In full: Difficult to rate this race accurately because it has a lot going for it and some points against. Firstly I have to commend MCC because it's a cheap race and they do their upmost to make it go well. With the race supporters benefitting from the cafe and the toilets it's location is good. However Bishops Park is so busy that running was difficult. Twice I got taken out by dogs and also a lady with a pushchair. Secondly being four laps created confusion amongst some and also latecomers started from the wrong spot and didn't do the football pitches. Also there are too many sharp turns and some steps for a runner to get into a good rhythm. Also there were no KM markers. That said its still a good small cheap race with a medal and t-shirt for finishers. Not sure I would do it again for the reasons mentioned but I would certainly do an Mccpromotions race again. Date of review: September 21, 2014
In short: More of an event than a running race In full: If you want a start in iconic Kew Gardens and a finish village with lots of noise and spending opportunities than this is the event for you. If it is a running race you want, then there are plenty better.
I didn't see any portaloos at the start (perhaps Kew don't allow them) but I did see queues long enough to be sure that most wouldn't be able to go before the start. There were about 8 loos at 4 miles though (?!).
It is a lovely course although a bit rough underfoot and very congested, in Kew Gardens and along the towpath - there are simply too many runners for these sections and I wouldn't be surprised if other towpath users complained, as did many of the cars being held back on Richmond Green. How did the event get approval for those road crossings?
The worst part was the water stations, where they seemed to be pouring individual cups for each runner - slow and frustrating for many. The marshals also seemed to have little idea of distance or when the next water station was. "Only 2 miles to go" at 2.5 miles out. On the subject of mileage, 11 and 12 markers were spot on but 10 was at 10.25 and my Garmin finished at 13.3 instead of 13.2 - something quite wrong there.
For this price, you want a smoothly organised top quality event. Less than half the price will get you a much better race organised by runners with marshals that understand running - not that I would want to criticise anyone that gives their time (are they paid?) to support these races.
Another pet hate (I may be sounding hyper-critical here) is allowing headphones on races that cross roads and pass through narrow sections. This is really quite dangerous.
My advice would be to enter races that are organised and marshaled by runners. Date of review: September 21, 2014
In short: Teesthing problems pre-race, but race day was great In full: This is for the half marathon.
I was surprised at the need to collect the race number the day before, and some of the communications pre-race could have been better.
The race itself was well organised, although the road closures take some negotiating when you are making your way to Queen's Park.
The fact that this is a local course for me made it more interesting - there are dull stretches but there are also some scenic bits and Hasland is special - as good as Ecclesall Road in the Sheffield Half. I was holding back, having had an injury, but i reckon a quick time is possible once you've negotiated the hill at Heath at mile 6 or so. I'll be back. Date of review: September 21, 2014
In short: A little gem of a half :-) In full: My very first Harvest Trail half, together with my rookie trail-running friend who too really loved every bit of this very well organised and friendly run. She now understands why I love running on trails and she's hooked!! Sadly, we missed the location of the cakes after finishing which was a real shame. It was lovely to have no time pressure, and to just run on the trails for the sheer enjoyment. A lovely, well-designed finisher's certificate at the finish for our efforts. Thank you, Royston Runners, for such a lovely and scenic run. Here's to next year - can't wait! Date of review: September 21, 2014
In short: Well organised, nice scenery.. def worth the race ?? In full: For a first time organisation I thought this was very well done.
Ample parking, collection of race tags and bag drop off and collection easy and efficient. Lots of toilets, with great family activities for afterwards.
Yes, a bit crowded at the beginning, but really nothing onerous. Loads of friendly mashalls, nice course with ample water on the way, a bit hilly in places but I felt this added some nice variety to the course. Appreciated the encouraging race pacers, and great medal and t-shirt at the end.
In short: First race bit chaotic at the start but otherwise great In full: I have to agree about the start, was crowded into the starting pen well ahead of where I should have been but could not move back so maybe next year a bit better signage.
Course was undulating and not flat as I thought although not a bad thing. A few locals decided to try and drive down the closed roads but you can never please everybody, but chaotic again towards the end where only half the road was closed but traffic was going both ways.
Water, banana, t-shirt and medal all very welcome and as a first race it was overall very good. No where near PB but enjoyable none the less. Date of review: September 21, 2014
In short: Fantastic trail race with great organisation and support. A great day. In full: This was a very well organised event, clearly marked and very well marshalled. The route is fantastic with hills, field, tracks, path and roads. The high points even offer great views over the countryside. Put this race in your race calendar for the years ahead. Date of review: September 21, 2014
In short: Start needs organising In full: Really disappointed that there was no segregation between target times. I spent the first half overtaking people who shouldn't have been so dose to the start. Pens should definitely be used next year.
The course was fast with a few very short uphills so definite PB potential.
Good support around the course.
Just a banana and water at end was a shame a made the race seem slightly expensive. Still got a PB so can't be too negative! Date of review: September 21, 2014
In short: A fun run, well organised In full: I ran my first marathon last week, so wanted to do a shorter and enjoyable run. This fit the bill. Its a run around the airport mostly off road on tracks. In places the ground is uneven and you need to be careful of your footing. It was a dry day today, if it had been wet you would need to take more care.
A very friendly race everyone was most helpful. Marshalls were good, parking was good. It gets a good vote from me.
I may well join you again next year. Thank you. Date of review: September 21, 2014
In short: Loved it! In full: Having had almost 2 years off from racing, this was my first race and I absolutely loved it. Organisation with great atmosphere and lovely scenery made the course fantastic, well done East Grinstead, I will be back! Date of review: September 21, 2014
In short: Family friendly - kids play area at the finish line! In full: This is a very pretty, local race. Plenty of parking, plenty of toilets (other races take note!) and loads of helpful stewards. There's a kids play area and small wood near the finish line which was great for my 6 and 8 year old. They loved collecting conkers.
I'm a gym bunny / road runner, so I found the railway siding quite challenging to run on; my legs are definitely more tired than usual (beginners take note). If you are after a PB get really close to the front, as the course is narrow in places with no hope of passing people. If (like me) you were just bored of your local 10k and wanted something different, its fabulous. Best organised race I've been to in a long time. Date of review: September 21, 2014
In short: Thoroughly enjoyed my first ever 10K In full: Having only started running 9 months ago and having this as a target to aim for, I was filled with equal parts excitement and trepidation. The course does undulate and was a good challenge for a first ever race and I completed it quicker than I had expected. The marshals were brilliant, encouraging and supportive all the way around the course. The organisation before and after the event was also second to none and the organisers should be proud of the event, now having just completed it's 5th year. I look forward to running it again next year. Date of review: September 21, 2014