In short: What a great race - loved it!! In full: Having travelled through torrential rain and been stuck in traffic for 30 mins I really didnt think we would make it to this one. As we approached the start line up the hill they had started already!! We were helped v.quickly through registration although couldnt even see the crowd when we started! Great marshalls and v.friendly atmosphere. Some amazing 'tashes - not only from the boys!! Three, I think, killer hills last one was evil - though 5 mins off my 10K PB for me so well pleased. Nice to have a medal although a bit cheap and goody bag too. Seemed v.good value for a 10K. Would definitely do it again. Date of review: November 16, 2009
In short: Storms clear for a well organised and good spirited, but all too hilly run. In full: Great organisation, great cause - just a shame the course, beautiful though it is, is far from flat/undulating, criss-crossing a sod of hill that is Greenwich Park several times.
If it could have been steered around the park rather than the laps up and down, I'd go back. As it is, kills your shins on the downs and saps any enjoyment on the way ups.
Still, don't have a downer on the day - the forecast storms cleared in perfect time for the day and the marshalls, organisation and spirit were all excellent.
Probably wouldn't do it again on this route though.
In short: Fantastic organisation, superb route In full: The hills make this challenging, the headwind made it really tough hence no good for a PB attempt.
Thought the atmostphere was fantastic and the organisation was really good. I think the people complaining about the lack of portaloos may not have realised that Greenwich Park has two public toilet blocks with about 15 loos in each.
Only criticism would be that they said we would be able to check times on finishing which actually wasn't the case and we had to wait for the times to be up on-line which took about 24 hours.
Will still definitley be doing this race next year. Date of review: November 15, 2009
In short: Not the best organised race! Not value for money. In full: I thought very poorly organised in the following areas: no portaloos for that number of people is a disgrace. I doubt the Teahouse would have been impressed with the number of runners using their toilet. The bag storage was shoddy and disorganised and as a single woman what would I want with a man's razor and shaving kit? I realise it's "Movember" but there should have been a ladies gift bag as well. Announcements over the speaker system would have been helpful. For £17 I expected a lot more. Date of review: November 14, 2009
In short: Very well organised and friendly race - loved it! In full: Thank goodness the weather held out to make a great race! Very enjoyable, very friendly people and an interesting goody bag for sure! Loved all the Mos. If only I'd felt better (just recovering from a virus) as it would have been a PB for sure with this route.. well, if I survived the big hills!
Thank you to everyone involved. I did the Epsom 5K too (same organisers) and these people know how to lay on a good race :-) Date of review: November 14, 2009
In short: Very well organised park run for charity... In full: We were lucky with the weather, at 8.30am it was belting down but fortunately by race time the sun was out, though the winds were still gusting pretty strongly!
The run was three assorted loops around Greenwich Park which was surprisingly hilly we discovered! Although the initial instructions seemed somewhat complicated as you had to navigate the same paths a number of times, in reality it was quite straightforward with marshalls pointing the right way whenever you could have gone astray.
Was all on paved paths so no real problem with the wet or mud.
Support was fairly limited, which was understandable given the weather though there was some very enthusiastic cheering from some groups!
Nice medal, even nicer goodie bag, decent razor with three tubes of grooming products, plus bananas, vitamin water, sweets and chocolates raisins at the end.
Was chip timed for the serious runners, and plentiful parking was very straightforward just a few dozen yards from the start... if I had one suggestion would be to reroute the loops so that there wasn't that energy sapping hill at about 9.7km!!
All in all hard to fault and for an excellent cause. Date of review: November 14, 2009
In short: If you want a flat 10k, then this is it. In full: Start was a little tricky and bunched - I think more effort should be made to stagger the start. This must be one of the flattest races out there - total ascent cannot have been more than 10m, so a good test of true pace. Race numbers with your name on was a nice touch and the marshalls were highly encouraging. Will certainly be returning next year. Date of review: November 9, 2009