In short: Wet, cold, but friendly...shame about the rain In full: I ran the South London 10k for the second time on Sunday. It's a nice race that begins and ends in a park, undulates a little, but still offers the chance of a pb. the organisation is simple and the people friendly. In this case it was just a shame that it was pouring down. I waited as long as I could indoors before heading out to the shelterless start area. Everyone was trying to cram into the bag storage to keep dry. With the race registration closing 15 mins befor the start of the race, it just meant that we all stood around freezing begging for them to call runners to the start. Once we got going it was fine, but the start was grim. Huge respect for the marshalls who grinned and bore it the whole time, at least we were keeping warm moving. A hot shower and bowl of soup have never felt so good. Date of review: March 1, 2010
In short: Organizers worked hard. Course good. Results service lacking. In full: We all endured! I felt for the organizers- rarely has South London endured such ghastly weather- wind,driving rain,freezing conditions,waterlogged roads and common...in all awful. The marshalls tried so hard to encourage;the man with the mic at the start (try a little humour next time- we needed uplifting not coralling) was good;the medal bearers at the finish very welcoming. But then.....sorry, a wet bag with a red ball in it? What's that all about? Are we 10? The ample bananas and youghurt bars and drinks were great. But the results service. On your website I tried four times to type in the word required and could not access it. But no results even by 10pm?? Come on...it was a chip timed service. How long does that take to download? It wasn't on any of the other UK Athletics or results service websites. We've paid . We've endured. We're curious. Give us the result. Otherwse ...well done! Date of review: February 28, 2010
In short: A good, if wet, sunday morning work out In full: Definitely worth getting up for - although the baggage tent was just a big wet pile of bags. Marshalls were cheery and helpful. Hill at 5k was killer but, as a local, i'd do it again. Date of review: February 28, 2010
In short: A race that's learned a few lessons In full: Nice route and, because I live locally, I've run that big hill a few times and knew what to expect. If I do have a criticism, some of the turnings off the Ridgway towards the end were not marshalled at all, which left runners open to a nasty surprise. The organisers cannot be blamed for the monsoon-like conditions and where there were marshals they were very good and supportive. Oh, and I know it's hard to second-guess the weather, but handing out paper bags at the end in teeming rain is asking for trouble - mine fell apart in a few minutes! Otherwise, a good event. Date of review: February 28, 2010
In short: wet rat at the back but happy and still smiling In full: Didn't want to get out of the car for this one but very pleased i did.
Managed to get race ready (completely soaked ) so wasn't too upset that the people who were going to give us all a pre-race warm up didn't turn up and as the roads around the common started turning into streams I couldn't really work out why a lot of runners were cramming into the tents after all we were going to get wet.
A shame that the tents only blew over at the end of the race!
Very well organised and despite the hill a run that encourages you to a pb - which i might get once the results go online.
Thanks to all the marshals - especially the guy just before the last 2 k (causeway) who gave everyone so much encouragement and asked if i wanted an ambulance when i was 'recovering' against a tree after finishing.
cannot wait for next year, bright blue skies sun shining down on us as we softly tread the footpaths of Wimbledon on a Sunday morning. Date of review: February 28, 2010
In short: Loved it In full: This is my 5th 10K and definitely my favourite so far. So what if it rained - it adds to the challenge. It is the first time that I've really been able to really push it (maybe I'm getting fitter at long last) and it was so nice to be in a group of people and not be on my own running at the back. Big thanks to the marshals for their encouragement (especially the guy at the corner of the Causeway) and the girl who I either ran behind or in front of after the hill - hearing you behind me really inspired me to continue. Hope we did better than the just under 1.07 that I estimated that we did!!! My aim was to get under 1.10 and I really wanted to do 1.06 - I think the clock said 1.06.47 - but I'm waiting with bated breath to see what the chip time says. But whatever the result I have beaten my PB (1hr 13) and that with that hill - though running downhill was great. I wasn't keen on road runs before this one, now I'm hooked. When is the next one!!!! Date of review: February 28, 2010
In short: Wet Wet Wet - Monsoon in Wimbledon In full: Firstly - applause to the organisers and marshalls because it was Monsoon season in Wimbledon. Pleasant little run through Wimbledon although the double hill - Cottenham Road was not pleasant but well worthy of anyone looking for a 10k in their spring marathon training. Date of review: February 28, 2010
In short: Rain rocks! A pleasant little run in Wimbledon, very friendly organisers. In full: I had a fantastic run in the rain. However, I was there with some students and was a little concerned for their safety as not all the road crossings were marshaled and there didn't seem much signage to make drivers aware that an event was going on - just arrows for the runners to follow. Some of the marshals didn't seem too keen, but it was a very cold wet day for them. Others were great though, there were some really good, enthusiastic people out there guiding us and cheering us on. Date of review: February 28, 2010