In short: Cheap, but slightly cheerless In full: Pros: - Cheap for a London 10k, especially one promising a finisher's medal (though said medal did look as cheap as the entry fee). - Friendly, vocal marshals and registration staff, all smiles despite the rotten weather. - Very energetic warm-up, despite the small field of runners. - Challenging cross-country style course, though somewhat repetitive and uninspiring.
Cons: - Not easy to get to if you're not local and relying on public transport. Based on the far side of Wimbledon Common from Wimbledon town centre, so you end up having to navigate a bus route down an A-road to get anywhere near the start. - Course layout not clear either in advance or on the day. In the end, it turned out to be two loops around adjacent fields, repeated three times. - Questionable course distance. The start line appeared to be slightly arbitrary, we were just led away from the registration/finish area to a random point halfway around one of the fields. Some km markers were laid out, but a few seemed to be in the wrong place. My Garmin came up a few metres short as I crossed the finish line.
This was my first time running this event, but to me the entry list seemed quite small (less than 100 people for a standalone race), though there seemed to be a good mix of abilities from seasoned club runners to first timers.
Overall, this might serve well as an extra training event building up to something bigger if you live in the area, but I'd look elsewhere for a marquee event for your race calendar. Date of review: November 1, 2016
In short: Late set up - Not clear at the finish line - poor route - 3x laps of the same thing In full: This is great if you like to run on the field or if you are in training and would like to get a steady 10k pace however I found it extremely boring, only a handful of the volunteers actually looked interested and it started setting up at 10am - the time I was told to get there as a late sign up - cant say that I would do it again with 3 laps of both fields. Date of review: September 20, 2014
In short: Poorly organised, both in weeks prior to race and on race day, and well over 10K. In full: The website info prior to the race was both incorrect and minimal ('Run round the field twice and then once round the track'). No-one seemed to know what was going on, and the distance was definitely beyond 10K (my GPS tracker is accurate, and said it was 11.2k). I also saw the race leader continue past the finish line as no-one told him it was finished, finding him in a heap after knackering himself out trying to keep up the pace. There was no first aid present. When I complained to the main organiser, he gave me very short shrift and told me 'There's always one who'll complain'. It was by far the worst 10K I've ever run Date of review: March 15, 2013
In short: Not as good as some but It's OK In full: Course was good, undulating not flat. Marshalls were encouraging. Agree with other comments not the best organised or marked out, start was confusing. Did anyone else record a longer distance I got 11.44km on the Nike plus, appreciate the calibration could be out? Date of review: September 25, 2012
In short: Another poor race from MCC promotions In full: Noticed too late that this was organised by the same people who brought you the unforgettable Bromley 10k (that's actually 9.5k). Disorganised, dull event. Confused starting place, no visible finish line and I noticed the later finishers were obstructed by people carrying chairs about. Poor goodie bag; rubbish medal and two flyers. A nice few quid earned by Mark Caswell for doing f-all. Date of review: September 24, 2012
In short: This was my 46th race this year and the most disappointing In full: No-one knew where the start was. The race started late. The course was very disappointing. The organisers appeared not to know the course "you do 9Km then run 2 laps of the field". Actually you didn't. There were no KM markers. Sorry but it wasn't a race I would do again. Little or no atmosphere although the marshals did their best to be encouraging. Date of review: September 22, 2012
In short: Well organised and perfectly flat In full: Not sure where the previous runner was running but Wimbledon common is practically flat hence a fast course. A great run organised by Wimbledon Windmilers, no frills but a great morning out. Date of review: September 22, 2012
In short: 10K around Quins Rugby League ground, not Wimbledon common of Wombles fame In full: The event wasn't that well organised - no information on the website (which is currently out of action so no race results after 4 days) and the stewards sent the race leaders in the wrong direction before sending them back again at one point. Although close to Wimbledon Common the race was in fact in Raynes Park at the Harlequins RL ground. The race itself wasn't that interesting, a few gradients to provide some challenge on an otherwise dull route (2 1/2 laps around a playing field and along a wooded trail). Date of review: September 27, 2011
In short: Poor organisation In full: 2nd race in a week run by the same people and both times i weren't 100% on the route before starting and even during the race, some people did goth e wrong way...."just follow the bike!!" round a field a few times and through the forest, twice, the latter was ok for a trial run. T-shirts were for Raynes park 10k, medals are of poor quality. Directions on the website would be nice I was looking for Richardson evans sports ground would have been easier to say harlequins league ground or anything on the website, esp as I didn't know the area. Water, energy bar and free massage, allbeit brief were nice touch but definitely needs improvement on the organisation front. Date of review: September 26, 2011