In short: Organisation awful as usual In full: Gripes:
1. Queue to get into the barracks (& out again). 2. Water in cup-totally useless, particularly given we paid £50 for this. 3. Paths too narrow in many places for the number of runners. 4. No goody bags. 5. No tags for the timing chip-surely with £50 fee they could include a tag. 6. Accute turns & course design just a nonsense. 7. May have been just me but spotting most of the mile markers was tough, didn't see one between 6 & 12, were there any?
This race must be going 6 years or so. the organisers have had time to sort out the issues, but can't seem to be bothered as they get more applicants each year.
This is my local 1/2M but not sure I will run it next year.
Would like to hear from those with Garmins about the course measure as I was nearly 20 minutes slower than the Brighton half in February. Date of review: September 9, 2013
In short: Awful organisation, it'll be the same again next year In full: Not a lot the organisers could do about the problems on the Jubilee line, but they could have let the thousands of runners actually at the start, start! It was chip-timed after all. I guess they wanted packed roads for all the photos to market next year's race.
The only reason I'll be doing it next year is because I live so close.
Oh & thanks to the marshall who let me skip out of the runners enclosure to walk directly home & not force me to walk halfway round the O2. Date of review: September 27, 2010
In short: Start delay was a disgrace In full: Organisers should be made to stand in the rain in running gear for an hour & see how they like it!
They closed all the access roads bar 1 at 9.00 & wondered why there was a traffic jam. I only live 2 miles away & had to walk to the start & back home after the race as no buses or cabs were available.
I was tempted to take off my number & start my own training run while waiting miserably in the rain.
Once the race got going it was fun. The atmosphere generated by the crowd was great. The route was very pleasant. The goody bag was a little disappointing, particularly for the £30 entry fee.
I may enter again as it was so close to my where I live & I end up running on familiar roads & find some nice new routes too.
In short: Well organised & small friendly crowd In full: Really enjoyable race. Friendly marshalls. I love the early morning start. 6 laps of Battersea park is a bit trying, but that is my only gripe. Date of review: September 15, 2008
In short: Well organised,& very pleasant race In full: The marshalls are great, the weather was kind & the course is set in beautiful countryside. My favourite race 2 years running, Date of review: March 27, 2006
In short: Got to be the best. In full: My first marathon had to be London & despite the PAIN from 19 miles onwards, it was amazing. Can'ty wait for next year & have signed up already. Date of review: November 28, 2005
In short: Very hot, 2 hills, enjoyable though. In full: It was hot already at the welcome 9.00am start. The middle miles were very scenic, whereas running in & out of Dartford was pretty dull. Well organised & enjoyable. The generous local support was particularly welcome. Date of review: July 18, 2005