Posted: 09/09/2013 at 20:43
I'm really surprised anyone is starting a thread to rave about this.
OK it's mass participation and very gimmicky, so maybe you have to go into it expecting it to be a bit rubbish. But the bottle neck at the barracks was predictable and not acceptable. People weren't actually at stand still when I went through, but based on twitter lots weren't so lucky.
Mile markers are often just indicative, but they seemed particularly laid back about where they put them.
As the only race that actively encourages people to wear headphones I found it unbelievable that they also had motorbikes weaving around the runners (including on a narrow footpath) to take photos.
It's a bloody expensive race, and yet the drinks sponsor was selling drinks at the start, not giving them away.
I wasn't that bothered about the race pack arriving so late, but I understand that's because they only got their license from Greenwich council about a week before. I'm not sure why they were so disorganised.
And I've not raced for a while, but surely it's not normal for people to take selfies mid-race?
Oh well, it confirmed for me that I don't like this kind of event.