In short: Just simply the best club organised race in my book In full: Love it. Will do this for as long as my legs allow. I live all of 60 seconds walk from the start, so to have my favourite local race on my doorstep was bliss. Held in the awesome Bushy Park you won't get much better scenic 7.1k races on a Friday evening anywhere. It's not quite on a course allowing for top speed due to the grass parts, but you still get some World Class runners turn up and run World Class times. Where else can you mix it with Olympians and World Champions in such a setting? Atmosphere for me is what makes this race so special - being cheered on by almost every other spectator and having fellow runners remark on this during the race sums it up. The post race gathering on the Cricket Pitch afterwards is always fun. The key-lime green t-shirt is pretty nice. I like the colour and design. I always want to have a great race as this one means so much to me, and if you take part in it, you'll come to love it too. Date of review: August 1, 2009
In short: I did not like this race...I loved it In full: I had problems finding the start of the race, the bus drivers and the locals had never heard of Hampton high street or Hampton hill, except for one jogger! I eventually found the start of the race and I realised what a beautiful park it was. This race was chip timed – which you attach to your trainers. At the start of the race a gentleman explained that the Wedding day 7k race was to celebrate the marriage of Prince Charles and Princess Diana. During the race I had no choice but to take it easy; because throughout the race, I was carrying an injury and I also recently I had my wisdom tooth taken out. The race started and finished on grass and was generally on a flat terrain. I give my thanks to the Marshalls who shouted ‘well done Orpington’ during my race. Despite my injuries I managed to finish the race and secure myself a green ‘Wedding Day’ t- shirt for my effort and a voucher for a bottle of ‘for Goodness shakes’. I’ve always wanted to do this race and I was happy it did not disappoint my expectations which allowed me to ignore the pain. This was a well organised and a well marshalled race. I would also like to give a tribute to Sir Bobby Robson (18 February, 1933 – 31 July2009). You are the Greatest Manager that ever lived in England. Rest in Peace, and God bless.
In short: One word - fantastic! In full: This was a fantastic race and a fantastic event for the whole family. Great organisation, very encouraging marshalls and even a BBQ at the end. Great surprise that the kids got a T shirt after their race - and so appreciated. Will definitely be back next year and would recommend it to all. Date of review: August 1, 2009
In short: A great race for experienced and first time runners In full: This was my 6th time, and as always very friendly and well organised. Definitely on my calendar foor next year. Well done Father Onn and the Stragglers running club. Date of review: July 31, 2008
In short: Enjoyable race In full: Another good race and another PB, though I don't do that many 7.2k races. Looking forward to next year, must try harder to beat Sonia O'Sullivan! Date of review: July 31, 2008
In short: One of the best running events anywhere In full: Probably the only place on the planet where Charles and Diana's nuptials are still celebrates - a fantastic event, wonderful atmosphere all supervised by "Father Onn" - a man of the cloth who mixes a dog collar with running shorts, sandals and stripey socks.
In short: 4 on the trot In full: My fourth year doing this and I still hold it as one of my favourite runs. It's unique in distance, unusual in it's chosen day and start time but has all the trappings of a friendly, fun and even furious race. As long as I can do I'll be doing this year on year. Date of review: July 27, 2008
In short: What? No rain? In full: At last, a summer's evening running! A great event and well worth returning to. Offspring, traffic and parking problems meant arriving 10 minutes before the start - so unprepared, not hydrated, not focused - no surprise I had a dog of a run. Thanks to the marshal at 5K for his water. Thoroughly enjoyable evening and will be back. Date of review: July 26, 2008