In short: Flat, fast and great atmosphere, excellent for beginners In full: I've done this one twice now, the 2 races in 2011. The Spring race was my first competitive race and a great introduction that gave me the bug.
The Autumn race this year had perfect weather, a friendly group of runners, a nice medal plus water, sweets and bananas at the end with no goody bag of tosh accompanying it.
I would definitely recommend it, even knocked 45 seconds off my PB. Date of review: October 15, 2011
In short: A beautiful run by the river In full: The location may put off people travelling by public transport but this is in fact very easy to get to if you walk along the river which is a delightful warm up.
Staff were friendly and helpful. Organisation was fine except for that they needed more portaloos. The race started late which surprised me. But the queue was very slow moving.
It is delightful running along by the Thames and the route is really pretty. There is definite pb potential although this section of the river has a lot more gravel and uneven ground than others which does slow you down.
I very much enjoyed the race. I look forward to doing it again. Date of review: March 26, 2011
In short: Great views, up&down course, moderate organisation In full: Any race in Greenwich Park has wonderful views and an up-and-down course. Because sections of the course overlapped, we were sometimes constarined to run single file, which could affect one's rhythm. The water stations were not well thought out - at 2k & 4k - and there weren't enough helpers. I would only have got water if I'd been prepared to stop & wait. A friendly stmosphere & very much a young persons' race. Date of review: November 22, 2010
In short: The hills are alive with the sound of Movember! In full: OK so there weren't loads of hills but the ones on this course were more than enough for someone doing their first 10km race in 2 years! The organisation was great and having a pc rigged up to check your race time straightaway was a great touch along with the pre-race porridge (for those who had an appetite) and welcome post-race chocolate & flavoured water. A fun event with a good atmosphere. Note to self - include some hill training for next time! Still managed a PB though! Date of review: November 15, 2010
In short: Described as flat when it was anything but In full: I chose this race because I wanted a flat race. My Garmin said the total elevation was 377 metres, not flat. The hill at 5k was steep and challenging and from then on it was a steady uphill until the last k (where there was an amazing but shouldn't have been there on a FLAT race). Also described as being on trails in parkland, well for some of it, yes, definitely less than half though. Underpasses and road bridges are not trails or parkland. Water station at 5k was a girl sat on a cool box, no indication that she wasn't just one of the marshalls. Goody bag was several flyers for Movember and a snickers bar, not great if you have a peanut allergy. Hated this race to be frank, I chose a flat race because racing up hills makes my asthma flare up. I feel the organisers should have been honest, especially considering the price. Very poor show. Date of review: November 15, 2010
In short: Very well organised with a good positive atmosphere In full: This was a really well organised event, everything from the car parking to the marshalling and facilities was excellent and there was a really good atmosphere. A good challenging course and the advantage of chip timing which is an advantage for a small-ish event. I'll be back next year... Date of review: November 15, 2010