In short: Well organised race on a fast course In full: Cars parked on the road where the race started caused a few problems, but after that it was a good fast course. The first half is fairly ordinary, but coming back along the towpath is much more scenic. The coffee mug was a very nice memento - a change from medals and T-shirts - and getting an unexpected PB was the icing on the cake. Thanks to all at ERR for putting the race on. Date of review: July 20, 2008
In short: Excellent race! Happy 25th anniversary! In full: Very well organised. Few extra touches down it being the 25th anniversary. For me, there isn't a single thing to pick at. Well done! Conditions were pretty near perfect (for July), and even the regatta blocking the tow-path was navigated around very well. Got a PB too :) Date of review: July 20, 2008
In short: Delivered what it advertised In full: My first 10K and I wanted to make sure my intro into a longer race was well organised with KM markings, a straigtforward, well marked course, water and easy parking. This race does all of that and has very friendly marshalls, good organisation, excellent chip timings and I was thrilled with my bronze medal! Thanks to organisers - good show! Date of review: July 16, 2007
In short: An ok 10k In full: A clubby affair, no doubt, but since running is the least snobby sport I have ever encountered, this should never intimidate anyone. It's indisputably urban soulless going out, but pleasant enough running back with the river on the right-hand side. Very well organised car parking and on the route, only downside to organisation being the lack of a supervised baggage hold. Certainly quick, with high PB potential. All told ... ok, not bad. Hope the runner who needed medical assistance inside the last km was all right. Date of review: July 16, 2007
In short: One of the best 10Ks in the South East In full: I set my PB here last year so it will always be a favourite. First 5K is fast and furious along the roads, second 5k tougher as you struggle for grip on the tow path. Marshalling excellent, facilities excellent, organisation excellent. Hope to be back next year to achieve somewhere nearer my 2006 time! Date of review: July 15, 2007
In short: It does what it says on the tin - In full: - it's a 10k in Elmbridge. This is not a race I could personally ever get excited about but that is not meant as a negative comment! It is a very well organised flat, fast 10k, half off road and traffic free with some lovely scenery along the river. Yes it's full of club runners but I think that's a good thing! It's a really good race to practice even pacing, negative splits or whatever you are trying to achieve, as the out and back course is so simple with no nasty surprises. I won a free sports massage as a spot prize which was an excellent incentive for hanging around until the prizegiving!
In short: Bit clubby as a non-member runner but good fast run In full: Perhaps I ought to join a club having said that!! This is a good quick race. I like the gold, silver, bronze medal arrangements - my goal this year was to get a silver which I just managed. Couple of minor niggles - the start could be better organised with anticipated time markers and an energy drink at the end would go down well in this weather. Minor moans though. Well worth getting up for. Date of review: July 15, 2007