In short: Worth doing just the once In full: I wouldn't say I enjoyed this run. It was tough because it was undulating - I knew this already, but it's always a shock if you've not run a particular undulating course before.
The route is fairly scenic, although there are large parts of the route where you're just looking at tons of grass and nothing much else. I did see a herd of deer (is it "herd" or just "group"?), which made the run a little more pleasant.
Much of the route is narrow, so if you're looking for a PB then you really must get to the front or wait for everyone to start and then run from the back.
I'm glad it was sunny weather on the day, as I wouldn't want to run on soggy grass or mud. Maybe it's just my preference, but it's hard granite or concrete for me any day. If it had rained, I would've just walked the 10k... no point slipping and injuring yourself!
As for the entrance fee, it was very steep compared to other 10k runs. I did one at Greenwich Park that cost £12 (this one cost £19). The Greenwich run felt more "professional", hard to say why. This Richmond one felt amateur in its set up - although to be fair, I felt that most of the runners were from clubs or cliques.
All in all, I'd say go for it. Experience it once - see the deer, pray for a beautiful day so you don't get soggy and muddy, and forget trying for a PB. £19 is reasonable if you do it once in your life... it's only expensive if you compare with other 10k runs. Date of review: September 2, 2014
In short: So lucky this was my first Half Marathon experience! In full: Fantastic race with superb atmosphere, really supportive marshals, friendly fellow runners , strong organisation, stunning location and fab goody bag! Loved every minute of it and am now hooked! Big thank you to the organisers! Date of review: September 1, 2014
In short: Tough Course but beautiful In full: This was the inaugural event and was well organised and marshaled well. It had clear signage and instruction for the whole course. The marshals were very encouraging as were the locals there was support in places around the whole route. The course is really tough and undulating should really read hilly as hell, but the beautiful scenery and support gets you through. The finish was well organised and the goody bag was well filled with a great bit of bling, a banana, power cookie and some haribo sweets.
Overall I really enjoyed this race even though it was a tough one for me. Hats off to the organisers and volunteers Date of review: September 1, 2014
In short: amazing race and super nice atmosphere In full: first time doing this race as missed out last year I'm not a fast runner at all but everyone was very friendly and the marshals did a great job of encouraging you on, the goodie bags were fantastic value and large selection of cake at the end would race again. Date of review: September 1, 2014
In short: I'll be back ! In full: As the co-organiser since 1985 we knew the new organisers Tape2Tape would put on a good show and keep the legacy going strong. From an ex organisers eye and also as a runner this time we saw that everything was flawless and went like clockwork. Nothing was left to chance, well signed, well marshalled, and very good value too. Good to see a large Vets prize list too, often neglected in lots of races. Reckon NRR with his comments is in a minority of one ! Long may it continue. Date of review: September 1, 2014
In short: Not a patch on previous years. In full: Not enough clear signage approaching the race area. No hi viz vests for stewards. Car parking near enough a free for all. Restricted narrow overgrown path for pedestrian entry. No marshals or signage for race HQ. Nowhere near enough toilet facilities (only 10 portaloos)for nearly 2000 people. Not enough visible first aid cover on the course especially allowing for the heat and the arduous terrain. No encouragement from the marshals (query if marshals had radio comms?). Waterstops should have the water in a shaded area. Last turn into the finish confusing allowing some runner to take a wrong turn. Congestion at the finsish, immediate area behind the race arch (which was too narrow) should be left clear of goody bags etc. Water for finishers not controlled therefore they ran out after 600 runners. Runners were then encouraged to take half empty bottles and pour them over there heads!!! All these points that I raise were spot on in previous years. Either the organising committee has become complacent or they are cutting corners with manpower etc. The duty of care to runners was sorely lacking. Date of review: September 1, 2014