In short: Cheap and cheerful. One I'll remember fondly. In full: I really enjoyed this. It was cheap and had read it was a 3 looper so went with no expectations. Had a great time despite the rain and although finished in the last 20 I still didn't feel like I was holding up the clearing up. Lovely marshalls. Ran it with a smile. Date of review: February 14, 2006
In short: Fun and fast race In full: I liked this race. Yes, the scenery may be dull but that shouldn't put people off. The weather was horrible, but the friendly marshals and other runners made up for it. Good parking, well organised and nice medal at the end. I was only of the slow people at the back (95 mintues for me) and didn't mind getting lapped. The marshals stopped the traffic when we crossed the roads and cheered us on. I would do it again for sure. Very friendly atmospher. Date of review: February 14, 2006
In short: Great for back-markers. In full: It was nice that the marshals waited around for backmarkers and offered jelly-babies, encouragement etc. Good changing facilities and well organised. The comment about paving stones is a bit unfair - I was at the back and there was a police car following me. When I was "lapped" the race leader was on the road following the lead cyclist. The two runners behind him cut onto the pavement at a sharp left hand turn , and were followed by everyone else. There wasn't that much traffic for much of the route for about an hour, but most people ran on the pavement because it was the shortest distance. Date of review: February 13, 2006
In short: A race to focus on your time - not the scenery In full: Good facilities, very friendly organisers/marshals and ran super-fast (for me!). Thoroughly enjoyed the run and the above-average competitiveness, and had the rest of the day free for more restful activities.
Anyone who complains about the scenery clearly didn't know what they were getting themselves into! Date of review: February 13, 2006
In short: From a marshal's/organising-club member's viewpoint In full: This is an established race on the road race calendar. In former, more traffic-free times it would have been more acceptable for athletes to run on the tarmac road, but sadly that isn't possible nowadays. Hence athletes were encouraged to stay on the pavement. There isn't much to do about the scenery, or lack of, but to be honest, Sidcup isn't *that* bad, as a suburban location. Our club is based in Lewisham, nearer Central London, where it would be even more difficult to plan a 10-mile road race route, especially one as flat and conducive to obtaining a PB. Myself and other marshals tried to encourage *all* participants, and the event, like any such event, took many people many hours of careful planning to ensure things went smoothly on the day, but that's what we and other clubs do to give something back to the sport. Hope others thought the event was worthwhile. Date of review: February 13, 2006
In short: Local, no frills 10 mile race, with decent quality field In full: Sidcup is never going to win in terms of scenery, but I rarely pay much attention to it when I’m racing so it doesn’t matter. What it does have is a flat course, with excellent PB potential and friendly marshals and little competition from other races. The finish could be improved (apart from the weather) was - the ‘line’ wasn’t obvious and several ‘lost’ seconds as they ‘finished’ too early.
In short: Did not enjoy this one! In full: Definatly not one i'd run again. running surface was mostly paving slabs that were hard on your legs & hips. 3 laps meant you could not tell if people overtaking were because you were slowing down or faster runners lapping you! Route became crowded at the start due to the fact that most of the race was on the pavements. Environment was boring, there is only so much urban housing estate you can stomach, and seeing the same views 3 times over was even worse.
Only benifits was that it is a fast course...so took a PB here and the facilities were reasonable.