In short: Perfect London Marathon Build Up Race In full: Thank-you Hillingdon for putting on this brilliant race once again. The organisation and marshalling is excellent and the race is perfectly timed 5 weeks before VLM. The 4xlap course is great for pacing and the familiarity of the course after the first lap helps you get comfortable and into a rhythm. Good mix of running abilities means there is always people to race with/against! Loved the technical t-shirt this year. Date of review: March 10, 2014
In short: Great race, as always. In full: This is generally part of my pre-London build-up and I think I enjoy it more than the marathon. It can't be easy staging a race for 700 on roads, which are getting steadily busier, and Hillingdon AC do it very well. There are 2 water stations per 5 mile lap, which is perfect. There is about half a mile per lap on a fairly busy country lane, but the rest is on pavements and fairly traffic-free roads. Marshal support is great. So much better than doing a long boring run on your own! Date of review: March 9, 2014
In full: Have now run this race on four occasions. I like the 4x5 mile format, as one can develop a good rhythm. There is a good standard of club runners taking part, but this, to me, does not seem to alienate the less fleet of foot, as the encouragement from marshalls and helpers is very genuine. Upon returning to the clubhouse, hot showers were available; cakes, tea and coffee. With all these amenities, the appalling weather was soon forgotten. Well done Hillingdon AC. Date of review: March 25, 2013
In short: Excellent pre-marathon race In full: Very well-organised 4x5mile lap race. Plenty of water-stations and supportive marshals; some very fast runners at the front but plenty of mere mortals further back. In the middle you can lap and be lapped, which stops it getting dull in the latter stages. Thank you Hillingdon AC. Date of review: March 25, 2013
In short: Interesting route (*4 laps) with excellent marshals In full: It really was a wet morning which made the marshal's job all the harder and I was so appreciative of their efforts - they really made the race.
Despite the undulating nature of the course it was still pretty fast. I enjoyed this race very much and would definitely do it again.
I was running 7:50 min miles and was expecting to get lapped at some point but not on the 2nd lap - v impressive running by the leading pair..... Date of review: March 21, 2013
In short: Well organised, good 20 miler marathon prep In full: Well organised, and very enthusiastically marshalled in poor weather. Reasonably quick, rolling/undulating course around roads and pavements. The four lap format is useful for trying out different marathon pace strategies. Nice to see a practical goodie bag with chocolate and sugary drinks in! Would definitely consider this again as pre-marathon tune-up. Date of review: March 21, 2013
In short: Excellent event despite the rain In full: Best thing about this race were the fantastic volunteers who were on the course throughout the bad weather.Special mention to the people giving out jelly babies at mile 3, the enthusiastic lady at mile 4, Andy T on water at mile 2,and all the others who were encouraging and smiley. I really enjoyed the run despite the weather. Date of review: March 20, 2013
In short: Excellent, fast course, enthusiastically marshalled. A terrific warm-up for a spring marathon In full: Belatedly, just like to echo previous reviewers. The marshals were terrific. Drizzly conditions were great for running, not ideal for standing outside for several hours, but they didn't seem to dampen the enthusiasm of the race officials whatsoever. Again, hats off to the running lady near the petrol station and the lady half way down the hill after the four mile mark. Undulations were a welcome variety, at no point were they arduous, and the downhill bits seemed quick. The one slight negative, which couldn't really be helped, was the cars passing from miles 0-2. They did on occasion get quite close, especially when more overtaking was required on the third and final laps. But a big thank you to Hillingdon AC - was surprised how much I enjoyed this race. Date of review: March 16, 2011