In short: Should be some sort of compensation In full: I am very dissapointed with V02max. If this was a race organized by a club (which is often registered as a charity) or a charity then I would not be concerned. But this is a commercial event, and I do not find it fair that they profit from the unfortunate situation that occurred. There was an offer of a discount on next years race, but this was taken off the website, and its been radio silence from the organizers on any figure for this - which seems disingenuous, and done only to blunt any initial disquiet. The last event I entered which was canceled I received a full refund without even asking or wanting it - it was organized by a small club - but this is a commercial situation. The small print is meaningless - who is not going to enter a race because it says there is a no refund policy? Companies need to be fair to their customers or their reputation will suffer.
In short: Good fast course, start was chaotic, chip timing needed? In full: This was a nice fast course, a bit of pavement hopping required, a few speedbumps, potholes and sharp corners, but still very quick. The race was spoiled by the start, people were not allowed to assemble in the road at first, then we were called to assemble and the hooter went a few seconds later - no time to get into position and chaos - 2 cars were driving slowly towards us within the first 100m and some people were forced to stop completely in the scrum. I didnt get out of it too badly, but it was worse than abbey dash. Also had 2 seconds added to my time, only 2 secs I know but its just annoying, escpecially considering the start - chip timing might be in order. If they can sort the start logistics I would do it again, otherwise probably not. I did get the impression it was well organised, and I know what a nightmare to organise race starts can be in general in built up areas - so sorry for moaning a bit and thank you for putting it on.
In short: A good event that is spoilt a bit In full: Some people have been a bit harsh about slower runners at the front, but it really is a serious problem. The start is like the Great North but a bit worse as a lot of people are going off quicker. It is clear that many people utterly ignore the pen timings, and many 60min+ runners are in the sub 32 pen which is just stupid. It causes utter chaos and near collisions all over the place. It also adds a lot of time to hundreds of other runners. Date of review: November 28, 2005
In short: Excellent race overall, could be a bit better In full: This is a great race and i really enjoyed it, 2 points need to be made however. 1) First Water at 4.5 miles is just too late, and I was dehyrated at this point 2) Better start organisation for different speed groups - the first mile is carnage for slow and fast runners - London works far better
Also: I dont understand the fuss about the 4 deaths, considering the size of the field. For events of this size a fatality or 2 is pretty normal. If someone lost their life in a local race it would pass un-noticed, yet 4 at a race 100 times the size is big news ?? Date of review: September 21, 2005
In short: Biting winds make this one tougher.... In full: Would just like to add that by my watch, the total ascent was 1,050 feet! thats double Ackworth - Should be down as Hilly. Date of review: February 14, 2005