In short: Excellent Route & Crowds marred by lack of staggered starts & crap goody bag In full: Early start at 9.35am meant alot of people are grumpy to begin with on this Sunday morning and particularly if the start is delayed and your dodging slowies for the first 3k.
Safely organised with a gradual walk to the start, however the PA system was inaudible and the mayor spoke for over 5 minutes about something, I cannot lip read! Nice to hear the National Anthem but maybe not 3 times. All this meant a delayed start and build up of tension amoung the ranks.
The free for all that ensued was borderline dangerous as I saw someone hit the deck and I was clattered from behind.
Given the numbers involved it is a minot miracle more people were not floored and injured. Why cannot this event have staggered starts for ability when the London Marathon and BUPA can with simarly large numbers?
The course was well laid out with good KM markers and encouraging crowds and marshalls.
Would have been a nice touch to have your Medal, goodie bag and t-shirt handed out as you finished as in the Bristol 10k rather then having to wander off for 20 minutes.
£50 does appear steep as I have yet to receive my photo or race time coming up to 36 hours later.
With such high level sponsorship you would expect better organisation and goody bag.
Summary of suggestions:
1) Staggered start by ability 2) Improve the PA system 3) Limit the Mayor to a 2 minute speech 4) Medal etc given to you as you finish 5) Secure and covered bag area. 6) Race times published within 24 hours 7) Toilets in Green Park to prevent public peeing. 8) More catering vans/stalls at finish - you have a captive customers base.
These improvements should make this a truly "Great" British 10k. Date of review: July 9, 2012