In short: One of Kent's finest 10k's. In full: A fantastic event. Good parking (about 10 mins from start), decent atmosphere, beautiful scenery and a beautiful sunny day...it doesn't get much better. Already looking forward to 2016's race. Date of review: July 22, 2015
In short: Not just a race - an event ! In full: All races should be themed like this one. Roman theme was fantastic, and carried through wonderfully. Who couldn't love being led out at the start by a centurion on horseback, and welcomed at the end by a huge medal and a cake. Lots of thought went into the planning of this race, and it all paid off. Having said all that, this was a fairly brutal course, and very cross country, not easy under foot, despite that I loved it. Date of review: July 22, 2015
In short: Atmosphere was terrific and race very well organised. Excellent quality goody bag and the cakes afterwards were excellent – as was the Harveys ale to rehydrate! All in all, aside from the mud and pain of the hills(!) I would thoroughly recommend. Date of review: July 22, 2015
In short: A great race for everyone In full: From start to finish this race offers runners with a challenging course, beautiful scenery, lively and entertaining theme. WSR offers all runners the chance to enjoy the invader with their humour, whilst runners feel entertained and inspired to complete the challenge. local food and drink offered to all. A race you will remeber Date of review: July 22, 2015
In short: Good route - Everything else poor In full: A great route round London but everything else poor. Start not organised by anticipated time so far too congested with slower runners. Too many entrants overall. Very basic water stations en-route and just a bottle of water at the finish, no snack! Baggage collection badly organised. Overall, very poor value. I will not do this again. Date of review: July 21, 2015
In short: Needs to start on time! In full: Ran this race for the second time, this time I took the family, and the race ended in the stadium! A lot busier this year due to the stadium finish. One major problem - I was in the Pink Wave, and our race started 18 minutes LATE! Races should start on time, as runners need to hydrate and warm up. Problem with 18 minutes is, that is longer than it takes the British 10k to start and by this time your muscles are cold and you are looking around for the nearest bush or portaloo! Big problem I had was my wife and son wondered where I had got to since I started LATE, so I finished LATE, so they went looking for me! I couldn't find them in the stadium or at our emergency rendezvous, so I had to report them in the missing persons tent. After declaring them missing I eventually found them, thanks for the help from the staff here. We headed up going into Westfield for something to eat, only to find every restaurant packed - not just by runners, but huge crowds of non runners walking up from the bus and railway stations - why has Westfield suddenly become so popular? Instead had to drive home and pick up something to eat on the way back. £9 for the parking at Westfield on a Sunday was shocking when you consider! Parking charges should be fair, and not everyone can use public transport at that time of the morning Date of review: July 21, 2015
In short: Fantastic race through beautiful countryside. In full: This race is really well organised, the route was spectacular and the aid stations were well manned with friendly marshals and stocked with all the delicious things you come to expect from White Star Running events. I loved this race and will definitely be doing it again. Thank you WSR! Date of review: July 21, 2015
In short: A BRILLIANT race put on by a BRILLIANT team! Thank you I WILL be back! In full: Stunning scenery! Magnificent Marshals! Great Organisation! Bar! Lovestation! Fun course! Terrific atmosphere! Camping! Hog Roast! This race has it all! Including the chance of a relaxing bimble of fun the following day! THANK YOU all at White Star Running! Date of review: July 21, 2015
In short: Agreat day to be out in the countryside In full: A return to running something more than 100m. Friendly crowd, volunteers and organisers. Could flatten the hills but then there'd be no challenge. Date of review: July 21, 2015
In short: A few cheeky hills In full: One of the toughest 10 mile courses I have run but it is worth it for the beautiful scenery along the route and the feeling of accomplishment. Date of review: July 21, 2015
In short: Veni! Vidi! Vici! Vino! In full: Thanks to all for a great race. I'm rubbish at these writing bit, so I'll just list the great bits. Roman Movie Quote Signs. Roman Fancy Dress. Authentic Roman Fancy Dress. Roman Soldier on Horseback starting race. Roman Toga Parties at aid stations. Great Food & Drink at aid stations. Roman Bath at the end (I forgot to use it!). Cheap Camping. Showers. Loos. Hog Roast. Lamb Roast. Cottage Pie. Pudding. Cheap Bar. Great Medal. Great Organisation. Great Goody Bag. Invader Chaos. Thanks Andy, Ian, Corin. See you next year. Date of review: July 21, 2015
In short: FInal 1,000m makes this a must In full: As a relatively new race, organisation wasn't great but everyone was trying and meant well, meaning I didn't see many angry people.
Despite going around the Olympic park, much of the scenery was industrial/a building site (indicative of the transformation the park is currently undergoing).
The route was not pancake flat, but the inclines were moderate and not too long; I quite enjoyed them. Crowds around the route are very thin as most people wait in the stadium for the finish. I enjoyed the first 9k but it was very much unspectacular.
Contrast that though with the final k, which was incredible. With the stadium in sight, everyone's legs started to move a bit quicker.
The final 700m - 300m are in the concrete concourses of the stadium with chariots of fire, Olympics TV commentary, and crowd noise blaring from speakers. The hairs start to stand up and your stride extends.
Then, daylight. The ground beneath you feels soft. You're on the track where it all happened. You look around, and it hits you. The final 300m are on the track, just make sure you enjoy them and soak it all up!
The final 1,000m made this race and for them alone I classify this as a "must do". The cotton finisher's T shirt and small boring medal are below average but who cares!?
One final positive - ending in a 80,000 capacity stadium means that toilets are aplenty at the end! Date of review: July 21, 2015
In short: Beautiful scenery lumpy course In full: Did the club trial run on Sunday on a very hot morning. It's a challenging course with great scenery to take the edge off the hills. Can't wait for everyone to try it this Sunday - the medal is fantastic & will stand out in anyone's collection :0) Date of review: July 21, 2015