In short: Great course and well organised In full: Thoroughly enjoyed the event. My first 10k in quite a while and my girlfriends 1st (I think she enjoyed it as she's still talking to me). The event isn't over subscribed (which is a bonus) and plenty of room to stretch your legs so theres PB potential. Very hard to fault. Cheap to enter and very well organised. Scenic course and good atmosphere. Was warm but not too bad. Thanks to all the Lee Valley Park volunteers! Date of review: July 12, 2011
In short: Scenic canal run, flat course - pb potential & wide open expanse of the Lee Valley In full: I agree with previous comments on the day the Marshalls where great at encouraging all the runners. Scenic route away from the roads and plenty of fresh air. A PB on the card if you flat courses all the time. Race will become better by 2012 as the site has the Lee Valley White Water Centre which will form part of the Olympics. Date of review: July 18, 2010
In short: A well organised race In full: Really enjoyed the race. A lovely course and a great set up. Nice atmosphere at the start / finish with the band, massage tent, stalls etc. Congratulations to the organisers and to the marshalls who provided great encouragement going round. Date of review: July 9, 2010
In short: Attractive, well-organised race in a great location. In full: This is probably my favourite race of the 10-15 I've done so far in my fledgeling running career. The River Lee Country Park makes a great venue for a race with it's scenic, winding footpaths running alongside streams, lakes and canals providing an attractive and traffic-free route. It's very organised with marshals at each turn and almost every one clapped and gave encouragement as I went by. Much appreciated!
The start is located in a large field with loads of room for parking only a few hundred yards away so you can leave all your stuff in your car and only have to find space to carry a key while running. There's music, refreshments and free massages going on too giving a nice relaxed atmosphere, great for beginners. This is also the only race I've done where there has been enough toilets provided to avoid massive queues!
It's a very flat race and the footpaths are mostly paved so there is decent potential for a PB here. Some bits are rather twisty though and, what with it being July and rather hot, there are certainly faster races out there if that's what you are looking for. Personally I managed to beat my time from last year but not quite manage a PB.
You only get a bottle of water and a T-shirt at the end, but if it helps keep the cost down to a tenner then I'm all for it! All in all, it's a great event that's very difficult to fault, I'm surprised it's not more popular! Date of review: July 5, 2010
In short: Hot! In full: Bit of a bundle at the start and i stupidly went out too quick and paid for it for a couple of km. Good route, good atmosphere, good parking and good organisation. Nice t-shirt (is it the wrong way round?) and only negative point for me was that the ice lolly i chose wasn't the one i thought it was. Date of review: July 5, 2010
In short: Yes mark this race In your calender for next year great setting beginner friendly well marselled In full: It Is very hard to fault this race. As long as results are out quick I won't be able to fault this race well done see you next year. To have 3km fun run after main race was a great Idea. Date of review: July 5, 2010