Flipper - I've done this race 3 years now and won't be doing it again. I can put up with being charged £30 for a t-shirt, and the slight chaos at start and finish, but the lack of water is just dangerous.
I think we are both justified in being upset - if they had given the water out in cups rather than bottles there probably would have been enough to go round.
Again, I know it is only 10k, but in a mass participation race there will be a lot of people running the distance for the first time and I was quite worried about some of them. I was quite worried about myself, come to mention it...
I've run this race twice and I'm doing it again this year. Why? Because I'm a plodder and my 65 minute PB won't put me last. Because the London Marathon is as yet beyond me so if I want to run through central london this is my chance. And because for people like me who are essentially social/fitness runners, mass participation races are sometimes more fun.
BUT having done several Races for Life - mass participation, slickly organised, cheap - and the Fleet Half - still quite a lot of people and again brilliantly organised and cheap, I'm aware that the British 10k has a LONG way to go to meet those standards.
In particular, it is daft to have no loos at the start and no water at the end, it is daft to use bottles for water rather than cups (they'd run out by me last year and people were having to pick half drunk bottles off the floor) and it was an insult to take £30 for a cotton t-shirt. even though the Mizuno one from the year before was top.
This event COULD be brilliant and that's why I'm willing to give it another chance, but it is by no means even average at the moment. But please, Steve Bond, give it a rest will you?