Just back from running this. What a brilliant event it is. My second time running it (first was last year) and I loved it all. After initially hoping for sub 3h 15m, although I felt really strong I knew pretty early on that that time wasn't going to happen, so just ran to enjoy it. Ended up with 3h 26m, which I'm really pleased with. Amazing support from the locals, probably more were brought out because of the lovely weather, but great cheers pretty much all the way round.
I actually quite liked the new start - got rid of the congestion and slowing down of all trying to squeeze down that path after 300m. The new last mile felt really tough, but ending on the track was brilliant.
Fantastic marshalls the whole way - probably the best I've ever encountered for a race - a big thank you to all of them.
Did anyone else here see a runner take a deliberate wrong turn going into the Milton Park estate on the first lap? The marshall called after her, but she kept going. I'd been about 50m behind her for the previous few miles and then I never saw her again? Seemed like she took a deliberate short cut, as the real route was highly obvious (not to mention full of other runners and marshalls!!!)
But a fantastic event, and one that is rapidly becoming one of the main highlights of my running year. I'll definitely be back In 2015, and this time the sub 3h 15m target will be mine!!
Hope everyone here who ran had a great run and a fantastic day.
Luckily I was only travelling a very short distance to get there, but could see how potentially it could have been very difficult. TFL didn't help by suspending the Jubilee Line until 11am... And I'm a very fast walker and it took me the best part of 30 minutes to get to the start. The pre-race info said there would be "marshalls wearing orange t shirts to direct you". I didn't see any - did anyone else? As I'd been there before I knew the way, but if you weren't local how could you have known? Presumably these were all reasons for the slightly delayed start? And also the massive queue at the Race Pack Enquiries desk?
But once the race started it was great. Absolutely boiling hot, but great crowds, and awesome to run in the olympic park!
Got round in 1h 30m 08s - but I measured it 13.3 miles!
The (hugely irritating) comperes kept making a huge point of "please only drink to thirst" making me wonder if they were worried they hadn't got enough water? They could also save a lot of faffing at the start if they allocate starting pens to runners - with an event of this size they really need to.
But all in all I loved it. A tough, tough run in that heat, but a good course and a great day out.