In short: Not bad In full: I have done this run last year and was pleased to notice a few improvements, for starters the start line was positioned differently, still there were only 4 portaloos but the fact that we had a set of park toilets a few metres away was brilliant! Thanks!!! Pricewise it was a bit steep for what you get plus you had to pay £1 for the bag storage which I thought was a bit unfair especially for people raising sponsorship (I hope other charities don't do this as well now!) but as the money goes towards a good cause this aspect could be overlooked. The course had a water station and the marshalls were lovely and supportive, we were all absolutely freezing but looking at the bright side at least the runners were running to keep warm! Goody bag consisted in a blue bag with a t-shirt (you could choose your size!), a vitamin water, some Ricola candy, a flapjack, a fruit and nut bar (food always welcome!) and some leaflets on the charity. I will probably do this run again, my only suggestion would be to also have some music at the start (especially to keep people's spirits up because of the cold) as we only had some music when we finished. Apart from that, thumbs up from me! Date of review: October 25, 2010
In short: Fab! In full: I really great race, lots of marshalls, all very friendly. I got a PB and ran under an hour for the 1st time, so I was very pleased. Was a freezing start and my fingers turned blue, but thats my own fault for not having gloves, and the way the sun shined off the Serpentine blinded me, but again my own fault for not having glasses! I cant fault the race or its organisers at all!! Date of review: October 24, 2010
In short: Beautiful day. PB difficult with dogs and strollers on course. Mostly well organised. In full: In addition to comments, organisers please warn runners of those dustbin lids set in path near monuments. Well done though. Date of review: October 24, 2010
In short: Steep in cost, but an altogether lovely event. In full: This was my first time at this event and I chose to run the 5K distance.
NEGATIVE: There aren't very many quite frankly! The start was a narrow gate where the chip sensor was located and you did have to be careful not to tread on anyone's foot or run into someone's back. The two young ladies who were marshalling at around 3.5km weren't clear with their instructions. Some runners (including myself) ran past them thinking we were on the 5k route and had to be called back. We did ask "which way 5k?" from 15m/20m away. It would have been far better if they had used themselves to block the way ahead and just pointed the right way, there were two of them after all. Finally, I agree with 0ops that the price for the 10K is a bit steep at £20 advanced entry and £23 for on-the-day entry.
POSITIVE: It would be very difficult to beat the scenery you observe on this route in any other park. At least half the race route was alongside the Serpentine Pond/Lake. At many events, the lack of toilets is a recurring issue, but not at this event. Park toilets were nearby as well as portaloos. It was nice to be applauded in at the finish by supporters of other runners AND the organisers too. This feeling was made extra special as I finished with no-one around me, so I knew the cheers/applause were all for me!
GOODY BAG & MEDAL: The bag was blue with the event organiser name/logo on it in white font on both sides. It's one I think the ladies will get more use out of than the gents. The bag had a very nice blue T-shirt with the event details on the front and the organisers' name/logo on the back. Also in the bag were; a bottle of Vitamin Water (one was given at the finish too), a nuts & raisin bar, an oat cereal bar, a small sachet of Ricola swiss herb drops and a booklet about 'After Adoption'.
I enjoyed participating in this event, partly because I was expecting my body to give up on me, but it didn't. I had a big curry dinner the night before and hadn't run since the Petts Wood 10K a fortnight ago. As I've mentioned already, the 10K entry was steep and the £1 charge for baggage storage on top of this was "cheeky". The 5K entry cost was £12 advanced entry/£15 on the day entry, so there was a cheaper alternative available. However folks, remember it is for a charity. Despite the blip at 3.5km, all the runners (myself included) I spoke to were very appreciative of the people who volunteered their valuable time out to marshall on a very cold Sunday morning... THANK YOU! Date of review: October 24, 2010