In short: Functional In full: This race is part of our club champ.s and I probably wouldn't do it if it were not. It is flat but quite twisty with much stepping on-and-off-pavements. There is a basic feel to the arrangements - a whistle started us off, without even a "ready" let alone any "set", and it must be one of the last road races still to be without chip timing. On the plus-side: water and a banana is plenty after a five miler. Oh, and the weather was positively mild this year! Date of review: December 4, 2011
In short: Good course and race for a novice like me and a special thanks to all the marshalls who were great at cheering everyone along In full: This is only the second race I have run, the first being a 5km and I was towards the back of the pack with a 51-52min finish time. Good distance, flat course, good facilities. I turned up on my own only knowing one other person through work there. As per my summary, a special thanks to the marshalls who really made a good effort to cheer everyone on and who's enthusiasm helped me round. Date of review: December 4, 2011
In short: Great well-organised race with good facilities available In full: Being covered with snow & ice, I gather the race was all set to be postponed, however the race organisers did all they could to clear and grit the paths and with a little luck with the weather the ice had thawed out by Sunday morning making for great, quick race conditions.
The organisation was great. The stewards were fantastically supportive giving the fact they were standing in almost zero degree temperatures.
Nice to finish on an athletics track and even nicer to have a warm, clean changing room with hot drinks available to thaw out in on a cold winter's day. Date of review: December 14, 2010
In short: Excellent race, well organised by ESM - they know what they're doing. In full: So lucky with the weather! Snow and ice gone, and the mildest day in weeks. Great goody bag for a value race. My 5th consecutive year, but my times are going backwards. Next year though.... Date of review: December 9, 2010
In full: Who would have thought running down Ruislip Rd East could be so much fun. Seriously though, the course isn't particularly inspiring as it twists and turns half on the pavement and half on park paths. Good finish on the Perivale track. Ealing, Southall and Middlesex is a very friendly club and the organisation and marshaling was excellent. Flat as a pancake so fast times possible despite the twists and turns. Great to have access to clean toilets and showers (and a cup of tea) in the clubhouse before/after. Definitely worth supporting. Date of review: December 6, 2010