In short: Hello church. Hello church. Hello church... In full: Overall this is a decent enough race. No frills, no extras - no goodie bag or fruit or bottled water or t-shirt, and a very cheap medal - but it does the job.
The school building provides decent facilities with changing rooms, a little cafe, and tables and chairs to sit around and chat in the warm before the race.
There's a good mix of runners of all abilities, and a warm, relaxed atmosphere, with people happy to chat, or offer a word of support when passing or being passed.
The scenery is OK - it's not exciting or beautiful, but it's not ugly. It's the pleasant suburban streets of Sidcup on a lazy Sunday morning, and it passes quietly by. The laps are big enough to not be monotonous, though there are few landmarks to look forward to. The highlight is the church and a few shops clustered around a closed cinema. You get to look forward to that....
The marshals are solid, friendly and supportive - giving encouragement to runners, and keeping control of the traffic with few incidents. There was a hot-headed youngster in some cheap small car near the start who got impatient and was revving and then drove madly and dangerously on the wrong side of the road to overtake the runners, and pulled in to the crowd of runners with a lack of care that could have resulted in injuries or deaths. The marshal near that incident was told off by another marshal for allowing the idiot to keep on driving, but there was nothing he could do, and marshals are not empowered to stop cars. But that incident did reveal that the organisers should rethink allowing runners to use the road at the start. If they want to use the road they should get the police to block off the road for the first 10 minutes. I accept this might increase the cost, but runners do get hit by cars, and it's best avoided if possible.
There were useful and fairly accurate markers along the route, though the mile 2 marker was too soon.
The route is not completely flat. It does incline in places, and has a couple of slopes. The Thames Towpath Ten is flatter. However, it was flat enough for me to get a PB of 1.35.48, so I'm pleased. Date of review: February 13, 2011
In short: SHORT COURSE In full: How in this day and age can you not measure a course properly? I clocked 9.75 miles on my Garmin and so did everyone else who I asked, I would have run a big P.B today even if the course was accurately measured. Tell the fella who measured this course he needs a longer tape measure. Gutted. Date of review: February 13, 2011
In short: Very good organisation, friendly race, with good cakes! In full: Very good orgnisation - well marshalled event with good encouragement along the way. Friendly atmosphere and good PB potential. Not too dull a route despite the 3 laps. Excellent refreshments at the end with home make cakes in abundance! Only downpoint was that the showers were only available for the male competitors. Date of review: February 16, 2010
In short: well marshalled race on flat course In full: Well marshalled race on flat 3 lap course. Did PB which I assume is down to course set-up rather my lack of training. Definite intend to return in future years. Date of review: February 15, 2010
In short: not there for the scenery went for a pb and got one In full: you cant expect to much from a run in an urban area. there was alot of traffic but i never had any problems as the marshalls done a great job . The prices in races are going up and i do understand why. all round i had a good day and would do it again Date of review: February 15, 2010
In short: fast, flat and worth the trip In full: The whole event was very simple, well organised and well worth the trip. Three virtually flat laps around suburbia, very helpful marshals at the numerous side roads meant no hassle from traffic. Enough runners so not on your own and a wide variety of runners - allthough mainly club there that's no reason to be put off. Managed a PB without specific training which I'm sure is down to the course and the laps helping with pace. Will definitely do ths again. Date of review: February 14, 2010