Really well organised HM. Just the right size to get decent organisation (road closures, water stations etc) and not having to turn up hours in advance to find parking. Couldn't really fault it as an event. One of the better ones I have done even though the undualtions (hills!) in miles 9 to 12 are really tough and I think make it difficult for a really fast time. Date of review: September 23, 2013
In short: Good flat fast race. Enthusiastic marshalls, great goody bag but organisation could have been slightly better. In full: I really enjoyed this race. The idea of 6 laps around Hackney Marshes was not terribly encouraging but in fact the lap was fairly varied and contained lots of different scenery, terrain etc. Certainly not boring! Also probably the flattest, fatest course that you will run on and would have been even faster in the dry. A real PB opportunity.
The 6 lap thing also means that there are always plenty of people around while in some races you can feel that you are completely alone even if it is a bit depressing to be lapped by the faster runners.
The marshalls were extremely enthusiastic and 2 water stations a lap meant that hydration was never a problem (particularly as it was cold and wet all race). Goody bag was excellent (flapjack and bagel - just what I needed after running 13 miles), certificate was a nice touch and facilities were first rate.
Only slightly negative point was the organisation. As many people have commented the start was a little chaotic. Also it would be worth while the organisers looking into chip timing for future years as the only record of my time was my own watch and it is always nice to get an official time for these things. Date of review: September 25, 2012
In short: Something a bit different - really good fun. Mile markers were out In full: Really good, well organised race. Unnusual distance and really varied terrain - road, woodland and canal towpath. V well marshalled and organisation generally was first class. The only slight grumble was over the mile markers which seemed well out - annoying for those running without Garmins. Date of review: January 24, 2011