In short: Poor course set up with all corners being cut and multiple loops In full: Starting on running track there was no attempt to send runners round inside then outside of the track, rather to all go round different distances to overtake in outside lanes etc. The park was fine but as the number of cones were limited it appeared all runners were cutting the corners of the park particulerly at the top where significant distance was saved by some. Stewards on positions were encouraging and friendly but just needs a rethink in terms of the course. Stretching and use of the health club a good bonus and T-shirt and medal also good. Would have prefered a better medal however. Date of review: September 21, 2011
In short: 500m too short and I don't even appear on list of finishers!! In full: If I wanted to jog round Norman Park then I could do so for free- why on earth did I need to pay ten quid for the privilege? There were barely any marshals and just a few cones to mark the way.
I did not even appear in the list of finishes- the only silver lining was that since the race was not even the correct distance my time anyway would have been pretty meaningless.
Runner's World should never advertise this race again: the only word to describe the race organizer is a "conman"- get lots of people to enter the race (good time for preparation for Spring Marathon), pocket the cash and do less than the bare minimum on the day. Date of review: January 20, 2011
In short: Try events with a running club connection In full: Most reviews refer to short distance and poor organisation it is a pity that this spoilt the run for many. Unfortunately the Bromley 10k was not organised by or connected to any of the local running clubs, so no reason to call on Bromley and Blackheath Harriers to sort things out however there appears to be demand for a local 10k at this time of year in this area so perhaps some of the local clubs may take note and organise something for next year.
I would always recommend that you check runners world for reviews of previous events by organisers and whether or not they have a connection with or support of a running club.
It is also worth noting that parkrun organise a free to enter, timed, 5k run every Saturday morning in Norman Park, run entirely by volunteers with a regular attendance of over 100 runners of all abilities. It might be muddy or even snowy but always good fun and very well organised. http://www.parkrun.org.uk/bromley/