In short: Great In full: What goes up for nearly 5k must come down for nearly 5k! Certainly a negative split kinda 10k course! Thanks to all for putting it on, quaint surrounds and bravo to all the volunteers and marshals. Date of review: November 18, 2012
In short: Up hill, then downhill, then 5K flat on a beautiful course In full: What a way to spend my 40th birthday! Quite a challenging course with the first 4k almost all uphill, then payback with 1 to 2K downhill then extremely flat to the end. A very picturesque course where you never feel close to any traffic was improved still more by perfect weather. A very respectful 2 minutes' silence before the race start showed that the organisers really did have heart. Date of review: November 12, 2012
In short: I've done this race many time in the past and absolutely loved it. In full: But this running of it left me feeling slightly disgruntled.
I appreciate that 99% of runners will have had a completely different experience of the event and that certainly seems to be backed up by the other ratings.
However, this year I opted to run with a friend. We found ourselves very much towards the rear of the pack which is fine, it's a position I'm used to.
The day was glorious, scenery never better and it was great to see so many familiar faces.
I know this course really well and so as we plodded up Lower Road towards the Ridgeway I was surprised to see the chap in front of us carry on. The girls in front of us called him back so he didn't go too far wrong but when I looked there was no sign, no marshal, no indication of the turn anywhere.
We carried on and up to the junction at the top of Young Street and used to seeing Fire Engine and Ambulance stopping traffic I was very bemused to see nothing, no fire brigade and once again no marshals. It was very disconcerting trying to cross the busy road junction without assistance. And unfortunately it set the tone. We clicked off the route and (apart from the water station) never saw another marshal until we got back out from along the river in Leatherhead about 400m from the finish. Including the roundabout at Givons Grove where we took our life in our hands to cross over.
When we got back we were also gutted to discover they had run out of medals (bring out last years offering instead) and most importantly there was no cake left.
I normally love this race but the whole experience made me feel really unwanted. We may as well have just plodded round on our own for an hour.
I will be back next year and I keep my fingers crossed it will be a better experience. Date of review: November 12, 2012
In short: One of the highlights of my year In full: I've been lucky enough to run in the London and Amsterdam Marathons, the Great South Run and a number of other well-known events in 2012, but I don't think I enjoyed any of them as much as the Leatherhead Fire Station 10km.
As with last year, Clapham Chasers seemed to have brought every member of their club along, but the race didn't feel elitist for us non-club runners as a result and the general atmosphere was very friendly.
The minute's silence was impeccably observed and the gruelling climb over the first 4km was every bit as tough as I remembered, although the view from the top of the hill – not to mention the speedy descent that followed – made the pain more than worthwhile.
The firemen stopping traffic at the main road junction were friendly and encouraging and the route was well signed and easy to follow, ending up back at the fire station where the closing stages are perfect for anyone with enough energy left for a sprint finish.
If I was being ultra-picky, I would have liked the driveway to the fire station to have been cleared of leaves as they were a bit slippy in places, but that's a very minor point.
As much as I love the race (and the PB I managed this time round), I actually only entered so that I could visit the cake stall afterwards and pile on all the calories I burned during the run. I wasn't disappointed.
Thank you for organising such a wonderful event and I'll definitely be back next year. Date of review: November 12, 2012
In short: Fantastic as always & a pleasure to run every year In full: As always a cracking race was put on by Leatherhead Firestation. Same route as ever but it's nice to revisit the same ground, you know what's coming! A thumping PB this year & the weather was truly glorious to boot. Roll on the same in 2013. Date of review: November 11, 2012
In short: I can't think of a better way of spending my Sunday morning In full: One look at the weather and I was on my way down to get an on the day entry. Well organised race in every department. Nice to get the hills out of the way early and then canter back to the finish at your own pace. Great turnout and would do again. Date of review: November 11, 2012
In short: Dog's whatsits (yet again!) In full: 5th time of running my favourite 10k . Smooth as silk organisation, safely marshalled at the busy junctions (amazing what a man in uniform does to motorists),glorious scenery once you'd got over the need to hurl at the top of the hill.OK, so I walked a lickle bit of the up but hey, still got a 50:38 pb, so the ups are cancelled out by the swoopy down. Waited a whole year for the best ever bread pudding from the cake stall, with a flapjack chaser - well earned! Large club turnout but not at all intimidating for us loners Only moan is I have to wait a whole year for the next one. Thanks Terry and the rest of the crew, and their obviously supportive familes :))) Date of review: November 11, 2012
In short: Yet again an awesome Leatherhead 10k In full: This has become an annual event for me and easily makes it into my top 2 or 3 races. Superbly organised, fantastically friendly, a challenging first half and glorious return. My thanks and congratulations to Terry and his team for another fantastic race - more should follow their example. Can't wait for 2013. Date of review: November 11, 2012