In short: Friendly but hilly narrow roads and lack of water. In full: The run was well organized, with plenty of friendly marshalls putting up with the rain.
However, there was only one water stop, mile 5 where you were only given an inch of water - nothing on completing the race - which was a big deal for me, as i came to the run with only my car keys, so had to wait till i'd driven 30 mins home for a drink of water.
Although the area looked as though it would be very scenic (hard to tell in the rain) and there were paths avaliable, we only ran along road. The roads were very narrow in places. In particular, on the uphills the cars had to slow right down to pass the runners/on coming cars. This meant you were breathing in loads of exhaust fumes whilst trying to run up a huge hill!! I also got splashed, shoulder high, by a car driving through a puddle next to me... was quite refreshing actually.
Maybe i've been spoilt by other races, but paying a similar amount - £12, i've been given timing chip for the event, plenty of water stops and a goody bag (including drinks, snacks and a medal). On completing this race, all I got was a yellow mug with 'Epsom 10 road race' didn't even say 10 what on it...
Another little pain was that you finished about .5 mile from the start. As i parked my car at the start, it meant i had to walk .5 mile back to my car. Not really a big deal, but i was soaked through and it was hailing, so that was very unpleasent!! Date of review: November 23, 2009
In short: Great run on scenic and relatively quiet roads In full: Marshals were everywhere on the course ensuring that you couldn't take a wrong turn. Signage was great. The start was, er, prompt! Can't complain at all.
10 pound entry was perfect - a pound a mile is great value in my eyes. Liked the momento and the race HQ at Epsom course made the event pretty unique.
In short: A nice challenging course In full: All in all a good race. Plenty of toilets and changing facilities at HQ (Queens stand) but the start was quite a way away. The start was also a little sudden as it was hard to hear instructions due to the weather. Thanks to all the marshalls. The mug as a momento was OK. Well worth running Date of review: November 23, 2009
In short: Great race, well organised and excellent facilities. In full: Course was great apart from the amount of cars "squeezing" past all the time. Quite hilly, but not too bad. First 10 mile race and ran a better time than expected. Facilities are fabulous... where else do you change in a jockey's weighing room??? Date of review: November 22, 2009
In short: Unique In full: I used to live around these parts (Epsom, then Headley), and used to train in the area, so love the countryside. The facilities are great, only slight quibble was about the water station, nobody to hand out water (and if I stop it takes me a long time to get going again), I dropped 8 min off my previous 2007 time, so pleased with this as a checkpoint for my training for marathon next January.
Very friendly, but maybe not a race for beginners. Date of review: November 22, 2009
In short: Great race, cheap as chips and well worth it! In full: Friendly marshalls and good fun race. Course description describes the last few miles as undulating but I would call them hilly! Be warned to save them for the end. Roads are not closed but are plenty quite enough to not course any concerns. Date of review: November 22, 2009
In short: Quite hilly but the scenery and unique race headquarters made it well worth the effort! In full: This was my first 10 mile race and I would definitely do it again. Miles 1 to 4 are pretty tough with a more or less constant incline but the scenery males it worthwhile especially the sweeping view of the racecourse on the final descent! This race must be pretty unique in being able to use the jockey's weighing room as the race headquarters - great facilities! Good race organisation and friendly, encouraging marshalls en route. I'll be back next year! Date of review: November 22, 2009
In short: Praise to the marshalls In full: First time doing this, wanted to run it for fun and very glad I took part. Enjoyed the Queens Stand Race HQ and the race route was enjoyable. Very much like the Dorking 10 I suppose. Marshalls were fabulous in the weather conditions, and were well supporting throughout the course. The start was a shock, suddenly standing there and then *parp*, we were off. Only downer was the weather, but this is out of the organisers hands - well worth doing if you need a 10 mile spin in late November. Date of review: November 22, 2009