In short: Five laps does not a fun run make In full: It was unfortunate that the recent heavy rain affected this course, as it made what might have been a pleasant sunny four-lap run round the park into a five-lap trial by slippery hills and stinking mud (seriously, I think part of that race was a biohazard - I ran through it enough times to judge).
The organisation was nothing special, but nothing to complain about either. The cotton t-shirt will be going to the clothes bank, and the medal looked so cheap I had to instagram it for others' entertainment. But the race was cheap, so I'm not inclined to complain - just offering up the information as these things are important to some people.
We did this as a milestone towards a ten-miler at the end of March, and I'm glad it was local and cheap, otherwise I'd have been disappointed. Date of review: February 20, 2014
In short: This off road 10k wa sreally well organised. Although the route had to be slightly changed because of the terrible weather and mud it was till good fun. I was won over by the organisation and lovely marshalls all along the route. Medal and tee too! Date of review: February 16, 2014
In short: Nice, but short... In full: Lap races are always a bit dull IMHO. Undulating and muddy so glad I wore trail shoes! I've run loads of races in the Priory in the past and, truth be told, all were better and made more of the park. Sure it'd be much tougher if it took you up the hill and around the back, but it would be better. And the organizers might even manage to get the distance right. As most other comments have said this was short. Date of review: February 24, 2013
In short: Fun race but not flat! In full: I didn't run this in 2012 but saw there was a lot of criticism over course length, which was apparently a bit short. Since the course is 4 circuits of Reigate Priory Park the only part the organisers could easily extend is an uphill drag 2/3 of the way around the circuit which, I imagine, is what they did this year to make up the distance. If this is what happened it adds quite significantly to the vertical profile of the course.
My Garmin measured a total elevation gain (and equivalent drop) of 623', which I don't think qualifies as "flat" in anyone's book. It actually equates to a mean incline (going both up and down) of 3.8% across the course. As a muddy cross-country route with these undulations I don't think the course could legitimately be described as "fast" either.
That said, the race is friendly, good value, well organised and marshalled in a beautiful park and we were greeted with some rare sunshine on Sunday, so it's definitely in my diary for next year. Date of review: February 19, 2013
In short: Profile described as "Flat"; just plain not true. Good value event with crowds at the end In full: Bit annoyed the race was described as flat when it was pretty much all undulation. Not steep/long hills but only at most a quarter wasn't going up or down. It's not a bad race anyway but some more honesty would be nice; there's plenty of races that are genuinely flat, and others that aren't but are willing to say that. Apart from that it's a good value for money run and credit to the organisers for offering a choice of t-shirt sizes; some much bigger races could learn from this! Getting the announcer a loud-speaker for the start would be good but as 99% of runners will follow others it's not vital. My garmin came up short too but they're not 100% accurate: I've had the same thing happen on courses I'm confident were accurate (e.g. those ran every year). Still if it was wrong then that would be poor. (I'd say there were courses that would suit PB attempts a lot more that this one, but then I'm mainly a road-runner.) Despite the issues it's still a good value run in nice surroundings: how many other sports enable you to decide to enter on the morning and pay £11 for a medal, t-shirt and nice sense of achievement? Date of review: February 17, 2013
In short: £10 race with medal, water and Tshirt, worth doing again as practice race In full: This is what I expected for a £10 race. Good value for tenner to be honest. 10k are my practice races for longer races. The purpose is to have other runners motivate me to run faster in race atmosphere. I dont usually run on grass so it is a different surface for me. Plus there was some slight inclines adds its challenges. On top of the wet grass and mud as it rained the night before. Yes it was 450metres short from 10k but I kind of knew a low cost race may not be accurate. If you have GPS, I would personally track my progress from pace per km so 450 metres out doesnt bother me. I thought it was good enough organisation for this small event, Nice generic medal with event engraved on the back, could have put the year as well to add further value. A nice budget tshirt to keep warm after race. Plenty of water to take during race and after. Not as bad as i expected when i read previous reviews on the organisers. Maybe Reigate was bit better and improved. Date of review: February 21, 2012
In short: Great location, beautiful day, knew my time was too good to be true... In full: As I live in Reigate it was good to have another local 10k, although this was clearly not as well organised as the summer 10k I did previously (www.rpac.org.uk) I'd do this run again but only as it is just down the road. Bring on the Reigate summer 10k....
In short: Short Course - only 9.5km In full: If I wanted to do a 9.5km race I wouldn't have paid a tenner. Surely it wouldn't have been that hard to get this right. There was a certain amount of doubling back and spurious corners which could easily have been amended to get the right the course. Do the organisors not have a wheel or at least a garmin? Its a shame as if the right distance this woud have been a reasonable race. Date of review: February 20, 2012