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
In full: I like this race and it has my PB 73 mins. But what happenened this year? I and another runner from my Club thought that moving the start and finish would mean a full 10 mile run so how come it was so short? I wanted 75 mins today but injury pervented this and I finished in 78 mins so that was ok. I will come back tho Date of review: February 13, 2011
In short: In two minds? In full: Although the short course was a let down, I actually really enjoyed this race, thanks to my Garmin I knew the course was short and so once I crossed the finish line I kept going till 10miles so no big deal, the marshalls were great all around the course, the route was fine and the school facilities did the job, overall for £8 the race did the job, nicely organised and well surported. Date of review: February 13, 2011
In short: Our club name is S.E.S runners, the 1st S is for Sidcup, so we had to do it. GREAT In full: Facilities were great, parking bril. Okay - 3 laps did get a bit tedious, but I was almost done in (going for a PB) so I wasn't too bothered that I'd seen all there was to see again. Glad the weather held off. There is the issue of the course being short but if it was approved, perhaps all the Garmins were "pinging" off the same satellites, which may have measured short (long shot I know) BUT I am happy to put down a PB of 1.16. Max respect to all the marshals who were full of support and encouragement. That made me feel good. I was a bit miffed that there wasn't a more adequate drinks station at the end with fruit and / or a goodie bag. All I got was 1/3 cup of water! I wonder if the route could be put through the park by the church so as to break up the pavement pounding. Overall, the Sidcup.Erect**n.Section (SES runners) all did PB's and had a slap up fry-up afterwards. Date of review: February 13, 2011
In short: Cheated - Very Short! In full: Done this many times before but will have to think long and hard before returning. Feel cheated by the very short course. It has always been a quick course but to make it 9.7m is very disappointing. Please can we have the additional 0.3m back please! Date of review: February 13, 2011
In short: Enjoyable race ... and very local for me! :-) In full: I was really pleased with my performance especially when I noted that I'd knocked 5 minutes off my PB and got it down to 1:21! Imagine my disappointment when I read it was 1/4 mile short! However, it would still have been a PB for me, so I'm still happy about that!
Marshalls were jolly and supportive. I've got nicer medals, but it's another one to the collection!
Overall, I enjoyed this race and I'm pleased I did it! Date of review: February 13, 2011
In short: Short course. In full: Drove a long long way to do this race. If you got a PB like I did, it doesnt count. Short by a quarter of a mile!! Thats a discrace in anyones eyes! And the medal was the cherry on the cake! Date of review: February 13, 2011
In short: Dull-ish course, but good atmosphere In full: Well marshalled and enjoyable race. That said, having seen the comment below I'm a bit concerned about the distance. My GPS also measured it to be about a quarter mile short, but I had assumed that was the device, since the race website says it is an SEAA certified exact distance. Date of review: February 13, 2011