In short: a glorious race In full: Ticks all the boxes. The course is beautiful with Beckenham Place looking glorious in its autumn colors. The terrain is interesting and varied XC but with some nice fast bits. The organisation is faultless. The marshalls were more enthusiastic and encouraging than any I've come across anywhere. Hot showers, complimentary tea and coffee, great homemade cakes and the bar open back at the club afterwards. What more can you ask for? I will be back every year. Date of review: November 14, 2012
In short: Challenging but fun In full: This off road run is organised by Beckenham Running Club who are a very decent and friendly local running club. The event is very well organised, well marshalled and they have a great amateur photographer who always turns up and posts great photos on flikr. You also get a nice cup of tea and delicious home made cake at the end! The race itself was hard work for me, as a relative trail novice, as it was very boggy underfoot, although the weather on the day itself was absolutely gorgeous. I managed to finish 28th out of a field of 200 odd in a time of 43.44 which I was happy with, being a good two minutes better than what I have achieved off road before. It was challenging but very enjoyable - I can certainly see the attraction of trail running over road running, even if I don't think I will ever quite embrace it the way some do! Date of review: November 12, 2012
In short: Weather conditions were good,very good trail course,good standard of competition plus a god medal. In full: 2nd year and enjoyed it again plus ran 5 minutes quicker as better conditions as course was fairly dry.Probably best trail race in the area as great scenery and challenging hills as well as lots of arshals and well mapped out with white flags and tape.I would recommend this if you haven`t done a trail 10K,you get a good medal and nice tea and cake when you get back to the club house. Date of review: November 13, 2011
In short: Nice off road run In full: A nice scenic off road run. A couple of hills thrown in along the way. Can't fault the organisation itself but agree with previous comment by Chigal about it being a bit of a clubby feel. It was lacking in a bit of banter. I did really enjoy the race itself and the cake afterwards was great. a big thanks to the marshals as well! Date of review: December 5, 2010
In short: Enjoyable as running through terrain i visited as a kid In full: Unusual style race in south london dont live there any more but always go back fair no of hills especially on the latter of each lap well organised but possibly one more drinks station might help will try for 3rd time next year 4 sure Date of review: November 22, 2010
In short: Challenging enough and well organised In full: First time I have entered this run, although judging by the number of club runners it is a popular event. Entry and start are in two different places, which is no bad thing as the entry is in the Cricket Club with warmth, showers and toilets whereas the start is obviously in the open.
Good course, almost completely off road through pleasant woodlands. Hardly a flat section on it (apart from the bike track), and the hills were all slippery yet all possible to run.
Encouraging and regular marshalls, good signage and co-operative dog walkers all made for a fine event. I don't imagine it's PB material but for a challenging run around a part of London I didn't know could accommodate such pleasant scenery it was well worth doing. Home made cake, tea and a medal were all bonuses, as was the finish times posted online by the afternoon in a searchable format. Date of review: November 22, 2010
In short: Pleasant trail run for a Sunday morning In full: I actually thought this was going to be more hilly than it was - not to say it was anywhere near flat but the 2 lap course wasn't filled with ups and downs. Not a PB course by any stretch. Long walk from HQ to start but once up and running a nice run, all off road, some across fields which saps the energy! Enjoyed it but not one of the classics. Will definitely do again though as the course was different to a normal road race. Date of review: November 22, 2010
In short: well organised race - except everyone with headphones!!! In full: It's always important to support local races. People rush all over the place without even looking on their own doorstep for races. Beckenham RC is only 4 miles from mine and as such, it is always good to be able to include the race in a LSR schedule on a sunday morning. Beckenham Place park is a nice bit of XC without having to dash out to the North Downs. I put this as the last 10k of my 20 mile run this morning. That said, my legs were OK and after a long run in the drizzle, still subbing 8 min miles was fruitful, although frustrating as there was not much in the tank.
The only issue I have with this race this morning is the number of people running with headphones on and oblivious to the people around them. In their own little world, not paying attention to others around them and the lack of awareness is something that needs stamping down on. XC races should be just that... appreciating the terrain rather than the next tune.