Unfortunately the weather wasn't on our side for this half and Virgin didn't really cater for this when really, they could have as it was forecast to be a pretty wet and grim day. There were no shelters for the runners pre-race and the changing facilities were so small, we all had to line up in the cold and wet just to squeeze in and get changed after the event - Ealing half provided changing tents twice the size! They ran out of small mens t-shirts and when we questioned the bloke giving the tee's out, he was quite rude to us about it which was unnecessary as we'd put small mens on our application; we settled for a medium women's and will just have to deal with the typical women's sleeves! The goody bag was pretty decent!
The start pens weren't as clearly marked as they should have been and lead everyone to believe the D pen (where we were) was C pen, so they need to sort that out. They also bolstered that it was perfectly measured out, yet I ended up running 21.75km, not 21.1km; luckily it's a fairly flat course and I still came in under 2 hours. Although it was very wet, very cold and very miserable, the crowds were really lovely and encouraging, but it's a shame some of runners weren't, as they had no problem pushing you out of the way to get in front of you with not even a word of apology to follow - not very 'runner' spirited.
Getting to the event was easy peasy with Park and Ride - so I highly recommend using that if you're to do this race.
The medal was average to be fair, and the scenery wasn't as epic as I expected considering where we were - my fave part was going through the park/woods bit - but otherwise a pretty decent race; however, it's one I wouldn't really do again - especially not for a ballot place.