In short: I'm blowdy knackered after that, but the smile is beaming! In full: Not lying when they say "tough and hilly", just glad it was on asphalt. Mega positive was the marshalls who were all cherpy and offered much encouragement. Date of review: February 12, 2006
In short: Potential pb course In full: The first 7 kms were lovely - but the last 3 were disappointing. Well organised with good marshalling. The weather was lousy but they couldnt do anything about that, or could they ? Date of review: February 12, 2006
In short: Very well organised race. First 6km run on roads and quite flat. Last 4km run on residential pavements which are not in good repair, so watch your feet. I especially like this event as there is a photograph on the internet of every competitor. Date of review: February 12, 2006
In short: Shame the weather was not good, otherwise lovely In full: Only one crititism that was the bottle neck at the start I spend 4 miles trying to make up the lost time. why not run us out the other way directly onto the road?? Date of review: February 12, 2006
In short: Fast, flat course - nice location In full: Definite PB material, course was fast and flat with few bottlenecks once past the start. Major improvement on previous year with switch in location but the fine weather helped. Date of review: February 12, 2006
In short: Muddy fun In full: My first race and it rained! The course was ok for a beginner (even with the very muddy hill). Undulating is a good description - not too hilly. Marshalls all ok for the 5k. Nice to get a medal. No proper storage facilities. Overall good fun. Date of review: February 12, 2006
In short: Excellent race...will definitely do it again In full: Excellent organization: changing rooms, bag storage, toilets, cheerful marshalls, refreshments, midrace water supply (even if a bit difficoult to use), free t-shirt for all finishers, free chocolates at the end ;o) Despite the rain and cold weather it was really an excellent event. To be done...and repeated! Date of review: February 12, 2006
In short: Quick, Well Organised, Friendly Race In full: This is without doubt a quick and well organised race. The marshalling is excellent, the atmosphere is friendly and there are more than adequate changing and parking facilities. Also, there is the bonus of the tes, coffee, chocolate, sandwiches for sale afterwards, oh, and a nice medal at the end.
I only have two things to comment about, it would have been nice to have had a clock at the finish line showing the race time. Secondly, is it not possible to stop people driving out of the car park until the race is over? I know there is a large gap in abilities of runners, but everyone pays the same entry fee. You don't see 7 or 8 cars trying to get out of the finishing straight when the first few runners are finishing, so why is it acceptable to do this when the last few are finishing. I find this very rude and insulting. I always stay to the end to cheer on the last of the runners, (finished in approx 70 mins) and had an hours drive home, and if we can do this, so can others!
Will be back next year though. Date of review: February 12, 2006
In short: Nice flat course but too many laps made for boring scenery. In full: This was my first 10k and I was made to feel very welcome - not too many elite runners! However, there were 3 laps around the park, which was tough mentally on the final lap. Also, the marshalling was very poor - my friend got confused at the end of her second lap as the marshalls did not ask spectators to move out of the way of the runners, and she actually went across the finish line by mistake so missed out on completing the race! Good intentions though. Date of review: February 12, 2006
In short: Good for first timers, good for PB's Good race In full: Only my second 10k (I'm a newbie) and definitely one to do again. Good atmosphere, excellent marshalls, they all have a positive thing to say as you go past.
Friendlier runners than lots of other runs I've done so far.
A MASSIVE thanks to Simon (one of the organisers) & Elliott (his wee boy) for the lift to the petrol station as I ran out of fuel in the car park at the end!! Forever grateful. Thank you gentlemen. xxx Date of review: February 12, 2006
In short: A regular favourite for me. In full: Have competed in this race regularly and never been disappointed. Very well marshalled, seemed to be even better this year with the relativley minor problem of some cars driving through the runners just prior to the start. Rain and overcast conditions spoilt the occasion a little but it is February so you take what you get. Always a good indicator for how London training is going.
Thanks again to all organisers and helpers. Date of review: February 12, 2006