In short: Milton Keynes- Enjoyable run in a good location In full: Great little race this. Well organised and enjoyable pre race with active warmup and music and a lot of fancy dress/awful facial hair (mine included). Collected number and chip easy enough and was given a Movember head band before the race began.
There was a little bit of a delay to the start and as a result the 10K that i ran in didnt get off until about 1020 or so which was a slight downer considering the chilly weather. Great marshalling and support and the route is undulating in places but the last 1k is down again. Willen Lake is where our parkrun takes place and it really is a lovely part of MK. The last 1K starts a top Campbell Parks highest point which gives great views.
I absolutely obliterated my 10K PB by about 7 minutes but i havent run one in about 6 months and ive been doing a lot of training over the summer in that time. So i would say it isnt as easy as that makes out but certainly an opportunity for a PB.
At the end you get a nice little medal and there are free refreshments from Lucozade (other drink makers are available in shops haha) and a blanket.
My advice to Movember for next year would be:
1) The water point needs to be slightly longer and not at a corner. It got a bit congested. 2) Specified timing markers at the start. Im aware the 5K is provided as the fun run but it would be good to acknowledge that there will be some fun runners with us keeno's in the 10K by having estimated finish time markers in the queue at the start. This would avoid some people who were walking the whole route clogging the first 1K.
Those are the only 2 issues that i identified and they really are only minor and as such didnt ruin my experience. I would assume some people may mention the price on here and at £22 there are certainly cheaper 10k's out there. However given the well run day, the medal and the fect that the extra goes to such a great cause i am more than happy to pay that and i will certainly do so again next year.
Top morning out. Date of review: November 25, 2013
In short: Fun 5k In full: Did the 5k with my husband & 5 & 7 year olds. Steep entry fee for on the day adults (£20) but offset by children being free!! Great medal and loved the headband! Nice route round a bit of MK (all looks the same in MK so never sure where we are!), mostly flat. Great support, really good at the start & finish. Only gripe was the start was very cramped and couldn't hear the start gun. Brilliant family day out and great atmosphere. Loved it! Date of review: November 24, 2013
In short: Wow what fun In full: I did the 10k on this one. Absolutely stunning rout and lots of mud-perfect. Not one for a PB if you run as a mexican sporting a rather large sombrero but who cares!! Date of review: November 10, 2013
In short: Fast race, great atmosphere In full: Really quick, flat as a pancake, great lady with microphone firing everyone up and cheering everyone on to the end. I clocked a good season's best (38:23)even though it was really(!) muddy. Date of review: October 22, 2013
In short: Good turn out for potential rainy saturday run near muddy riverside In full: The race is a potential PB as flat course out and back. Very mixed terrain and slippy due to previous rain and obviously muddy. Good staggered start to avoid congestion. Great PA woman at the start creating an atmsophere and trying very hard to get runners motivate before start. This fast 10k so I didnt like the cups of water as I cant sip them properly as this is potential PB course which I did PB! The finish was great to be recognised by name. Great to have free lucozade and some sweets and a sweat band.
Also a immediate finish time check and a print out. I even used the £5 engraving service to have my pb time put on the nice shiny medal. Medal has improved from 2010 and has richmond riverside on it.
Would do this again for another crack at pb on mixed terrain. This run definately worked out my legs especially quads as I had to watch my step on mud, pebbles, stones etc...not my usual run surface so toned me up.
In short: Lovely atmosphere, but very overpriced In full: Firstly, the course - as a local to Greenwich Park, I knew what I was going to be getting! Very steep hills (4 of them in total for the 10k), and a killer to any thoughts of a PB. That said, it was my 3rd race in Greenwich Park, so I can include this one as a separate PB now - my best time in Greenwich Park as distinct from normal flat 10k's! Lovely scenery though, and great views from the top.
Organisation - it ran like clockwork - plenty of toilets, lots of marshals (all of whom were really encouraging), and a very enthusiastic announcer on the mic.
The downside was the price. It was £20, which I think is steep for a 10k anyway, but when you consider that the medal was remarkably basic (cheap) and that the water station consisted of some cups of water being handed out (we all know it's impossible to drink from a cup while trying to run), it's difficult to see how they justify £20. Yes, it was professionally run, but without a charity donation in there I just can't see how it was worth £20 to get a £2 medal and a cup of water at halfway.
In summary, I really enjoyed myself, but there's far better value out there - if they made a charity contribution as part of the entry fee, or just gave out water bottles and better medals, then I'd consider this to be much better value for money. Date of review: May 21, 2013
In short: Thank you to organisers for making his race happen despite he snow and sleet! In full: Excellent race along the river, brilliant organisation and despite the horrid weather of snow, sleet and rain , some if it horizontal. Hats off to the organisers for a fantastic atmosphere Date of review: March 23, 2013