In short: Tough In full: This can be a little tedious doing 4 x 5 miles but the fact i found fellow runners so warming softened the blow a bit.The scenery was not great but i felt it was well organised and was great for getting a 20 miler under me for the FLM.Would do it again. Date of review: December 30, 2005
In short: Never again! Boring and hard going on an already injured knee! In full: 4 x 5m laps of paving stones and tarmac mentally and physically challenging! Organisation good - pity some of the fast club runners were not quite so polite! Being pushed out of the way by a impolite runner from Trent Park was not the best moment! Date of review: March 16, 2005
In short: There aren't many other 20 milers so close to London In full: I am worried there will be an accident one year. Personally I ran on the pavement wherever I could and I think the organisers should consider encouraging this more. I like the 4 laps; better the devil you know. Cosy atmosphere at the running club beforehand and a Mars Bar has never tasted so good. Date of review: March 15, 2005
In short: I am not a whinger but........................... In full: I find it amazing that after running a race on the same course since the 1933 the organisers still cannot get the mile markers in the right place. As it a five mile loop then it is impossible to mess up on the start finish line, after that they've only got four more to get right, but still managed to cock up. As many use this as a benchmark for the FLM, it would be useful to reassess their positioning, as there is no way I am capable of doing sub 6 minute miles in the middle of a 20 mile race, and the statisical data I was hoping to gain from this run as prepararion is not what I was hoping for.
Also please get rid of the plastic cups. I and several others I have talked to are willing to pay the extra to get bottled water. I was well and truly dehydrated by the end, not helped by water stations handing out cups which were only about 1/4 full (I kid you not).
Apart from this I really enjoyed the race, and hope to be back next year to sort out the two Hillingdon runners who I overtook early on, and who breezed past me on lap four.
In short: Good way to do a pre-London 20m in company of others In full: Excellent marshalls and organisation. Course a bit dull and mile markers in first 2m a bit dubious. Good to do as a pre-London training run as you're in company of similar runners Date of review: March 15, 2005