In short: Never pb material, but encouraging traffic-free course round one of London's parks In full: Well organised race, good standard. Bit boring doing 3 and a half laps (which were undulating, if not hilly) but it was traffic-free. The marshalls were very encouraging. Date of review: March 4, 2008
In short: Pleasant course, but deceptive inclines!! In full: I would've enjoyed this more had I not been recovering from a cold, but a very pleasant Finsbury Park and the beautiful, bright Spring weather cheered me up even if the inclines didn't! Somehow I managed to do a lot better than I felt I had, although timings shown later on the website appeared to be about 30 seconds slower than I had timed myself.(I did start a little further back and without chip timing I guess it can't be exactly accurate, but still...:-)) A couple of gripes I did have was the lack of signposting; the start line wasn't easy to locate due to being marked on the tarmac as a thin orange line, and although I did eventually find my freebie t-shirt afterwards, the collection point wasn't particularly clear. Also, the brief before the race would have been far clearer had a megaphone been used as, apart from those at the very front, no one could hear a word. Luckily, this was a simple course, but I imagine some beginners might have appreciated knowing what was going on! Overall, a nice race that I would probably do again.
In short: This race provided a first time 22 year old have a nice weekend. It In full: The race was set in a lovely looking Finsbury Park. The area is nothing special, but the park itself is a delight, with a smooth carriage way to run on. Having come back to running for the first time in a long while, i found the race very enjoyable, leaving you feeling healthy and fresh. Very worthwhile to kickstart that late new years resolution. Date of review: March 2, 2008
In short: A good challenge in decent surroundings. In full: Quite a tough race for a relatively short distance. That long climb, three and a half times, is a very good test. Well organised and nice to have changing facilities. Not the friendliest race I have entered but hey this is London! Date of review: March 2, 2008
In short: A low key event with a few hills to make the trip worthwhile. In full: I really enjoyed the race. This was my first run after an 8 month break so I was concerned that I would have lost alot of form. This was my first 'lap race' I usually to out and back courses but I really enoyed it. The first hill (which was also the 3rd, 5th and 7th hill) certainly sorted the men from the boys, but was over pretty quickly. Not a party atmosphere, but great if your looking for a fast run in a nice london park. Marshalls were helpful and were especially encouraging in the later stages, thank you. I will return next year. PS Also love the T-shirt, green makes a nice change. Date of review: March 2, 2008