In short: Must try hard on every possible element In full: Where to start? Hmmmm... How about the start line. A relatively confusing set of laps around the track, then park, then track again. The organiser even started to get it wrong. The gun goes off and I wasn't quite sure where the official start line was.
The race itself was OK IMO. Very flat. A bit of mud, but that's par for the course. The really really big dissapointment for me is finding out that this wasn't a full 10K. If it was 500M short, this actually means I've dont a pretty rubbish time (I won't say what!). Somebody actually offering the drinks would have been nice, rather than having to slow to walking pace to pick up a bottle from the table (I have never done a race where they haven't been standing, waiting with bottles/cups waiting for you). After lap 1, I thought I was going to get pretty p*ss*d off with 3 more, but actually not too bad. Back through to the track and more confusion as the woman thought I'd finished when I still had a lap to do. Lordy.
The "goodie" back was laughable. Loads of flyers and an orange. That is ridiculous. Please put the medal in there (or weren't there enough?). Getting a t-shirt equally chaotic with the organiser doggy-paddling through them with no idea which sizes were where.
All of these things can be improved with just a bit more thought about organisation. It's the organisation itself that brings people to runs (usually), otherwise they'd just go for a run themselves.
So please improve next year.
And please (and I mean really please) DO NOT SCREW UP THE DISTANCE!!!!
In short: Only 9.5K. Low key organisation. Fair as early year run. In full: Biggest disappointment was short distance. My Garmin suggested 500m short so can't use for PB which was a shame as flat course. Mixed terrain including some muddy patches. Smallish event with less than enthusiastic organisers. Nice start and finish on track but 4 x laps of small park a bit dull and last lap included less than ideal run through car park. Yet good for an early year run out, if you are in SE London/West Kent. Date of review: January 16, 2011
In short: Could have been better In full: My friend and I were convinced the distance wasn't 10k and someone's Garmin has confirmed that so what I thought was a PB turns out not to be - how disappointing! Not as well organised as other 10ks I have run - last year's t-shirt, generic medal and race number with Birmingham 10k plastered over it - odd.
I found 4 laps of the park dull - would rather have gone out onto Hayes Lane to make it a little more interesting.
But have to take issue with the comments about dogs and children on bikes - IT'S A PUBLIC PARK!!!!!!! And I think they did a good job of keeping out of our way. There were no signs (as there have been in previous years) about it being the Bromley 10k so why should people have stayed away? Date of review: January 16, 2011
In short: Adequate and good fun! In full: I needed to do a 10km race as part of my winter training and having one down the road was ideal. I was dreading the multiple laps but it was actually ok and with a mix of terrain. Fun to run round a track for a bit, pretending to be a real athlete! Entering on the day was easy to do, marshals were helpful and small crowds cheering here and there. T shirt, medal, apple and water on each lap and after was acceptable seeing as entry fee was only £10. I enjoyed myself and got a brilliant PB. Date of review: January 16, 2011
In short: Apple and medal,what apple and medal? In full: Didn't expect much for a tenner and this one lived up to expectation's.Marshall's looked bored,four laps boring,got my t-shirt at the beginning but didn't relise it was for last year. Didn't get handed a medal or apple at the finish and by the time I was in the car and saw someone with one around there neck couldn't be bothered to go back. All in all average,see you next year to collect this year's t-shirt! Date of review: January 16, 2011