In short: Very friendly! In full: Throughly enjoyed it! Great atmosphere. Hilly? Coming from the South Downs I thought that it was flat! Second half was across fields and grass so one had to watch one's footing, making it a slightly slower than PB race. They still have not put the results on the web which is disappointing! Date of review: July 3, 2005
In short: Thinking about having a Stannah Stair-Lift fitted in my house after this one. In full: I am sure the scenery is really beautiful but you spend so much time looking at your feet on the descents & trying hard not to look up on the ascents that you don't really get to see any of it. I feel proud of myself just for finishing it. It's the communist wet dream of a race with everyone supporting each other. It would bring a tear to Lenin's eye! I added 58 mins on to my half marathon PB. A very tough mental attitude was required as my co-ordination went going down the steps near the end. Top day out. Date of review: July 3, 2005
In short: too hot, too steep and too expensive even though good cause In full: It's a lovely place but something is wrong with the organisation when the race start has to be delayed by 40 minutes because the competitors can't get in. It's also expensive to enter but the money doesn't go to Cancer Research but to the admin. Cancer Research gets the money from the sponsorship - and there is a limit to how many times ones friends will give you money to go running. However, I will always be grateful to this series for gettting me started. Date of review: July 3, 2005
In short: Frustrating In full: Lack of organised pens at the start meant that people wanting to run were behind groups of walkers even after 2kms. A 10k with great potential - shame. Date of review: July 3, 2005
In short: Excellent, low key friendly event In full: Having read some of the review of the British 10k i'm glad I elected for this one.
I very enhoyable morning run with a lovely stretch along the Thames Tow Path and a quick woodland twist near the end before finishing back on the village green.
By my calculations it was one water station light compared to the event details and the mile markers could have done with being a bright yellow rather than estage agent blue but apart from that it was a well marshalled, well organised morning which everyone seemed to enjoy.
In short: Pricey & frustrating but oddly enjoyable In full: Had all sorts of problems initially with securing a place(s) on line, never got any correspondence from the organisers and had to beg for a race pack. Couldn't believe the twenty minute delay after the race started to run and then have never had such a thrill ducking and dodging runners, walkers and stallers. Worst ever 10k time though had a smile on my face throughout. Nike did an excellent night 10k on a grand scale(30,000) last November and the organisers could learn bucketloads from them. Date of review: July 3, 2005
In short: Course is good but everything else is terrible and the organiser, one Michael O'Reilly, seems to just be interested in pocketing your money and making promises that aren't kept. In full: Good - it's a 10k around central London and suitable as a 'mass run' for beginners - and that's it.
When I entered the entry promised race-packs would be sent out 4 weeks before the event (says that for next years entry too). If you live inside the M25 (or in my casde afew miles outside it) you found out a few weeks before the run that you had to travel to Picadilly to collect your pack.
Talking of the race pack - I assumed that a 'high quality t-shirt' meant good not poor quality and in the correct size that you signed up for. From various forums it appears people got wrong sizes, torn and dirty ones. You was also promised discount vouchers on training equipment courtesy of New Balance and Sweatshop and discount on two for one purchases to some of London's leading West End theatre productions - in fact all you got was a voucher for 25p off 'Radian B'.
The start was supposed to be in 'pens' according to your time, I saw two, one for 30-40min and one for 1-1:15 hour - initially I stood somewhere between the two as I thought I'd get round in 50min. However, as everyone else ignored them and the two 'stewards' who were supposedly controlling people at the start I wandered off to nearer the front. If you are going to have pens they need to be properly setup and marshalled.
Another promise was that at the finish you would receive a 'Hadham Water post race recovery drink' - I got a bottle of water (though it appears later finishers didn't even get that as they had run out!
On a minor point, the medal was supposed to have the Cenotaph on the reverse (there was a lot made of this being the 60th anniversary of the end of WWII - needless to say the Centotaph was not on the medal.
Another thing I picked up from the forums was that a lot of complaints were either dealt with rudely (i.e. abuse on the phone or calls hung-up) or totally ignored.
My advice, do not run this race. It is badly organised (and was the same when I ran it in 2001 so they don't improve) and the people running it make promises that are not kept. They do not seek to make improvments on constructive complaints from previous years (e.g. lack of water for slower runners) and are only interested in getting nearly £30 off of you.
Nike 10k - 'Just do it' British 10k - 'Just don't' Date of review: July 3, 2005
In short: A really well organised race with some very good runnung particularly in the first half. Would like bottles of water handed to me rather than help yourself cups which seemed to get water everywhere except where needed but otherwise one of the best Date of review: July 3, 2005
In short: What a brilliant race. In full: Excellent organisation. More water points than you could shake a stick at. Lovely and varied scenery. Very cheap to enter. Delightful marshalls. The whole race was understated and excellent to run. Date of review: July 3, 2005
In short: This is how to organise a race.Sufficient water and marshals all the way round-even for the slow ones and a great big cheerat the end.Thankyou mansfield-you could show some other organisers a thing or two! Date of review: July 3, 2005
In short: This was an exellently organised race. Water was plentiful and marshals were brilliant In full: This race is definately on my calendar for 2006. It was unlike any half I have done before with an 'interesting' mix of road, paths, woodland and fields! Quite tough going in places but well worth it - passing through a number of picturesque villages. Date of review: July 3, 2005
In short: It's not called "tough" for nothing. In full: A nice run out of Skipton for 2km then it's the 5km's of climbing that give it its well-deserved name. But what a view if you take the time to look over your left shoulder. I really enjoyed the challenge and the support from a small but friendly team of marshalls. A nice way to spend a July Sunday morning.