In short: Great to run in Kew Gardens, but at a price! In full: Very nice run, well-marshalled. It was great to be able to start in Kew Gardens, and the course was all pleasant, despite a bit of mud by Ham Common. I often run down that way so was expecting the rough path, but it may have caught some people by surprise. The mile markers were rather lacking (or misleading). Not enough drinks stations - at 2, 6 & 11 miles, not enough - if you hadn't picked up a bottle of sports drink at the first or second station, you would have suffered. Expensive, too, especially as there are never any small tshirts left by the time I finish - why do they get so many big sizes? Runners generally aren't massively fat. A very nice race, though, and I'd do it again next year. Date of review: September 25, 2013
In short: Tough Multi Terrain Half Marathon In full: My first race for over a year after injury and excited for it to be a race I hadn't run before. Not as fit as I thought I was finishing in 1hr 32mins but found the multi terrain which included grass and the uneven Thames Towpath quite tough. However its more satisfying doing well in the tougher races and I would like to run it again. Organisation was good and the medal, running t-shirt and beer was a good touch. Date of review: September 24, 2013
In full: I enjoyed this run, especially having the festival and kids races afterwards, such a scenic course. The organisation was generally pretty good (except for the t-shirt queue) and the atmosphere was nice and friendly. I couldn't hear the megaphone announcements either, like some people have mentioned on here and also I would have liked to be able to see the finish a bit more clearly, to know where I was going to finish!
My Garmin measured the course at 13.2, which seems fair enough as I probably wobbled off the racing line a bit at times.
But I am starting to wonder if I just hallucinated the fact that there were no water stations between 6 and 11 miles, and that there was no energy drinks at the 11 mile water stop (although plenty at 3 miles, strangely, which seems to be the wrong way around?) Maybe I was just so knackered that I ran straight past the water station without seeing it? Either way, I was desperate for some water by the time I finally found the station at 11 miles, and could finally take my gel properly. The river water almost started to look tempting at one point...
(And did I also hallucinate the teddy bear's picnic, inside Kew Gardens?) Date of review: September 23, 2013
In short: Great Race - Especially for an inaugral event In full: I really enjoyed this event. I was a little concerned in the run up as I knew the course quite well and wasn't sure how 2000 people would fit along the towpath. In actual fact, the half an hour betweent the 10k and half seemed to provide adequate time for runners to fan out along the course.
I actually thought the race did provide value for money. I signed up with the early bird price, and to get free entry to kew gardens, a nike technical t-shirt, a beer AND a medal for that? Pretty good value in my book.
I've done a few inaugral events in my time, and there's been absolute chaos, not the case here. there were a couple of minor glitches, leaving the starting pace boards at the finish, mile markers were questionable at times, but I had my garmin so this didn't bother me. It was also the first race I've ever done that was absolutely spot on on distance. mine said 13.10 miles!
Overall, I thought organisation and communication was really good, Big thumbs up to the organisors, and I would definitely do this again. Date of review: September 23, 2013
In short: Enjoyable trek around leafy Richmond! In full: I really enjoyed this one. Flat as a pancake so PB potential there, although the mud and slippery areas in places didn't help this. Running through Kew was very enjoyable.
For a first race i thought the organisation, at the start and finish at least, was superb. A few gripes that others have mentioned, such as mile markers out of place, but nothing I would consider a serious issue. The race got off on time and ran smoothly throughout (compare and contrast with the farce that was run to the beat). The marshalls were very enthusiastic and clear in their instructions. T shirt looks great and London Pride goes down well after a 13 mile slog! Got to have a breif chat with one of my favourite runners (Sonia O Sullivan) afterwards too which capped a really enjoyable day.
Touch wood I'll be back. Well done to all involved. Date of review: September 23, 2013
In short: Great first event In full: Really good course though the river flooding overnight didnt help the Thames path, beautiful scenery and the Kew Gardens start was great. It is a multi terrain course and some of the ground on the Thames Path is tricky to run on at the best of times. Despite that managed a 30 second PB just ducking under 92 mins. Good t-shirt and medal too - think i'll be back for more next year. Date of review: September 23, 2013
In short: Nice flat mixed terrain course In full: Good first effort from Richmond. Need more people at water stations handing out and I suspect the last station may have run out before the end. To the announcer, either get a louder system for your announcements or stand to the side, as you couldn't be heard past 20m back. NB your site said 'race pace', but on the day that just seem to be a request for runners to line up in expected pace order and that didn't work. Date of review: September 23, 2013
In short: Nice race but lots of room for improvement In full: Hard to know about this race in the future because if it gets any bigger it will be too congested in Kew gardens and the early parts of the Towpath. The price is too expensive for a non UKA run, i didnt mind the mile markers being hand written but i did mind the mile markers being in the wrong place, Mile Marke 2 was at 1.83 and mile 10 was also a lot out. But the others where ok so only a minor detail but still something that any race should get right. The race measured 13miles on my Garmin so came up short another runner also told me that theirs came up just short. Garmins arent 100% but ALL my race are always over the distance. The water stations were also under staffed, i had to pick up the cups from the table and i was towards the front of the field so it must have been worse further down. Not a big problem but a little annoying if you are chasing a PB. these issuses are easily fixable. Good atmosphere at the finish and a really nice T-shirt, this is a good fun run but not worth £34. Bring down the price, sort the these few issues and then i may well come back as the Route is lovely Date of review: September 22, 2013