In short: Excellent race this year, and much better organised that previous years by all accounts In full: To have 22,000 runners on a narrow course and allow those who want to run fast do so requires excellent organisation, and the organisers certainly pushed the boat out to let this happen this year. The three wave starts worked well (although I was very near the front of the first wave, so can't comment on the others), although I can imagine it would take you a long time to cross the start if you were in the last wave (some people I spoke to took 30 minutes just to get over the start line!). The marshalls did a fab job (full marks to the guy who had to shout "mind the ramp" 22,000 times!!). I would have given this full marks for organisation, but the shortage of toilets let it down slightly. Date of review: September 4, 2005
In short: Killer first 3 miles In full: Well organised, very friendly. Definitely do it again. Unfortunatley cloud/mist obscured the "reward" of the view at the top of the hill at 3 miles, but it also kept the temperature down - so you can't have everything! Date of review: September 4, 2005
In short: Fantastic In full: This race took you from the playing fields of Harrow School up the hill to Harrow School itself. It was a glorious day and a fabulous race. Well organised, friendly marshalls and a friendly atmosphere. Well done.
In short: The Late Start, 11am, made this race VERY Hot and Very Hard Work In full: On a very hot day the 11am start was the only small issue with this race.
Very Nice touches with the music out on the course at 5 miles, great organisation, parking, drinks, etc.
This is not a PB course , apart from the heat, there were very uneven sections of grass track across the fields in which there are hidden potholes and ruts. Care needed to be taken to avoid twisting ankles which slowed times. Date of review: September 4, 2005
In short: Someone needs to measure what 10k actually is! In full: According to my Garmin and those of 3 others in my group, this was 8.8k at best. Would have been nice to know about the hike from the station for those of us on trains - Hampton Court means Hampton Court to me, not a mile down the road! Loved the sudden unexpected string quartet at 4k! Lovely day! Date of review: September 4, 2005
In short: Great organisation, pleasant setting, loads of friendly marshals In full: No traffic problems, an nicely early start (9am), plus great organisation means this is definitely on next year's to-do list. Date of review: September 4, 2005
In short: Another great Shorne 5...I'll be back yet again!!! In full: All my comments from last year apply. The organisation is superb and the race has a real friendly air to it. Every single marhsall around the course offered encouragement without exception. The course it challenging, but very scenic. Makes a change to have no road sections whatsoever in a race!!! Medal bigger, better AND engraved this year! Well done to the organisers! Date of review: September 4, 2005
In short: Great day out In full: Not designed for runners wanting a PB, hard to compete for space with 22,000 others. But, great goody bag and medal and all for a good cause. Would definately do this again Date of review: September 4, 2005
In short: Scenic but demanding. In full: Great scenery, but makes you work hard. The 1st half is hilly, and I took most of the 2nd half to recover! Lots of stiles to negotiate - these give you a breather, but can also break your stride. I hear that the front runners took a wrong turn, thus I've marked the organisation down slightly. Also, I measured the distance on my GPS and mapping software - 6.03 miles, thus somewhat short of 10k! Very enjoyable, none the less. Date of review: September 4, 2005
In short: Cracking little race with lots of very friendly local support and well organised start and finish with much to do for waiting family. Route itself is challenging with some fairly ardous hills. Freindly marshalling and 10 private water stops. HOT !!! Date of review: September 4, 2005