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
In short: Richmond Riverside Run: Great race by the river, beautiful scenery and a lovely course.!! In full: What a great race!! A fantastic day, great marshalls, nice venue and super flat course. Well organised event, brilliant course, really friendly marshalls and nice sweets at the end!! Thank you. Date of review: October 17, 2009
In short: Great location, well organised but need to do something about the start i In full: 4 ran in the group I was with times ranging from 41 to 59 mins and the concencus was that this was a race we would do again. There are some steps that could be taken to improve for next time. For the size of the field, the start just didn't work as was narrow with many slower runners in front. The turn at 1.5km made meant the path was halved - that together with the wet and uneven footing made a PB difficult. Hopefully organisers can work on this for next time as this could be 'must do' race if they did Date of review: October 17, 2009
In short: Complete waste of time and money In full: The golden rule of setting a course is that the first couple of kilometres must be wide enough to enable the field to settle, with faster runners being able to pass slower ones safely. The ridiculously narrow course, compounded by the hairpin turn after 1.5k (which effectively reduced the available width by half) was totally unsuitable. My race was ruined by 2km, by which point I was already 2 mins off my target. The race information indicated that the start would be staggered to mitigate against this problem. It was not. Load of old rubbish. Date of review: October 17, 2009
In short: small run in a great setting In full: Greenwich Park is beautiful, but this run was only a small affair. Given the hills, it was quite challenging. Nice medal at the end, but that's about it. All in all good if you live nearby, wouldn't have travelled across town though.