In short: fabulous as ever!!! In full: this is my favourite race of the year.. fast, flat.. my home town.. but what makes it is the brilliant organisation, amazing atmosphere from the bands to the marshall and topped off with a great medal, t shirt and even free running socks.. awesome race thanks to Adrian and his team Date of review: February 11, 2015
In short: Best race of the year In full: Excellent organisation by fun people. Tech T and medal both top class. Friendly runners, the first event I write in my diary, in INK not pencil !!!. Started running regularly again after 30 years due to this event last year !!. Date of review: February 11, 2015
In short: Undulating? Ha! In full: I probably underestimated this course - described as "undulating", it's positively "hilly". This, combined with the sticky ground, did make it tough going in places. If you like that sort of thing, you'll love it. If you're hoping for a fast time, this probably isn't for you.
It was well organised, with nice views and scenery. Not much of a goodie bag at the end but a nice Sunday morning yomp all the same. Date of review: February 11, 2015
In short: Enjoyable, pleasant run In full: I was a bit surprised at the relatively small size of the crowd at this race - i was expecting a bigger turnout than the 200 or so. I felt it lacked a bit of atmosphere, though the organisers were very helpful and pleasant. I also hoped that the course might somehow start/finish inside Craven Cottage stadium itself, but that was obviously not possible.
Nonetheless, it was a decent race on a very flat route with nice views over the Thames for most of it. A couple of miles along the towpath didn't pose much of a barrier, despite the recent wet weather.
An immediate chipped time, photograph, and t-shirt - all in all, a pleasant Sunday morning run. Date of review: February 11, 2015
In short: Fantastic Event! In full: What an amazing, fun, friendly and fantastically well organised event! Lovely sea-front run, great entertainment all the way round and a great 'doggy bag' at the end of it! Yes, at this time of year the weather might be a risk, but it's well worth it! I'll be going back next year! Date of review: February 11, 2015
In short: Fabulous in every way, including the fog... In full: ... because fog means the howling gale has taken another year off, and the flat, wide course is perfect for a proper go at a PB, helped by excellent organisation: runners were in five different pens and let go with a subtle gap in between which sorted out any course congestion that might have been expected with the increase in runner numbers. Usual fantastic medal and tech tee, with free socks as this year's surprise. Nice goody bag, excellent communication both before and after the race, encouraging marshals, can't fault it - back next year, hopefully! Date of review: February 11, 2015
In short: Best by far. Everything a 10k should be for all abilities In full: Organisation 2nd to none. Fab atmosphere. Fun entertainment on route. PB potential defo. Excellent value for money - Good quality t shirt, medal & goodie bag & the rest goes to local charities. My 4th this year & defo back for number 5. Date of review: February 11, 2015
In short: One of my favourite races so far and the goodies were outstanding! In full: Really pleasant route, incredibly good, fun, and friendly atmosphere. The medal, t-shirt and goody bags were the stuff of legend that I had been told of before sign up by previous years participants. This race did not disappoint, and as soon as entries are open for 2016 I am in! Date of review: February 11, 2015
In short: Tough hills throughout In full: New course much tougher than previous years. Collecting baggage at the end of race needs improving. It was much better when Town Hall was used for HQ. Toilets, don't ask! Although areas for improvement it is a great event. Date of review: February 11, 2015
In short: My toughest half yet, but fantastically tough. Worth the trip In full: I signed up expecting a flat, fast PB potential race, how wrong was I!? Instead I hoped to practice a negative split strategy; a timing clock at the halfway mark aided this, however the climbs made it very difficult to achieve!
The start was initially strange with the snr men separated from the remaining field I guess due to the narrow park paths but for me it made it brilliant as you could look across and see runners everywhere and the merge point was nice for me too.
As for comments of crowding I found the pen time markings very good in this race and I didn't experience any overcrowding at all, not because I am slow either (I was still within the top 400 of over 2000).
I found the medal to be excellent as I like bespoke, event-specific ones as a pose to the generic cheap ones. To get a tech t-shirt in with the price was also a plus point. As stated though there was nothing except drinks at the finish and a banana or something would have been very welcome after a tough run.
The marquee being a mud bath and the toilets (although I've seen much worse) were my biggest negative points but is so minor as the race was brilliant! Date of review: February 10, 2015
In short: Hilly yet beautiful trail half In full: A tough (around 400m overall ascent) trail half marathon. Generally well organised though the mile markers were incorrect and my GPS gave it as 21.5 km in the end. This is perhaps due to the difficulties of accurately measuring trail races though. Good T-shirt and medal and three water stops (bottles) at 5, 8 and 11 miles. It took a long while to exit Harewood after the run due to traffic issues. Date of review: February 10, 2015
In short: In short everything you could hope for, no matter what stage of running you are at, is available at this event. Well done to Adrian and his team, sign me up for next year. Date of review: February 10, 2015
In short: Great scenic 10K with PB potential In full: A run around the Great Orme headland with towering cliffs, sea views and mountain views on the return - in the sunshine of a February morning it is hard to beat! Well marshalled - thanks NWRRC! We will return. Date of review: February 10, 2015
In short: Best 10k i've done In full: Everything about this race was brilliant. Well worth the 2hrs i had to travel to get there. Lovely flat course helped me to a new PB and the on course entertainment was just brilliant. The goody bag was one of the best i've ever had and the organisation on the day was brilliant. Free socks and energy gel when picking up my t-shirt and plenty of t-shirts left at the end so i had no problems changing my shirt size. This is one of the best 10k's i've ever done. I will be back next year. Date of review: February 10, 2015
In short: Brilliantly organised, perfectly flat In full: An amazing race! Great t-shirt and medal (if that's your thing) as well as a brilliant goody bag. Everything worked like clockwork from the parking and bus service to the start to the bag collection and gun going off. Brilliantly flat course and I'm sure on a less foggy day its quite a nice looking race too (we couldn't see more than a few hundred metres ahead because of the thick fog). Will definitely be back next year and again and again Date of review: February 10, 2015
In short: Lovely flat 10K in the beautiful winter sunshine In full: This race starts and finishes at Craven Cottage, easily the prettiest and probably the friendliest football club in London and is mainly Thames tow path and London residential streets. It was flat, fun and very enjoyable and even though I was probably one of the last to finish (10 min miles), I got such a cheer when I crossed the finish line, I've been walking on air ever since. Would definitely do it again and what a great cause (Prostate Cancer). By the way, there were only a couple of hundred runners and one of them was Jo Pavey! Date of review: February 10, 2015
In short: Great PB run In full: 2 new PB's for me with this race for 5k and 10k - smashed over 7 minutes off my 10k best time! Despite the fog, it was very well organised (speed pens at the start separated runners into elites, fast, slower, slowest etc). Great run which I would do again :-) Date of review: February 10, 2015
In short: Hottest day of the year IMHO and NO MUSIC In full: I am one of those runners that likes to run to music. I train with it, so why not run with it. I understand on an open course you need it, but it not a closed course.
Anyway, I ran without and was glad I did. Apparently anyone with an MP3 player would be disqualified, but on the route the marshals didn't police this at all.
As I said it was super hot. But you got an ice cream at the end. And the kids races were cute. Date of review: February 10, 2015