In short: Flat and fast. 2 lap ideal warm up for Spring marathon In full: 2 lap course starting in central Kingston. Half the lap is along tow path next to Thames and is scenic and peaceful. Second half of lap is along open roads. This would not be so bad if it was not congested. The 8 miles runners are given a 25 min head start but many of the slower one are caught and passed. This does present a challenge as the faster 16 mile runners have to pass in the road. Also it is not ideal for the slower runners to have a swarm of runners barging pass them. One soultion is to give the 8 mile runners a 40 minute head start.
The marshalling is good and there are plenty of drink stations and more lucozade than you could ever wish for. The mug at the end is functional but I guess for some runners not a real momento of their efforts. Toilets appeared to be an issue as usual and perhaps there shoulf be more considering the size of the field. Good crowd support in Kingston town centre.
Plus as there are not many 16 mile race or courses as flat at this, you are almost guranteed a PB (the first time you run it!) Date of review: April 1, 2007
In short: Too congested and no loos on the course In full: In the end I did enjoy this race but I found the first 4 miles really congested and because the route was so narrow difficult to overtake. Lack of loos around the course was close to becoming a serious issue. Expected chip timing for a race this length - and price
Not sure if I would do it again Date of review: April 1, 2007
In short: A useful warm up race for a spring marathon but I am never keen on two lappers even though I've done this one many times before In full: Toilets appeared to be a problem with horrendous queues - placing the assembly area by one of our branch offices is a stroke of genius by the organisers, a bit like being on the Greenwich start for the London as I can take advantage!
I can understand the organisers thoughts when the couse was set up, left turns all the way and steering clear of crossing any major roads
Will be back for another 16 if I get accepted for next year's London or similar spring Marathon. Date of review: April 1, 2007
In short: Fast, flat muti-lap race In full: Thought the price of the 8 miles was quite steep so paid the extra £1 for the extra lap. It is a nice scenic run down by the Thames but not sure if there is a need to run along the roads when there are so many other green areas in such close proximity. If you do this you need to factor in the cost of parking, saved the £1 for the baggage store by leaving my kit in the car. Thought the marshalls did a good job with the traffic allowing for smooth run. Enjoyed the race but it was a long way to go for a cup! Date of review: April 1, 2007
In short: Not worth the money In full: I was disappointed by this one. I woul've expected a lot more for my money. No medal after 16 miles?! No chip timing. You had to pay £10 for the so called 'free' T-Shirt. No goody bag at finish. Nowhere sheltered or warm whilst waiting for the looooooong strangely staggered start. The maps were not that clear for anyone who is not local to Kingston. The toilets were a long way off and the queues were awful. I could go on but It's not worth the bother... Date of review: April 1, 2007