In short: Top event, great organisation, quirkily themed. In full: From the time you sign up for this race you know you're taking part in something with a difference. This years theme was 'Game of Bones', another doggy twist on popular culture. On the lead-up to race day you receive 4 informative e-mails and once you get to the race it's well organised, slick and really friendly. The entry fee isn't the cheapest but in terms of value for money it's well worth it - cracking technical t-shirt, colourful medal, running socks, and a decent goody bag including a pack of Event Clip number fasteners. The race itself starts with runners in their starting pens - but not your normal 'this pen for runners expecting to finish between 40 & 45 minutes'; the pens were separated into greyhounds, Dalmatians, Huskies, Labradors etc... There are a variety of signs at the start with a humorous 'doggy' theme, and the course has bands at strategic points and good support as you run. Add in the fruit and water at the finish line, stalls selling hot food and drinks, a free and effective baggage store, free pre & post run massage and plenty of indoor space for non-running supporters to stay warm while you're out on the course and its a great event. Well done to Adrian and the Round Table team for a brilliant day - they even turned off the notorious wind on the course (though they could have mopped up the mist that cut the visibility right down), but you can't have everything eh? Date of review: February 12, 2015
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