In short: Smashed my PB, enthusiastic marshalls & loved the 4 laps. Good choice not doing Oakley! In full: Only did a PB at 20 miles a few weeks ago at Bramley and took over 2 minutes off my time today.
There was lots of marshalls, all very enthusiastic (on every lap) too which gave motivation the whole way round the course.
Had to make a decision whether to do Oakley or Finchley today and I am so glad that I made the right decision especially as I loved the 4 laps - thank you Hillingdon! Date of review: March 28, 2010
In short: The great support from the marshalls made up for the average scenery In full: A good amount of downhills mixed in with some ups. The 4 laps were mentally challenging but it did mean there were no surprises for the last few miles. The crowd was friendly, and the marshalls were aplenty and very encouraging. A great pre-marathon preparation race Date of review: March 28, 2010
In short: The 1st 20 I ever did -excellent for first timers. In full: Undulating enough to be challenging without crazy hills and the 4 lap format is good if you're new to the long distance. Perfect training for marathons in London and Paris. Would definitely return! Date of review: March 28, 2010
In short: Very good preperation for a Spring Marathon - Very good, friendly marshalling In full: 4 Laps of 5 Mile each - not to everyone's taste but worked for me. I felt "making progress" by completing each lap. Little bit hilly, but all runnable. Clubhouse was v crowded, but really appreciated the facilities of the location. If I'm in the country next time for a Spring marathon, I'll definitely do this as preparation again. Date of review: March 28, 2010
In short: As usual a testing race In full: My second time at the Finchley 20 and it was the same - positive - story as last year. A fine race, a great way to test marathon fitness and pacing, good organisation, knowledgeable marshalls and a challenging undulating course. The only difference from last year? Me! A PB and a top 15 finishing position. Thanks Hillingdon AC. Date of review: March 28, 2010
In short: Well organised pre London race - good for getting pacing right In full: This is an excellently organised race with good PB potential and requires disciplined pacing. Course isn't the most beautiful, but the recent amendments to the last mile of the lap are a big improvement. As usual Hillingdon AC do a great job. Only drawback this year was that I hadn't the required miles under my belt which let me down. Anyone doing London who lives within 50 miles MUST do this race. Date of review: March 28, 2010