In short: Nice scenery for a 10k .... Poor organisation!! In full: Start delay by 15mins. Waited for the presentation to receive a medal, which did not have ribbon. T-Shirt stating XL but really L. Most marshalls could not have been bothered as they were chatting on Mobile Phones. One Question: Who organised this race? Take note for next year! Date of review: November 3, 2007
In short: Poorly organised, unmeasured (short) course, lots of off-road In full: A little short of a shambles. Not enough marshals, and none that were experienced, for a course which uses the paths in a pleasant suburban park, but then also meanders around for lengthy section each of the three laps on grass. Had the previous week's weather been wet, then this could have passed for a cross-country.
The advertised kids' fun runs never happened.
The race started more than 15min late (because the organiser was disorganised), keeping the runners waiting.
The course was no where near an accurate 10km (around 600m short?).
And where were the T-shirts for all finishers?
Can't find any race results, either (the kids on registration never asked about any age groups) - so basically I paid £10 for a training run in a public park... Date of review: November 3, 2007
In short: Relaxed and friendly. In full: This was my second 10k ever. I enjoyed it more than the Leatherhead 10k partly because I prefer laps and partly because there were no steep hills. It made for fast times (even if it wasn't quite 10k) and there was no pressure. I felt I could relax and enjoy myself - maybe that's why I ran well! A couple of 'tight' bends on each lap but nothing too hair-raising. At least there were no streams/rivers to run through or stiles to climb over. The organisation of the event could have been better. The start was not marked although the finish was (the water bottles). At the end it was unclear whether to help yourself to a bag or wait for a presentation. The bags were hit and miss if you got anything exciting, but at least there was an apple! It was a Fun Run. Date of review: October 31, 2007
In short: Very poor organisation but good mementoes In full: The race started late and with no loudspeakers the warm-up was a game of Chinese Whispers. No distance markers meant that laps were the only measurement available. Some marshalls were quite grumpy and at the finish there was no cheery welcome and you had then head back across the playing field to the cricket pavillion. Lots of dogs (largely without leads), cyclists, other sports events, prams, walkers and families out and about combined with narrow paths led to some hold-ups which could have been avoided had there been some signs on the route warning passersby of the race (some asked what the race was and had charity collectors been nearby they could have upped their collecton considerably and helped keep the route clear by wandering along the route). Chaos at the end as some grabbed goody bags and T-shirts and left before we were told to wait. Everyone made to wait for the presentaions then asked to collect T-shirt (fun but loads of XL and L with just a few M sizes!), goody bag and medal (some on ribbons) resulting in a scrum. Decided to get a shower but the only showers were for men only. So, headed home pleased with my haul but a bit disappointed in the organisation of the event. Set a new personal best but the route was altered on the day due to another sporting event so it was under 10km. Good value for money and plenty of parking but please can the organisation and signage be better next year! Date of review: October 29, 2007
In short: Well worth the drive across London In full: This was my second 10k this year. Lovely course, a lot of marshalls to ensure you didn't come off track. Marshalls were lovely, a few miserable faces but on the whole as you came up to them and waved they gave you lovely words of encouragement. Some interesting parts of the track especially over a very narrow little bridge, my husband had to stop as a woman and her small daughter were on the bridge and weren't coming off until they were ready which I though was a bit mean, I found all the other park users to be very supportive and I chatted and waved at anyone who came across my path! The goodie bags were so so, rather poor quality T shirt that didn't seem to commemorate the race itself, the medals didn't have ribbon, even the organisers were apologising for the quality of the goods but for £10 my argument is what more do people expect. I got an apple, T shirt, keyring, pen and a leaflet in my bag. Excellent water supplies so full marks for that. I took a bottle on my first lap just in case they ran out and I ran with it for another two laps unopened and at the finish there was still plenty left to refresh runners. A shame finishers were diverted away from the finish line to the pavilion as it would have been nice for runners to come to the end of the run and be cheered on by more people. Fortunately my friends and I kind of travel in an entourage and we stayed to cheer the last person home as that person has probably put more effort into doing it that the people at the front! The organisers were delightful although I would have appreciated something sent to me in the post but email contact was very forthcoming when I contacted them. My Garmin read just over 9.5km but then again it's not about the distance it's the feeling of elation at the end and knowing you've done something pretty amazing and shared it with lots of other amazing people. One of my friends did drop out on the first lap as they felt the support was not forthcoming from the marshalls but I am sure we'll all be signing up for the January event! Roll on January and thank you for organising this race. Date of review: October 29, 2007
In short: Great first 10k In full: Aside from a little trouble with the start due to all the other sports clubs using the park, race went great! Friendly marshalls, great route and a very generous goody bag for all finishers. Highly recommended! Date of review: October 29, 2007