In short: Pretty good but a few issues ! In full: Good atmosphere and reasonable organisation - starter was rambling on and then someone at the back shouted go and we seemed to be starting ! No 'layering' of expected times at the start so conjested and very slow first k which ruined many PB chances - nearly impaled on some posts that could have been better marked - friendly marshals but could have managed traffic and runners better - runners seemed to dangerously swarm across and back over some main roads in a few places with no control - tough hill after 5k but pleasant couse taking in Wimbledon Village - water stop undermanned and in too narrow a path - not really fully a road race as some parts across trail and grass - great goody bag and organisation at end and prompt prizegiving - impressive times by winners - road signs seem to be left for the day around the course !! Despite all that would still recommend as an enjoyable event ! Date of review: March 1, 2011
In short: Great Organisation and Great Goodies In full: Great organization and well Marshalled. Traffic was frustrating at times especially if your trying to run a PB. Very slow start but overall it was a good event with nice goodies at the finish line. Date of review: March 1, 2011
In short: Nice atmosphere but route the worse for wear (some muddy paths & puddles) In full: Nice atmosphere, friendly staff at registration, some charity groups which was encouraging and humane, nice goodie bags at the end Missed the clock so wondering how to get chip time. The course was very muddy and full of puddles in places, a real distraction particularly at the start. Not enough loos, missed the warm up as had to Q for about 15 mins to get to one of 10 porta-loos. Some cars around the coarse were going quite fast, a bit disconcerting. Date of review: February 28, 2011
In short: Definitely worth getting up for In full: Route was a good mix of on and off road, up and down hills. Well marshalled and signposted. Having the printouts of the finish times (it was chip timed) and the photos immediately after finishing was a nice touch, as was the presentation to the winners. A bit congested at the start, but it soon evened out. Plenty of water and goody bags at the end, even for us slower ones. Plenty of portaloos and bag storage. A well organised, friendly race. Date of review: February 27, 2011
In full: I live in Wimbledon and am keen to support local events. It ashame the residents of Wimbledon couldn't embrace these events a little more. The impatient dog walkers, car drivers and horse riders (who showed arrogance beyond belief) spoiled a rather nice run. Clearly common land is for everyones use this includes runners. Date of review: February 27, 2011
In short: had a blast and hope I will be in the area and can do it again In full: From the US, but was visiting friends in Wimbledon-so this race was a great fit! And it was a really fun race, the course was a bit of a challenge (there was a long up hill, and I never before had to negotiate horses on the path!) but it was great and I hope I'll be back in England to do it again! Date of review: September 14, 2010
In short: Well Organized Race - Well done In full: This was a well organised event with plenty of marshals en route. Easy chip pickup and free baggage. The hottest day of the year so far - 2 water stations were laid on as opposed to the one in the previous South London 10K which showed that the organisers were thinking about the runners! I managed to get a full cup of water! At the end there were loads of water and energy drinks to replemish the body and a well deserved medal too! Results were online same day! Well done Energized. Date of review: May 24, 2010
In short: Not bad - not particularly scenic... Soooo hot on the day. In full: A quick run down.... - Small-scale event, very friendly, well organised - Less than 200 runners this year - Probably due to the scorching temperatures on the day - Cheap as chips to enter - AND you get a medal
What else? After 10 minutes it occurred to me that it was actually dangerously hot for running a 10k race. Thoughts of beating my PB quickly went out of the window. It must have already been almost 25 degrees in the sun when we started.
What was the problem with the water stations? Bearing in mind we're out there sweating most of our bodyweight off, there were only 2 water stations. One half way, one just before the end. They gave us a plastic cup of water - but get this... it was only one-third full of water? If it's 25 degress out there, blazing sun, then surely we need something more?
By the end, and after an attempted sprint finish, my body temperature was rocketing. Thankfully, most of the runners gathered under the huge tree just past the finishing line. That was actually a really nice touch, since it was a small-scale race.
I'm so glad we got a medal, because it was punishing out there!
So, the water stations were poor, and running through the streets of Wimbledon wasn't too scenic, but this was south London after all - so I can't complain.
An average race that would have been better if it were cooler or the organisers picked up on the fact that it was going to be scorching out there.
I think I might do this one again, as it's cheap and relatively easy to get to. Date of review: May 24, 2010