In short: Like Marmite - you either love it or hate it. In full: I had been warned in advance that this was a rather "dull" course - you run 5k in one direction, turn onto the towpath and then run 5k back to the finish. Well, this is exactly what the course is but I rather enjoyed it - no surprises to be had!
The start was efficient and on time. Marshals were at every junction keeping the cars at bay. A water station was provided, and I had no trouble on the towpath (I dodged a stray dog at one point, although I know one person wasn't so lucky and took a tumble).
Its a fast course, where you need to push harder in the second half as the towpath surface isn't as quick. Electronic timing at the finish ensured results were available within minutes of finishing.
Thanks to Elmbridge for putting on a well organised race. Date of review: July 15, 2007
In short: Go! In full: I enjoyed this. The first 5k on the road is quick, well marshalled and the scenery isn't a problem if your concentrating on the runner in front and actually racing. The towpath was a nice diversion and is much better than the ankle killer section further up by Richmond.
It's fast, flat and the start is a melee but it's a strong crowd all wanting to make this 10k one of their best toward the end of the Road season. There was even a certain local Irish elite lady to contend with. The atmosphere is great if a seasoned club runner, you end up knowing half the people who take part and it only enforces the reason to join a club by making the whole occasion more worthwhile. Organisation was great, results were up almost immediately thanks to SportsSystems, km markers visible and accurate and medals are nice too (Gold for top 100, silver for top 200 and bronze for rest). It may seem a bit clubby, but it's not a bad thing, it's great to see so many people involved in athletics! Definitely will do again and lets see if my club can make it 3 years on the trot for the Men's team win next year. Date of review: July 15, 2007
In short: Fast, flat course. Nice way to start a Sunday In full: First time I have run this race. I liked the fast, flat course, although it did get a bit congested in places along by the river. However you can't beat running by the Thames on a Sunday morning.
Definitely a 'clubby' race, and seemed to be very little by the way of medical assistance. A couple of runners I saw were in need of assistance as it got quite warm after 10am. Credit to the organisers for the 9-30 start. Date of review: July 15, 2007
In short: Great flat course, well organised, PB potential In full: Slightly intimidated by the club runners, but this resulted in a fast race which encouraged the competitive spirit. Many thanks to the woman on the bicyle who encouraged me to sprint at the end - could you follow me around the whole course next time then I might achieve the sub 50 min time that I am aiming for this year. Even at 45 I know I can do it! (Although I may have to give up drinking champagne the night before a race!) Date of review: July 25, 2006
In short: Great course for a pb In full: Lived up to all my expectations of a 10k race. Well organised, efficently run and I liked the G/S/B medal thing, certainly spured me on to avoid the bromze! Date of review: July 24, 2006
In short: Good flat route, well marshelled and generally well organised In full: A little bit clubby but overall a good atmosphere with a well marshelled flat route.
The organisation was good although let down a bit by the start which was a bit chaotic! Please put a line down next year so that us folk at the back actually know where it is! Date of review: July 24, 2006