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
In short: Small and well-organised 10K in Hyde Park In full: Cold day, but sunny. Adequate toilet facilities. Very well marshalled, good baggage storage, great course, very nice medal and goody bag. What's not to like? Would definitely recommend this race as a very beginner-friendly event, Date of review: October 24, 2010