In short: a nice sunday run In full: although very cold this was a well organised and simple race, 4 laps which as i found out when i ran this race earlier in the year you just seem to get quicker on each lap. i traveled from west sussex to do this race and was pleased with my time having run hellrunner the day before ! thanks to all the marshalls who must have ben frozen at the end , nice medal , will be back again. Date of review: November 30, 2010
In full: I searched through the Runners World website looking for a race to do and found this one. It was a short train ride away from London Victoria and then a short walking distance to the park itself. This is a good race for 10K virgins, but they may find that the Indian Monsoon which drenched all the runners a little startling!
NEGATIVE: There wasn't much of a goody bag, but being a charity event one shouldn't quibble so much. The marshalling could have been better, especially around the grassy area. I cut across on the first circuit, but there was someone to inform the runners on the next three circuits. Whoever is in charge of looking after Beddington Park needs to to do a better job of cleaning the toilets as they were of a less than satisfactory standard.
POSITIVE: The medal looked nice, but nothing really special until I turned it over at home. It was engraved with the name and year of the event, which I thought was a great move by the organisers, especially as it's a small event. I appreciated THIS small gesture more than anything else on the day. The organisers themselves seemed friendly, but perhaps needed to be a little more vocal in letting everyone know that they were the event organisers on the day when they were putting tables and chairs out between two trees. Date of review: July 16, 2010
In short: Good test for your speed, 4 laps of a decent park! In full: Apart from the fact it chucked it down with rain and I believe, hail stones this was a really good run. Myself and two companions all got new Personal Bests, by over a minute each. Goodie bag was a bit naf, but we don't always do it for the goodie bag as this was a charity event! Quite a high calibre of runner so the challenge along with the route itself all added to a proper 'race feel'! Date of review: December 4, 2009
In short: Good Race, enjoyable but short In full: Again like many others my Garmin made it short about 9.4km. Ruthermore my km splits suggested I was on for about 43 minutes not 40:51. I was also aiming to run about 42:30. I carried on running after the finish till 10K in 43:25 which was about right as I didn't feel I was running that well. So given that my time was faster by over nearly two minutes at 4:30 km pace the time and my Garmin both indicated this was around 0.5km short despite previous comments suggesting that Google makes it 2.49 a lap and the organises saying it was measured serveral times. (Plus I went round the lamppost on all but the first lap. Has potential for a fast enjoyable course so will be back next year as if the distance is sorted will be good for a PB. But that could be the last time if it not more accurate. Date of review: December 2, 2009
In short: Good fun, nice and flat, bit short of 10k In full: Enjoyable race, organisation and marshall all very good and friendly despite the miserable morning. Enjoyed the 4 lap course as each lap seemed very short and made the course feel easy.
Only prob is despite being well on PB pace and crossing the line well under my 10k best cannot accept the result as convinced it was well short of 10k. My garmin had it at 9.5 and I DID run to the lamppost every time, mainly because the girl infront of me on the first lap knoew where she was going. I followed her no one else seemed to.
(It is a great PB course but just not for a 10k PB).
Still a good fun morning good value for £10 and will def run again. Date of review: November 30, 2009