In short: Great flat scenic race but organisation a bit rubbish In full: Start went well, the route was fabulous, plenty of interest, flat and beautiful scenery helped out by some gorgeous weather. The drinks station at about 2 miles was pathetic, 2 people obviously not coping. They'd got it together by the revisit at 4 miles though. It was the total lack of water at the end of the race that was a bit of a surprise. And I didn't see hide nor hair of the promised medal. I'd do it again because the route was so good, but I'll make sure I have plenty of my own water waiting for me at the end next time. Date of review: February 11, 2006
In short: Great first 5miler. Seemed very flat to me. In full: Good mix of club and non club runners (c500 in total). I benefitted from strong field and clocked 33.58 (Target sub 38). Start was a bit congested but soon sorted itself out.Didn't notice scenery that much as focussed on running. I thought course had been accurately measured and was surprised to read comments of others. Mike (56) Date of review: February 11, 2006
In short: Nice weather and great flat course In full: I know this was a charity race but it was diappointing that they had run out of goody bags & water & we were by no means the last to finish. The marshalls were friendly & route was well organised. Nice & flat for a beginner! Date of review: February 11, 2006
In short: Great fun. First 1/2 so had to be a PB. Hills not a serious problem. In full: Recommended to a beginner if trained properly. Look for a PB elsewhere. 'Tiptoe Hill' was placed sadistically at 10m but not over-challenging. Leaving car park was problem in view of participant numbers. Mike (55) Date of review: February 11, 2006
In short: Worth entering In full: Didn't see any loos to comment about, didn't know about certificates and bananas had run out! But no objection to cost of entering the race as it is for charity, perhaps because it's only my second race - if I was doing one every couple of weeks it would probably feel expensive. Date of review: February 11, 2006
In short: Good to do this again. In full: I take part in a few races round Bute Park so the scenery is a bit "samey"but very enjoyable all the same. Good to see different faces.I know some clubrunners who couldn't race today due to X-country commitments,I also know a few who wont pay the entry either which is probably the one thing that is a bit of a downer. However I will be back. Not sure about the comment on "too many marshalls",if it gets people intersted then that has to be a good thing. Best wishes to all who ran and supported today !! Enjoy life,enjoy running !!! Date of review: February 11, 2006
In short: nice 3 lap race on a flat course In full: nice small field 3 lap course in Battersea park. a good one to run for a PB as the lap allows you to time your pace for each 3 km segment. the only problem was the distances marked out were apporoximations and not accurate, casuing difficulty in doing your splits. the overall lenght of the race of 10 is suspect as it felt more like around 9k. that needs attention for next year. great way to do an early preseason baseline run. great for a beginner 10k. will do it again. Date of review: February 11, 2006
In short: Enjoyed the run, even though it was at times slippy underfoot (particularly the second lap). I measured it short of 10K on gps...but would claim the satelites were wrongly alinged... Date of review: February 11, 2006
In short: Organisation was a shambles, bit too expensive and overkill on marshalls In full: this was my first competative race, i think the PB potential is good but the entry fee was extortion, even though it was for charity. they could at least half the marshalls on the day and the toilets could do with some work. apparently i was supposed to get a certificate aswell but i wasnt informed about it. hopefully it'll be better next year. i'd do it if they lowered the entry fee Date of review: February 11, 2006
In short: Friendly race and pleasent change not to see running club domination at the start line. Great run for novice runners to take part in. I'd wear different trainers if I did it again. Very slippy on second lap in woods. In full: I enjoyed this inspite of the cold. I thought it was short too with only 9.36 km on my gps. Officially it was 10k though so I'll claim I got a PB and my name on the 1st sheet of results not somewhere down the bottom of the list where it normally is. Only wish I'd worn some trainers with a bit more grip. The second lap in the woods got very slippy ofter the entire field had churned it up. Runners and organisers were all really friendly.
My only gripe is the entry was a bit steep and may have put some off. Possibly reducing the price in line with other 10ks in the area could attract more of the club runners who were notably absent and by boosting numbers help raise more cash and increase the charity's profile. Date of review: February 11, 2006
In short: Opinion possibly influenced by a PB :-) In full: Didn't notice any organisational problems - arrived by bike 15-20 minutes before the start, everything went smoothly. Nice to see bananas at the end instead of last year's confectionary. Last year there were numerous comments about the course being longer than 10K. As far as I could tell it was the same course this year and didn't feel more than 10K. Given the PB I'd be very surprised if it was too long. Date of review: February 11, 2006
In short: A good morning out + its for charity!!! In full: measured 9.41K on my GPS - would have liked a little extra (to make a full 10K).
T-shirt, mars bar and ki-ora type cup drink at finish (very retro - took me back to Saturday afternoons at the cinema when I was a kid) - strangely though, exactly the type of empty calories I crave at the end of a run!
Excellent parking and very easy to get to.
Would definitely do it again next year - especially as it's for charity!!! Date of review: February 11, 2006