In short: What a shambles. A 9km race not a 10km! In full: The race started 30 minutes late as the organisers allowed late registration and bag drop to take place. The race distance was 1km short and then the supervised bag drop was left unattended. Disaster! Date of review: February 20, 2013
In short: Very poorly organised race In full: The race really was a shambles. My gripes were:
(i) I didn't get a chip sent through in the post (ii) It started half an hour late (iii) I got lost with around 60 others and ended up running 12K (iv)It didn't feel like there was any consideration for other users of the common - I felt sorry for the dog walkers out for a Sunday morning stroll Date of review: February 19, 2013
In short: Anyone there will know how rubbish the organisation of this event was! The course was fun, but not 10km. I've emailed the organisers but not holding my breath for a reply. Date of review: February 18, 2013
In short: Never again In full: The worst organisation I have ever seen. No course map, no reply to my email pre-event, started 30 mins late, massive queues, only 9 not 10 km...they even got my name wrong in the results. Date of review: February 18, 2013
In short: Potentially enjoyable race spoilt by shmabolic organisation In full: What could have been a great and challenging race on Wimbledon Common was spoilt by shambolic organisation.
The feedback already given here sums it up really, no communication at all at the start over the 30 minute delay and lack marshals meant people like me did 12k and many others only 9k!
Waiting to see if RunNation have the decency to at least admit their errors and give an apology, and preferably some form of compensation, otherwise I will be avoiding their events in the future and would advise others to do so! Date of review: February 18, 2013
In short: Terrible organisation In full: From the email a week before (listing everyone's email addresses) saying they hadn't had time tos end out the information to the lack of information on where exactly the race started to no KM markers after 6k, to lack of marshalls, and now, I read, the shorter distance this was a really poorly organised event. Will avoid Run Nation from now on. Date of review: February 18, 2013
In short: Shambolic In full: I queued for 45min before the race to collect my race number and hand my bag in despite entering months in advance. There was no mega phone so I couldn’t hear any pre-race instructions and was kept waiting in the start funnel for 10minutes before we set off despite already running very late with no information about revised start times. The race ground to a holt shortly after the beginning when we had to queue to get through a cut out in a bush. Our bags were left unattended, there was no route map at the race, km markers where available were not at actual distances, my watch measured the whole race as 9.33km and organisers left before the race finished. Disappointed in the whole thing as I’m new to running and 10k races are still a big deal to me. Date of review: February 18, 2013
In short: Run Nation should be ashamed of themselves! In full: A shambles from start to finish!
What should have been a good race over challenging terrain was ruined by Run Nation's terrible organisation. Getting an email a week before saying that they hadn't had time to send all the race numbers out (despite entering months in advance) should have set alarm bells ringing.
A 45 minute queue to collect race numbers and drop bags meant the race started well over 30 minutes late, then everyone was herded in to the start area and left to stand for 10 minutes getting cold with no announcments or information. Then a whistle blew and we were off!
The course was reasonably sighed up to about half way then the route markers and marshalls just disappeared and you were left to guess the correct route at several junctions. At about 9km (who knows how far in reality as the last marker was at 6km and it seems they measured the course wrong anyway according to most runners GPS) the group of leading runners (I was in 3rd place at the time) ended up on a rugby field clearly having gone the wrong way.
When we finally got back to the start area, having given up on the race, the baggage area was unsupervised and the organisers were no where to be seen - probably for the best as they would have come to some harm if they'd hung around.
This is a shame as a 10k around Wimbledon Common has the potential to be a great race and I hope any first timers haven't been put off from entering more events.
As someone has alrerady stated, it looked very much like a bunch of chancers looking to make a quick few quid from the current enthusiasm for running events. £16 isn't cheap for a small 10k that doesn't require road closures or a police presence and doesn't give out any mementos or prizes.
I will never be entering another Run Nation event again! Date of review: February 18, 2013
In short: Room for improvement next year In full: A lot of people are pretty unhappy with this race, but I don't think it was that bad. I'm assuming this is the first year it was run, and there are always teething problems. I'm sure the organisers will do better next year.
To begin with the start of the race: the bag drop, as mentioned, was not the best, although I have seen worse. The race started late, but this appeared to be a direct result of the bag drop being slow, so once that's fixed, I expect the race would start promptly. And the weather was quite nice, so it wasn't too much of a problem to wait around, apart from the inevitable warming up/toilet problems which go along with a late start. There were plenty of portaloos supplied and a proper toilet as well in the sports ground buildings. I had been away from home for a few days and was unable to bring my number and chip which had been posted out, but they managed to give me a number anyway although no additional chips were available.
The race itself was lovely to run, mainly through beautiful woods and around the common. It was muddy, but not really unexpected for the terrain and time of year. I understand that a group of people at the front went the wrong way and ran significantly more than 10k because there weren't adequate directions, which must have been very annoying. By the time I got there (closer to the mid/back of the field), the marshalls seemed to have sorted it out and I don't think there were any further problems, but clearly something to work out for next year. The course I ran was under 10K (about 5.5 miles), but I think that this was due to diverting the runners as a result of muddy conditions on the planned route, so better than getting stuck in a quagmire! There was a well-manned water stop about half way round and quite a lot of support along the way, which is always appreciated.
It would have been nice to get something at the end (medal/t-shirt?) but for a standard 10k it's not that unusual to just receive a bottle of water, which there was.
Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed the race itself, and although the organisation could have been better the atmosphere was good and people seemed to generally enjoy it. I should think that next year's event - and I hope there is one - will work out some of the difficulties. At least some of the problems this year were definitely a result of weather conditions on the day.
My only big complaint was the lack of wombles running.