In short: Meticulous organisation, fantastic support and safe In full: Second time running this and it really is a superb event in every way. Despite the roads not being closed runners were safe. The marshals did a sterling job and I can't emphasise this enough. Date of review: November 8, 2014
In short: Fantastic, friendly and fast - In full: First time this year - lived up to all of the positive reports I'd heard. Number collection was simple, plenty of places to sit whilst waiting for the race to start/recover afterwards and 'entertainment' if the family have come with you. Well marshalled, well organised, the course isn't flat (it doesn't claim to be) if you like hills like I do its fantastic for a pb - I knocked nearly 2 minutes off mine Date of review: November 8, 2014
In short: Fantastic well organised race! In full: My first ever race so didn't know what to expect. Everything was really well organised from the start to collecting my goody bag at the end! Plenty of supportive marshalls and spectators along the route. Thoroughly enjoyed it! Date of review: November 8, 2014
In short: I've experienced a few 24 hr races. This one just nudged TR24 in to 2nd place on the priority list. In full: A superb location for this event. It has it all - nature reserve, far reaching views across the Essex countryside, Kent - looking West to Central London from the top of Ingrebourne Hill in the early hours is something special.
There's a test for the legs due to the mix of grass, gravel, woodland trail and tarmac underfoot. A few short sharp inclines get the heart racing.
The atmosphere was excellent and the encouragement and enthusiasm was in plentiful supply throughout.
We've expanded for next year and booked 3 teams in, adding to this years 8 we now have 2 x 8 and 1 x 5.
This event will form part of a trio of 24hr events for next year and of the three, this will be the highlight. Date of review: November 8, 2014
In short: Great Sunday morning race In full: 2nd outing at the Richmond 10k, enjoyed the 1st time, but 2nd even better great organisation on a perfectly challenging course, do at least one in the series and you will walk away happy Date of review: November 7, 2014
In short: Not what it used to be In full: The SHM used to be a brilliantly well-organised race on a slightly dull course - but good enough that I'd run 5 before this one.
But this year the course has changed to be more dull (more cycle paths, less park) and more undulating. It also lacks the really good stadium finish. The organisation too has gone from smooth to a bit chaotic. Only the great marshals are unchanged from last year. Some of this will be down to moving the race location and should improve next year. But unless the course changes I'm not sure I'm going to be back to find out. Date of review: November 7, 2014
In short: Nice race, but failed to learn the lessons from previous years In full: This was my first race 10 years ago, and I've run it maybe 6 or 7 times. It is a lovely route, off road with gorgeous scenery and a friendly atmosphere.
Some improvements have been made over the years for sure. I like the funnel start which was much longer than previous years and also marshalled - much better to get yourself into the right place. Also there was good support (mainly by the copper horse and finish) and also the marshals were plentiful. Technical Tee although additional cost was great. Parking issues were so much better and people were getting out nice and quick. Also the website is much better with an excellent FAQ section. All good stuff.
So after 10 years I've reluctantly decided not enter this race again. I hope my comments below do not read too negative; this feedback is shared in the hope that things can be improved in future races.
Despite every year people calling for the start time to be shifted forward from 1pm to a more sensible time, the organisers stick to this later start time. I bet the 2015 race will be at 1pm too. This means this race takes up your whole day, and you can't eat lunch before the race. Once again it was far too hot for a race to be held in this time of the day. The sight of so many runners being laid out and being attended by St. Johns was a very unpleasant sight. I fear it will take a fatality for the organisers to sit up and take notice and I'm sure nobody wants that.
Once again, silly cups of water were given out at water stations. These are near impossible to drink properly whilst running and also limits you to how much you can actually get down you. The emphasis seemed to be on minimising the clear-up for the organisers rather than keeping runners properly hydrated! In previous years they handed out Lucozade bottles at mile 10 so I don't get the argument about water bottles littering up the place.
At the end to be given one small bottle of water (and denied a second bottle!) and a Mars bar I felt was not adequate given the heat of the day. The queue for the water tap was very long, I didn't want to spend ages just for a top up and wanted to get off my feet.
Could the organisers consider some marshalling of the toilets as they do in other races? The queues were just way too long; given you only have 10 minutes to get started after the gun goes off this could be managed a bit better.
I really hope these issues sorted out and runners safety is put first.
In short: Great experience In full: An amazing and unmissable experience to run across the bridge,the monster hill at halfway was tough but once conquered it was a decent second half.the organisers deserve full credit for putting on a great race Date of review: November 7, 2014
In short: Super value In full: The start and finish were spectacular,maybe the middle parts of the race were less picturesque but overall a great day out in very warm conditions Date of review: November 7, 2014