In short: Friendly, fun event in aid of a good cause In full: This was a really enjoyable morning and the organisers had ironed out the few niggles from 2010 (chaotic start, poor kiddies race) to make it a real highlight - the lovely mild weather helped too!
The goody bag was very good and the medal was one of the best i've had all year. My kids (5 and 7) loved the santas little helper race (which was around 2k this year, rather than 200m the previous year) and both really appreciated the briliant vocal support as they approached the finish, cheered on by hundreds of santas! Both want to be runners now.
Thames Hospicecare is a great cause and I hope it raises loads of money from this event. Date of review: December 1, 2011
In short: A Santa suit, mince pies and hot chocolate - could you ask for anything more? In full: Raising money for a very good cause leaves you with a warm feeling within, as does the post-run hot chocolate. Very well organised, great atmosphere and will make you smile!! Date of review: November 30, 2011
In full: Well organised race in aid of an excellent cause. Lovely atmosphere at start/finish area.
Course very nice, a little hilly and quite a few puddles to run around and tree routes to dodge, but hey all added to the fun of running with 700 other Father Xmases!
Mince pies and hot chocolate at end very welcome, and a reasonable goody bag with a very nice chocolate bar and bottle of water.
All in all, it was a really lovely race, very well organised and I'm looking forward to running it next year.
In the spirit of improvement, just a few minor things which could be bettered for next year:
- Odd that you had 'register' at the start. It wasn't clear if you needed to or not (you didn't if you went on the bus). They just wanted to know how much you had raised - fair enough.
- The instructions for the day were a little confusing - the start time was not mentioned once. Also it wasn't clear where spectators should park and if they were allowed into the coral reef/look out center car park. - Could the finish be adjusted so pedestrians aren't trying to cross over, right as runners are bounding along there last few meters? Date of review: November 28, 2011