Posted: 16/03/2015 at 13:24
I did it and having been very critical of Hackney the organisers had clearly learnt a lot, The course isn't the most inspiring but while it's far from flat it's certainly not overly tough. the run through Wembley was certainly the highlight but finishing in the stadium was also good.
There was loads of water on the route and unlike Hackney the water stations were all well staffed and well placed. The road closures were clearly manned by stewards with experience rather than volunteers and I saw them dealing with a few irate motorists. Considering the amonunt of stewards on the course and the effective job they were doing I think the cost was justified. It was a decent medal and a decent Brooks technical top.
Baggage tents were chaotic at the end, I got my bag straight away but my friend queued for 10 minutes, that was the only obvious glitch.
I think some people complaining about getting there may need to look at their own lack of common sense. Mill Hill east was always gtoing to be chaotic. Road closures were also going to impact on driving there. I got a train to new Southgate and a bus outside the station - pretty painless.
I'm not sure I'd do it again mainly because the course was not overly inspiring and it's enjoyable courses that first and foremost bring me back to events. Having slagged Hackney off repeatedly I will almost certainly enter that again (not this year though) because it;s clear the organisers have learnt from the criticism