In short: Chip timing disaster. All feels a bit amateurish In full: 3 big reasons I won't be back: 1. Chip timing. The system was useless. Even without the fact the whole system stopped working, lots of runners had their chips fall off the back of their numbers. Bit embarrassing to say the least for a big event. 2. Water. In my mind small cups of water every 3-4 miles is not sufficient for a marathon. Fortunately is was cool and raining this year, but I would have massively struggled on a dry milder day. Really hard to drink on the run too. 3. Banned headphones. I assume its for insurance purposes, but I never run without music in training so find it really dull without it for a marathon distance.
On the plus side the marshals were good on the whole and baggage seemed well organised Date of review: October 13, 2013
In short: Dangerously poor organisation In full: What could have been a good day out, despite the weather, turned into a complete farce by the lack of organisation. Took me 3, yes, 3 hours to get my bag from the baggage tent. It probably would have been longer had the police not had to turn up to try and manage the situation. That length of time in the cold in wet running kit was horrendous. Took all the shine off a day when I'd managed a PB. I have been to many races and have never seen such poor planning. There was clearly a woeful lack of space and people to manage the bags. The organisers are lucky that nearly half of the entrants didn;t turn up or I dread to think how long it would take to find my bag. Only postives from the day were the crowd - fantastic support despite the horrid weather and the water stations were good. Will NEVER enter an event organised by Xtra mile events. The situation they put the runners in was dangerous Date of review: April 30, 2012