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
In short: Fun run In full: Late for registration and start, so just had a good relaxing, run with my dog, (who always enjoys the attention). Great atmosphere and thought the walkers/public were very understanding when getting out of the way! Date of review: October 22, 2009
In short: Nice scenery, nice weather, shame about the puddles! In full: This was my first event for over a year, and I was very impressed. Putting names on race numbers was a nice touch. The course was a little congested in places, but looking at the route, I didn't expect anything else. A lovely autumnal event to blow the cobwebs away. Date of review: October 19, 2009
In short: Great scenery, shame about the early congestion... In full: Efficient staff at the start, very scenic course, beautiful day for running and clearly labelled distance markers unlike my previous event. As mentioned elsewhere the start needs to be looked at, as it wasn't really until 10 mins or so into the race that I finally felt able to go my own pace. Passing places were at a premium in the opening stretch and with some runners sticking together in groups it was really hard to find your own space. As it was I missed my PB by 15 seconds when I probably lost about 2 minutes due to the bunching. Maybe next time we could head south down the river first, so that the field was more strung out before the need to turn? Still, I enjoyed the run and will be back next time. Date of review: October 19, 2009
In short: A very pleasant way to spend a Saturday morning In full: Overall well organised. A larger field than I think was expected. The start was a little crowded and the section where runners were going opposite each other after the first turn was a bit of a squeeze at times. After this point though the course was excellent. Very flat, superb scenery and a great way to start the weekend. Nice early start as well. Very enjoyable. Thank you. Date of review: October 18, 2009