In short: Decent 10K option in late summer In full: Low-key but well-enough organized 10K. No chip timing but course was pretty well-measured (10.05 & I probably never took the fastest posssible line). It's not flat but it's flat enough to PB if you're in PB shape. Friendly enough atmosphere. Definitely worth a go if you are in PB shape in August & fancy a race somewhere. Date of review: August 30, 2015
In short: Excellent race, great organisation and ideal route In full: Third time I've run this race and it was as good as always (aug 2015, despite what it says above). Organisation is excellent, race HQ is ideal and regular aid stations well stocked with friendly marshalls. The course is flat throughout and a mix of stoney paths and pavements, I live nearby and run along the towpath often - it is ideal. The comments on here about the route being busy are quite unfounded, this was the least busy I have seen it on a race day, esp around the marathon turning point at Putney with few boaters out. It's never going to be entirely free of walkers/cyclists as it's a public footpath, not a closed route, but you're more likely to get held up by other runners in big events than you are by others here. Excellent medal as always to boot! Date of review: August 30, 2015
In short: Disappointing In full: Spoiled for me this year by the horrendous traffic problems,parking last year was easy,this year I queued for 45 minutes and had to run to pick up my number,which they decided not to post out this year,a huge mistake,did not have time to warm up properly and so the whole experience was not as good as last year,it's easy to say why didn't you leave earlier but I did not anticipate such a long and frustrating queue for the car park.the race itself is very enjoyable but much hillier than the organisers would have you believe,for me it's one of the hardest halves I've run,Cardiff in October is a doddle by comparison Date of review: August 30, 2015
In short: Quiet, unpretentious, well-organised race In full: For me a local run so am used to Grays and the course, which is a bit dull, evidence of fly-tipping, but as I've been running races around here for years I don't really notice it.
Very well marshalled/organised, nice finish around the track to get your bottle of water. I didn't even realise there was a memento(a pen) until after I'd got changed and saw someone looking at theirs, so not the greatest value race!
Shame there aren't any showers (there is a shower area, but no shower-heads, bit odd) but I may be in a minority here. Date of review: August 30, 2015
In short: Loved it again this year In full: Similar comments to the ones I wrote last year: amazing marshals who managed to be simultaneously supportive and informative, top notch organisation, fast course, fab goody-bag (tech t-shirt, banana, cereal bar, waters, lucozade, fruit squash, crisps, body lotion, frisbee, inflatable ball). And I got protein bars as a spot prize! Race sold out this year, so worth entering fairly well in advance. Entry fee may seem slightly steep in comparison to other 5 milers, but it's well worth the money, especially as they donate proceeds to charity. Date of review: August 30, 2015
In short: Nice race overall... In full: Not gonna lie...I was dissappointed there was no medal - especially after paying £15 to enter. All superficial stuff aside, the race was very well organised with a great atmosphere finishing at the athletics stadium. The race itself had a few small ascents which weren't too challenging. Some of the route took us on to the B roads but there were plenty of marshalls keeping the traffic in check. Overall...would recommend this race for the scenery and PB potential. Date of review: August 30, 2015
In short: Excellent course and well run In full: I am a regular Thames Path runner as I live in Putney (depressingly the turn around point is where I live!). This is a great route though and despite other comments on how busy the route was, I never felt crowded. There was the inevitable doddery walker or dog to watch out for but that's no different to any normal training run. The water stations were nicely spaced out and well managed with friendly marshals. I suspect some of the stations ran a bit short of cups / water in the peak times as people like me needed more than one cup. Thank-you marshals. The medals are great but will they be different for each of the three events in 2015? It's important :). Well done again to the organisers. Date of review: August 30, 2015
In short: No Medal In full: Some of the scenery was nice but ruined by the amount of rubbish and fly tipping although this cannot be blamed on the race organisers. Runners World had this down as a medal race but only got a pen so disappointed. Date of review: August 30, 2015
In short: A really really good run race. In full: There where so many +points and very few -points with this race. Race hq was perfect for a race this size( car park was full when getting there but easy to park very nearby on road. Starting the marathon at 11:00 and the half at 11:30 helped with congestion as some parts of the run did get very busy with other runners, dogs, bikes, walkers and alike. The scenery was a big plus, and all in all it was a lovely run. The only down side of my race as I was doing the half was at the aid station near Kew bridge which was the turn around point for the half, the aid station was blocked by Marathon runners all around it which made it very hard to get water and keep moving( maybe a table each for half and marathon runners would help) and as a result I think I surprised a few as I grabbed my water through them( I did shout that I was coming but they where in their own race, which is fair as a marathon is a long way and you do need to fuel). That said this race is one to do. Date of review: August 30, 2015
In short: Scenic, but thousands of pedestrians made running at pace impossible...pedestrian parkour! In full: A marathon on one of the busier stretches of the Thames battling loose dogs, tourist walking groups, hundreds of cyclists and then the oncoming runners as you double back. A fine training run if you don't mind stopping very regularly in efforts to try and pass people. A busy stretch of the Thames on a busy day of the year made it quite a frustrating affair. Add the fact that I swerved to avoid a cyclist and triggered a calf injury which meant that I had to abandon efforts and walk for a few miles and it was even more frustrating. One of the hazards of try to run a race whist weaving through thousands of pedestrians. Very frustrating day. Date of review: August 29, 2015
In short: Excellent bling, cider & cake...what's not to like In full: Multiple laps not only meant multiple stops for cider & cake at the lovestation but also multiple times up a sneaky hill. This race was billed as flat...if you're used to pancake flat racing then it's NOT flat but it is fun. Awesome bit of bling & amazing marshalls. First time at racing off road and although it was hard going at times it was a good fun race, would recommend it if you want to dip your toe in the world of trail racing. Date of review: August 29, 2015
In short: A firendly race in a beautiful park and terrific party atmosphere. In full: Good for experienced and new runners alike. Well organised and friendly. Post-race BBQ in local beer garden make for a fitting end to a glorious day. Date of review: August 28, 2015
In short: Perfect For A PB In full: The best race/run that I have ever done. Well organised and great goody bag. People are friendly and chatty - was great to be able to have a shower, before going with everyone to the local pub. Also small enough to be able to do a PB. Date of review: August 28, 2015
In short: Very challenging but great fun In full: This is a really challenging race, especially the hill up to the castle. The change in route this year allowed us to see a bit more of this very scenic town and avoided a very busy corner for traffic! Really well organised and friendly. Will definitely do it again. Date of review: August 27, 2015