In short: Thoroughly enjoyable, and priced just right! In full: The weather was warm, the skies were clear, and the sun shone down upon what seemed to be a couple of hundred runners ready to do two laps of the beautiful Bushy Park. With three car parks, there are plenty of places for competitors to park. It is also served fantastically by public transport.
The registration process on the day was quick and simple. From there, a steward escorted us to the start line where an air horn marked the start of the run.
The course was well marked in terms of direction, with the encourageable stewards on most corners. The 2Km and 7Km markers were a little short though. It's a lovely flat course, but can get very windy.
Upon completion of the first lap, two ladies were stood offering bottles of water to passing runners. Pacing towards the finish was a joy as it was to a generous cheer and applause from both the locals and fellow runners. Numbers were noted as we passed the finish line and the queuing began to receive medals, t-shirts, and a voucher for Specsavers.
For Â£10, it's just about right. Bushy Park on a warm day is one of my favourite runs, and thoroughly recommended! Date of review: March 7, 2010
In short: Getting better. Friendly. Just needs a bit more professionalism. In full: I agree with other reviewers.In general,great. And better than last year. But sorry,lady with the 2k,7k placard didn't even have it pointing in our direction,even when she saw us coming.Would a 5k marker not be good too? Finish line indistinct (line of sawdust on ground?) But good value- water good,medal nice,tee shit basic but appreciated. Bravo. Oh, couldn't the starter be a bit more enthusiastic and welcoming? It is a FUN run! Date of review: March 7, 2010
In short: Great weather, great surroundings, but needed better organisation In full: I am sure the intentions of everyone involved were great, but would a few more distance markers have been out of the question?? And the few they had (3 & 7KM) were totally inaccurate. not much excuse for that to be honest - particularly as it was flagged on these forums last year. However, a t-shirt, medal and PB all for the princely sum Â£10 made it a pretty good morning. Date of review: March 7, 2010
In short: Beautiful day, location and run. Organisation, esp. at end not great. In full: Love running in Bushy Park. Great location for a 10k, and a lovely day for it. Went OK, but organisation seemed haphazard. Why no clear marker/indication for the Start line? Why was the 2k/7k lady standing at more like 1.5k/6.5k? Why no clear finish line? Not prepared for handing out medals/T-shirts at the end, so lots of people milling about not quite sure what was happening. Other than that everything was peachy! ;) Date of review: March 7, 2010
In short: Very friendly and enjoyable 10k In full: First time I have run in Bushy Park and I will be back! Small number of people, but quickly got left at the back on a 01:03:30 PB! Still felt like I was running a race though - and thoroughly enjoyed! It is challenging as there is not the support on route of the big races, although scenery helps you focus! Date of review: October 7, 2009
In short: Very good but 2k/7k markers incorrectly positioned - about 0.5k out. In full: Generally good but for a couple of niggles including a water station at the half-way which included bottles of water on the ground without anybody to hand them out (although there was cups of water being handed out about 30m up). Would've been good to have more km markers out there, correctly positioned as well. Otherwise JPR Williams (ex-Wales rugby pro) was on hand to give out the medals and t-shirts (nice touch) and well worth the £10 entry fee. Date of review: October 7, 2009
In short: Flat, fast, low key race in a very scenic location In full: I really enjoyed this race. I do a lot of fitness work in Bushy Park and love the way it's very flat and very scenic. Only 120 or so runners made it quite a small race. The marshalls at the mid point and finish were very friendly and encouraging but the others around the course could have done with cheering up a bit! My advice for next time would be to clearly indicate the finish line as I wasn't sure when to stop at the end. Overall though, a really nice run out. Date of review: October 5, 2009