In short: An urban race with style! In full: What a splendid race! Organisation spot-on. The built-up-ness of the area was thoroughly outdone by the scenic-ness of the river. The view of Richmond hill at ~8m was uplifting - glad I didn't have to run up that. Given better prep I think this course has PB written all over it... but sadly blew up today somewhere between 6m and 7m and even the greater than normal level of "eye candy" couldn't distract me enough! Definitely one to do again next year! BTW - I liked the shirt at the end - it kept me warm! Date of review: October 16, 2005
In short: Nice course - pity about the milemarkers In full: Nice course and a lovely day. Even though it is a new course the milemarkers are still wrong!, but oh well...... Date of review: October 16, 2005
In short: extremely good In full: yet again another Good race in S.W. London, everything ran like clockwork and the organisers changed the colour of the shirt too (Canary Yellow). cannot fault it well DONE Date of review: October 16, 2005
In short: Bargain price, lovely route, needs more support In full: Great race but can't see why it's so poorly supported or attended, only about 500 runners.Quite hilly, more than down. Circulate to everyone this a great race for a bargain price !!!! Date of review: October 16, 2005
In short: I heard it was hilly, and they weren't wrong! The last mile uphill was a nice touch... made the last 400m downhill so much nicer. See you there again next year! In full: I should have been more prepared for the hills, but when I heard the winner only got round in 1:15, it made my time of 1:53 sound all the better (I'm normally 50 minutes behind the first one home).
We even had a riderless horse join us for a mile - obviously curious of all the runners trotting past the end of his field, and wanted a closer look!
The warm weather made it a pleasant run. I've lived in Swindon for 16 years, but ran down country lanes today that I didn't even know existed.
Hats off to the organisers. Hardly any queues for the car parks, seemed to be plenty of toilets available, and he majority of the route was traffic-free.
All in all a good run, and I'll be there again next year. Date of review: October 16, 2005
In short: Helpful Organisers and Friendly Participants In full: This was only my second ever race and the first one was this years Hydro Active (so a bit of a difference). Well sign posted and marshalled. Enjoyable. Date of review: October 16, 2005
In short: Tough race In full: A map in the pack would have been nice and made it easier to find. Once we got there though everything was ok route is a bit boring running round housing estates. Thought the course was tough lots of twists and turns. Marshalls on the run very good and friendly and nice finish on the running track. Might go back next year now I know where it is but a more scienic route would be nice. Very good value for money with family pass to David Lloyd and a T shirt. Date of review: October 16, 2005
In short: Good race with challenging hills In full: I thought the organisation was great and you knew where you were going at the end unlike other races. The last hill was hard and was a shame you did not know how far it was to go but it did make you work and felt good at the end when you had made it. The guy at the end with the mike was very good and gave you the extra ooomph to make it.
In short: Tough out with a nice downhill midsection. Sting in the tail on the last mile. In full: Crowded start made more difficult by the funfair. Tough uphill at the beginning then nice downhill out of town. Loose horse at 3 miles caused a stir. Uphill midsection for 4 miles but what goes up must come down. last mile and a half was an uphill slog with a good downhill sprint to the finish line. Closed roads, pleanty of water stations with bottles you could actually drink out of, nice scenery, fantastic weather and good support. Overall an excellent but challenging event. Not a PB race. See you next year. Date of review: October 16, 2005
In short: Good race through glorious scenery - the hills aren't as bad as they look either! In full: This was conspicuously well organised and was therefore a lot of fun with a friendly atmosphere. A huge thank you to the volunteers who made it all possible. Date of review: October 16, 2005
In short: V. challenging for beginners but a great race-need to do some hill training before next year! In full: I know it's a charity run and times aren't really the main focus, but there are many participants(serious runners and first timers) who put in a lot of training for this race so it would be great if the organisers could provide official race times and positions. Date of review: October 16, 2005
In short: Well organised and I thoroughly enjoyed it. In full: I wish that the people who moan about not being able to get PB would get a life. I do a lot of races and if I got a PB every time I would be in the Olympics. This was a multi terrain race and should be treated as such. I was struggling with the mud and soft ground as much as anyone. It was fun and a challenge. I heard people moaning about the hill at the end. They must be wimps. Where is the grit and determination. I am sorry for moaning but I just thought I would put another perspective on things. I thoroughly enjoyed myself. There are many races that are not as well organised. Being a bloke i was not concerned about the shortage of toilets and if all the the other blokes had done the same as i did there would have been enough for the women. Date of review: October 16, 2005
In short: Excellent course. Mildly undulating over parkland and quiet roads. P.B. potential as out and back course with return slightly downhill. Excellent facilities and good oranisation. Much better tyan Great North Run which is boring, over-rated and crowde Date of review: October 16, 2005
In short: Great views, well organised challenging mostly uphill In full: I started off very well averaging about 3.5 minutes to the kilometer, but I underestimated the hills en finsihed at 51 minutes. Not bad for my first race. Date of review: October 16, 2005
In short: Lived up to expectations - superbly organised race In full: Having read last years comments in this forum I was expecting a lot and I wasn't disappointed. Full marks to everyone involved, the organisation was just perfect. The course is certainly PB material if you are in good shape so ideal for any newcomer or seasoned pro. Every marshall and member of the public were very supportive. The facilities were first class, excellent parking, easy to find, showers, raisins, nice hot drinks (if you aim it at your mouth not over your top) and biscuits at the finish, decent medal and an option to but a colourful T Shirt which makes a change from all the drab ones you'll see elsewhere. I have nothing bad to say about this race at all unless you are the type that like glorious scenery for 26.2 miles... but it is fair to say it had it's fair share is beautiful countryside. I will be back (and I don't often say that)...for a PB when I'm all mended. Well done to everyone involved.
Special thank you to Mel and Mike for giving up their Sunday morning to come and shout at me :-) Date of review: October 16, 2005
In short: A very enjoyable Sunday run... In full: The most local 10K to me and proud of it. I enetered on the day and was impressed with the organisation, well done! Will be back for more next year... Date of review: October 16, 2005