In short: It was short, FACT! In full: This isn't a debate about Garmin accuracies. It was short, and times reflected this! The facts are the route was changed, I assume because it was deemed dangerous having a right turn on to Harcourt Ave, fair enough. But why was this only thought about on the day, why was this not relayed to the runners at the start? The marshals were excellent and did a brilliant job stopping traffic and offering encouragement. Shame the distance debate has taken the shine away from them. Date of review: February 14, 2011
In short: Length matters In full: As others said, the course we ran wasn't the the certified course as shown on the website - we turned into Harcourt Ave too early.
I guess that sort of thing happens occasionally. But as this race was short last year it smacks of carelessness rather than misfortune. Like others i would have done a great pb if it had been 10 miles.
Certainly won't be doing this again and i doubt it'll be in our club's grand prix again. Date of review: February 14, 2011
In short: Gutted course was short In full: The course that we ran was different to the course that was shown on the website map. In essence we cut off a section of road three times. What a shame as it's an excellent course for pbs. Also I finished in the top half of runners and there was no water at the end. Big shame. Marshalls were fantastic and atmosphere great too will have to look to Paddock Wood for a Pb next. Date of review: February 14, 2011
In short: A good charge out, who cares if it was short. In full: I get fed up with garmin wavers moaning about short this and short that. Enjoy the run. You were happy with distance measurement before garmins were around. They are not 100% accurate, get a life!! Date of review: February 13, 2011
In short: Enjoyable In full: This is the second time that I've done Sidcup and is one that I enjoy. I like having the laps as it means you know what is coming up and the second lap is quite entertaining as the other runners come whizzing by with words of encouragement.
The marshals are great - happy and cheerful and very encouraging - whether you are a fast or slow runner.
Good to see that they kept the water station out for the duration of the race, as last year it disappeared after the first lap. Date of review: February 13, 2011
In short: YOU ARE FU*KING JOKING In full: I've run this a couple of times previously, so when I finished in 63 mins and a couple of seconds I was very pleased to have knocked over 5 mins off my previous 10m PB. Rather gutted to now read people saying the course was short....very, very poor effort if that's true. I've never beaten 40mins for a 10k and at the 5mile mark a marshall was calling out the times and when he said 31 mins I was surprised as it would mean a 10k time of well under 40 mins....still heres hoping the course wasn't short, and I will break 90mins in a half marathon at Tunbridge Wells in a couple of weeks ! Date of review: February 13, 2011