In short: Good location, beautiful weather, lovely course director, good intentions. In full: As one of the last dozen I had more space than most (a good thing) plus it was a beautiful cold sunny day and a scenic location.
On the negative side, the marshals were not great. My 'hello' was ignored repeatedly by those on the outer corners of the park (7km and 8 or 9km). Their marker signs have fallen over and i) being certain of my location and ii) a friendly nod or maybe even a hint of encouragement would've been appreciated. Also, at one point a marshal, who saw us coming, didn't think to ask the collection of people, dogs, prams and kids he was chatting to to move until the very last minute meaning that we had to squeeze through - not really very helpful on your second lap.
Having said that, and as per the one-line summary, the course director couldn't have been more helpful and the registration and refreshments team afterwards were excellent. Date of review: January 12, 2015
In short: Great Sunday morning race In full: 2nd outing at the Richmond 10k, enjoyed the 1st time, but 2nd even better great organisation on a perfectly challenging course, do at least one in the series and you will walk away happy Date of review: November 7, 2014
In short: Friendly, challenging great scenary and real deer!!! In full: First time out with Capital Runners and not disappointed. Great atmosphere superbly organised and very friendly. Will be back in October!! Date of review: September 2, 2014
In short: Worth doing just the once In full: I wouldn't say I enjoyed this run. It was tough because it was undulating - I knew this already, but it's always a shock if you've not run a particular undulating course before.
The route is fairly scenic, although there are large parts of the route where you're just looking at tons of grass and nothing much else. I did see a herd of deer (is it "herd" or just "group"?), which made the run a little more pleasant.
Much of the route is narrow, so if you're looking for a PB then you really must get to the front or wait for everyone to start and then run from the back.
I'm glad it was sunny weather on the day, as I wouldn't want to run on soggy grass or mud. Maybe it's just my preference, but it's hard granite or concrete for me any day. If it had rained, I would've just walked the 10k... no point slipping and injuring yourself!
As for the entrance fee, it was very steep compared to other 10k runs. I did one at Greenwich Park that cost £12 (this one cost £19). The Greenwich run felt more "professional", hard to say why. This Richmond one felt amateur in its set up - although to be fair, I felt that most of the runners were from clubs or cliques.
All in all, I'd say go for it. Experience it once - see the deer, pray for a beautiful day so you don't get soggy and muddy, and forget trying for a PB. £19 is reasonable if you do it once in your life... it's only expensive if you compare with other 10k runs. Date of review: September 2, 2014