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/
In short: Improvements could be made... In full: The race started well around the athletics ground. Once out of the ground, it was 4 laps round Norman park, which was ok, but a bit repetitive. Plus the park was pretty muddy!
The organisation could have been better. There were no signs to the ground/parking. They didn't have an 8k sign to show runners on the way round and it was poor that they ran out of medals! Date of review: January 17, 2011
In short: Sort out the niggly problems.... In full: Route was practical but boring. Tshirt was given out from last year - if you managed to get one. Medal was non specific to the event - again if you managed to get one. Marshall did not correct when wrong course taken. Not even listed as a finisher.
Poor effort - and considering the organiser has been organising events for over 25 years, no problems can even be attributed to teething problems. I will not run in anything organised by the individual and or company again. Date of review: January 17, 2011
In short: Could do so much better In full: Distance too short Medal and T-shirt were ok if you got one No water for the back markers Could have been so much better, but I think they were caught out by the numbers that turned up, if they learn by their mistakes it could be a good value for money race. Date of review: January 17, 2011
In short: Could easily have been so much better! In full: I have to confirm what other runners have said - the course was 500 metres too short, so what I thought was a PB turned out not to be. Organisation could have been so much better and a few small changes would have made a big difference: 1, signposts on the road leading to the park so you know you're going to the right entrance; 2, signs in the carpark telling you where the registration point is; 3, a clearly identifiable starting point; 4, a table for the guy giving out t-shirts so he can organise them into sizes. On the plus side - it was good to have proper changing / toilet facilites; I enjoyed running on a real athletics track; the course was actually ok and not as repetitive and boring as I thought it would be; it was good value ... a t-shirt and a medal. I would run this race again as the organisers could easily iron out these niggles and it has the making of a good mid winter run. Just PLEASE sort the distance out! Date of review: January 17, 2011