In short: A picturesque run by the river, with great entertainment laid on In full: As a first-time 10K runner, I found this race very welcoming and situated in an ideal location along the Thames from Kew to Barnes. I found the race well-organized, with friendly, encouraging marshals, and the post-race entertainment and facilities were excellent. In particular, use of the on-site gym's toilets and showers was much appreciated!
A couple of small improvements could be made. One or two bridge/road crossings were frustrating either because of a traffic hold-up or slight confusion of the route; the latter only occurred in one instance because a marshal was busy helping someone across the road, so I was probably just very unlucky!
The beginning of the race was confusing; as has been mentioned in previous years, there was an initial jog to the 'start' (which wasn't marked as such) which took the total distance to over 10K. It must be difficult trying to get the distance spot-on, for a single start/finish point, catering for both a 5K and a 10K, with a course that has to cross the river. So my complaint is not with the additional 'warm-up' distance at all, more that there was no explanation of where the start point was, so it was difficult to know exactly when you were actually running the race itself!
In general, all marshals and officials were very friendly, helpful, and encouraging, and this is a race that I would certainly enter again. Date of review: September 20, 2010
In short: Do not expect to do your PB In full: Generally I did enjoy this run. Marshalls and organizers were very friendly plus the run through the park was very enjoyable although at points very muddy and slippery tying to avoid paddles, I was expecting an ordinary run but felt I was doing a cross country... at points was going up and down stairs and my legs were killing me! The gym by the start/finish area was kind enough to let us use their changing room facilities/ showers/ towels/ lockers, atmosphere was lovely and friendly, lots of water stations scattered through the course offering plastic cups of water rather than wasting whole bottles of water. Only downside was that to get to the starting point we had to walk almost a km following a marshall riding a bike, plus in all honesty I think course was def longer than 10 km... the last one lasted forever! T-shirt was good quality "fruit of the loom", goody bag as a bit poor but at the end of it I did have fun and will probably do it again next year! Date of review: September 21, 2009
In short: Great fun family race In full: My only complain like all others was the distance and KM markers, with GPS watches and maping it should have been possible to mark the course out correctly, but that aside everything was really good, the marshalls and the PC's made it a safe route wih lots of encouragement, thanks to all who helped out, looking forward to next year but hope for all running the KM markers are accurate. Date of review: September 20, 2009
In short: Pleasant fun run In full: It's flat and scenic : free shower at the sports centre, a medal, drink and a T-shirt. Can't be bad. Not a PB event because of steps and narrow parts plus daffy Km markers everyone mentions. Accuracy of total distance is a bit suspect and there doesn't seem to be a results list. However as a undemanding social run in the sunshine I thought it great Date of review: September 20, 2009
In short: Poor marking In full: I don't understand why so many races are so badly marked out. The distance between the 9k marker and the finish was a good 2k! They were probably all wrong.. but hey, its a charity run and shouldn't be taken too seriously. Date of review: September 20, 2009
In short: Whoever set out the km markers must have been high! In full: A terrific day out for the family. I have two kids 4 and 2 and they had a blast with all the entertainment while I was running. Date of review: September 22, 2008
In short: Low key run with family fun day thrown in. Bizarre and rather hap-hazzard start involving 1/2 mile jog and some rather impatient motorists. Great route down river paths and cunningly avoiding all bar one main road crossing. Good run if local. o Date of review: September 22, 2008
In short: Great charity race? Not so for runners. In full: Did I misread the marker just before Oliver's Island? I'm sure it said 9k. Bit miffed then when I found there was still another 1k to go when I thought I was bearing down on the finish. It felt like two, but probably my imagination (enhanced by exhaustion). A nice course along both banks of the river, generally well-organised, with a group warm-up led by a local fitness trainer and the very big bonus of showers and changing courtesy of the Esporta gym right by the finish (and free towels!!!). All-in-all a lovely charity run but particularly because of doubts about the distances I wouldn't recommend it for more serious running.