In short: Another excellent event In full: Really pleased I made the effort to take part in the Swanley Park 10k for the 2nd year in a row. Took a couple of minutes off last years time so very happy with that.
It really is a lovely park and this year the weather was just sun, sun, sun.
It's not an easy course to get a rhythm going and pulls you about a bit, but that's all part of the challenge.
In short: A challenging trail race for all abilities. In full: A low key event that is only going to get bigger. A well organised, friendly race that is a real challenge yet will leave you wanting to do it again next year. Great value and for a great cause too. Date of review: September 18, 2016
In short: Well organised challenging race In full: well organised race. Few steep hills at the start and near the finish otherwise reasonably flat for Surrey. Plenty of local parking and fees going to charity. Only minor grumble was lack of helpers giving out energy gels at the 6 mile station. The volunteers were very supportive all the way around. Strongly recommend doing this race. Reigate is also a nice place to visit. Date of review: September 18, 2016
In short: 3 times up Butser hill says it, stunning views make up for the hard work In full: Great 5mile fell race, three different ways up Butser Hill with three very fast descents. Well organised, good value for money and a race to keep in the diary. Date of review: September 18, 2016
In short: good scenery, nice atmosphere, fairly flat In full: A very good 10k. All seemed to go smoothly although be aware the city centre roads close about 8am if driving there (we parked and walked across town). Mostly scenic, especially through older part of town and along the river. Closed roads so no traffic to worry about (unless you do run bike run!). Quite a few spectators around. Fairly flat course and mostly wide so not many hold-ups. Things which could be improved: toilets weren't marked on the map but it turned out there were loads, "secure" baggage storage was an unmanned tent with one volunteer on the door, there wasn't enough space to line up in the correct order, not many people handing out water. A burger and/or coffee van for the end would be good, as we hung around to see the "run bike run" athletes so didn't go into town. That said, I heard they were short on volunteers this year so perhaps the tent and water will be better next year. However, I still loved it and thought the atmosphere on route was good - the cathedral even rang its bells in support. Date of review: September 18, 2016
In short: Great atmosphere, scenery and organisation. In full: Scenic course with a few more challenging sections for good measure. Excellent family atmosphere. Don't mind singing at the beginning (part of the warm-up..) and organisation very good overall. Couple of very small niggles - station car park no longer free on Sunday and a few of the km markers were a bit off (although bang on at 5 and 10k). Would definitely do again (and in less than 9 years this time!) Date of review: September 18, 2016
In short: So pleased to have helped Bury as Bury has helped our family. In full: What a fantastic race and glorious day. Great organisation by RunforAll/Asda Foundation. Not only did I achieve a PB but also it was so good to run on not the mass scale that some of the more well known and established 10k's have. The goody bag at the end was abundant and the medal engraving a fantastic bonus. Couldn't sign up fast enough for next year. Date of review: September 18, 2016
In short: Richmond Race - feed stations had only water and lucozade drinks In full: Positives first 1. loved the route generally to follow the thames and sights north to south and back again (not sure about the housing estate divert at 21 and the endless field lap on mile 25 ) all in all - very scenic and great to see the sights of the famous bridges , kew gardens and sion house and areas. 2. marshals were very friendly and encouraging - although I might add there was more inspiration that came from two 11 year old guides at mile 10 than from most of the other millions of marshals - some hired in on the day wearing all over yellow suits - too hot for that ! 3. the finish area was lovely and seamless - great touches from the photos and props so everyone thought they were winners - all round nice feeling when I finished .
Negatives 1. No food at the feed stations at all - only water and lucozade . Some gels or bananas or sweets or cake or anything would have been so welcome especially for the marathon runners .PLease fix this for next year - its inexpensive and can be a great asset and help for runners for future feedback. 2. Toilets - or lack of them at the start . More portaloos required and signs - a large number of marathon runners missed the start because of the severe lack of toilets on site . 3. Directions and parking this year. Given the 8am start - a lot of runners would have struggled to get there for 8am - there were a few car parking spaces around the restricted roads - may a suggest you open the field next to ponds in the park and get runners to park and walk from there - its the finish area and would solve the major issue a lot of people had - easy access to the start = mission impossible !!
despite that minor moan - I think these can all be corrected and fixed for 2017 , I hope the organisers take some of these valid points into consideration . Thank you to all the wonderful friendly runners on the route and the st johns ambulance man past kingston bridge on a bike who gave me half his packet of jelly babies - lifesaver !! Date of review: September 18, 2016
In short: Great organisation - Lovely morning out In full: Everything worked as it should - Parking - Brilliant ! Bag drop - perfect - catering - nice choice and reasonable. Route - really nice and fine including the 'hills' which were not very long. All in all a brilliantly run event which I would do again. The Marshals were great also - a credit to everyone involved in the race. Oh, the shirt was nice too - I had forgotten how much fun a HM can be. Date of review: September 18, 2016
In short: Reassuringly expensive . In full: Apart from the customary lack of bogs that comes with all races , it's a very good race . Great t shirt and medal .flat course with some nice scenery around a lovely city . Certainly pb material. Well supported by the locals too. Well organised and friendly. I would run this again Date of review: September 18, 2016
In short: A truly wonderful run! In full: How can anyone not like this race? It is on idyllic common land, the undulation is comfortable and uplifting! Well done Dr Rob on yet another fantastic bit of organisation. I love the key ring and the hi-vis sports vest. Date of review: September 18, 2016
In short: Excellent event. In full: This race deserves to be much bigger than it currently is, although it's only in its 2nd year. The organisation is great, the route superb and it has potential for pbs galore. Date of review: September 18, 2016
In short: A welcome return In full: Its been 15 years (I believe) this was last run. A fast and flat run on closed roads and country lanes. A friendly run with a great finish in the centre of Taddy. Medal and T-shirt too. Also, Tadcaster is home to several breweries for post race refreshment Date of review: September 18, 2016
In short: Lovely race on closed roads. In full: I really enjoyed this race. Lovely run on closed roads. Lots of local support. Really nice finish running into the park. And the band at the beginning and end were excellent. Date of review: September 18, 2016
In short: This is a most wonderful friendly local race In full: Well, it seems I am now officially the only person to have run very edition of this race. There's a reason for that. It's a lovely challenging course but the main thing is it's so sociable and for the whole family. Thanks to Rianna's fund again for providing marshalls. Date of review: September 18, 2016