In short: Good organisation. Pretty scenic once out of the town. Rural lanes etc. Undulating was a bit of an understatement for some of the hills, but all manageable, with a fast finish. Date of review: February 13, 2006
In short: An enjoyable, well organised race. Shame about the weather! In full: This was a fast course despite the wet and occasionally muddy ground. I am not adverse to hills but I'm not sure I'd describe the race as 'flat' however. The commentary before, during and after the race was excellent and helped cheer the spirits of damp spectators! Just to reiterate what others said- the first part of the race was far too narrow for the field size, this lost me a lot of time, especially as many of the slower runners were in the wrong time zones. Date of review: February 13, 2006
In short: From a marshal's/organising-club member's viewpoint In full: This is an established race on the road race calendar. In former, more traffic-free times it would have been more acceptable for athletes to run on the tarmac road, but sadly that isn't possible nowadays. Hence athletes were encouraged to stay on the pavement. There isn't much to do about the scenery, or lack of, but to be honest, Sidcup isn't *that* bad, as a suburban location. Our club is based in Lewisham, nearer Central London, where it would be even more difficult to plan a 10-mile road race route, especially one as flat and conducive to obtaining a PB. Myself and other marshals tried to encourage *all* participants, and the event, like any such event, took many people many hours of careful planning to ensure things went smoothly on the day, but that's what we and other clubs do to give something back to the sport. Hope others thought the event was worthwhile. Date of review: February 13, 2006
In short: Local, no frills 10 mile race, with decent quality field In full: Sidcup is never going to win in terms of scenery, but I rarely pay much attention to it when I’m racing so it doesn’t matter. What it does have is a flat course, with excellent PB potential and friendly marshals and little competition from other races. The finish could be improved (apart from the weather) was - the ‘line’ wasn’t obvious and several ‘lost’ seconds as they ‘finished’ too early.
In short: Mud, fog, hills - what more can you ask? In full: The mud was deep, the fog thick and the hills more like mountains but it was still great. Few more direction arrows would be good as quite a few did get lost, although my detour was not as far as some. Marshalls were fantastic, especially the ones standing all alone in exposed foggy places for hours - still smiling and encouraging. Special thanks to the ladies who hosed us down and undid shoe laces !!! Would have been even better if we could have had a nice shower before the drive home. I'll still return for more punishment next year. Date of review: February 13, 2006
In short: Fab Fab Fab In full: Loved this race - my second time and I found it lot's easier than last year - I guess I am fitter and maybe the start is easier without the pull out of the woods as previously? Although it was awful running past the previous finish line knowing you still had it plus more to do
A big big thank you to the marshalls, brilliant as always. Maybe it's because I am slower than a lot of people but I had no problem finding my way around, the only time it was difficult (which is I think where people went wrong first time) was across the short valley, but that was because of the fog - can't mark for that? We were guided across by the marshall's eerie voice coming out of the fog!
In short: Despite weather excellent race, well marshalled and organised. In full: The narrowing of the start is a pain but would affect people less if they went in the right time "pens" !! Course is good but memory wasn't, ran a great 10 miles but the relatively small hills through miles 11 & 12 caught the old legs out. Still a PB though. Date of review: February 13, 2006
In short: Crap weather, well organised watch out for the cars between 1 and 3K In full: First race ever so you could say it's difficult to be objective. However, the atmosphere was good and it encouraged me to go again. Overall the organisation seeemed good particularly at the start and finish, although it was difficult to hear the starter. Date of review: February 13, 2006
In short: Idea for Marathon Training, especially as London is flat! In full: well, I was warned it was hilly but I wasn't expecting one at every turn! excellent organisation, cheery marshalls and some funky music at some of the marshalled points. Thanks to everyone at the water statiosn, and collecting all the empties..... I haven't ached for a long time, but today I am aching all over.... Date of review: February 13, 2006
In short: Did not enjoy this one! In full: Definatly not one i'd run again. running surface was mostly paving slabs that were hard on your legs & hips. 3 laps meant you could not tell if people overtaking were because you were slowing down or faster runners lapping you! Route became crowded at the start due to the fact that most of the race was on the pavements. Environment was boring, there is only so much urban housing estate you can stomach, and seeing the same views 3 times over was even worse.
Only benifits was that it is a fast course...so took a PB here and the facilities were reasonable.
In short: Good race despite weather In full: Really enjoyed the race, especially the scenery around the villages near Wokingham - was tempted to pop into the Green Man pub for a quick pint! Thank you to all the supporters and marshalls for cheering us all on. The only downpoints were the idiot drivers trying to drive through runners on the start line and the bottlenecks in the first mile, but overall a great race and I'd recommended it to anyone. Date of review: February 13, 2006