In short: Where was my womble medal?!! In full: Lovely race!! Really enjoyed the course, though the hill at the start (and again at miles 6-8 ish) was tougher than I'd anticipated! Was more trail-y than I had imagined too, so would be hard to get a pb unless you were very used to trails. Lots of marshalls and enough drinks stations and accurate mile markers, except 3 was either missing or not well located as I didn't see it on either lap! A pretty route, didn't get as congested as I'd thought it might, but I did get trapped behind some iPod wearing big men who couldn't hear me behind them and just blocked the path! I didn't get a Womble medal but a TINY tennis racquet one?!! So I'm not sure what happened there - I came about 140th out of 700 approx so unless they only gave them to the top few I don't know what happened?!!! Booooo! Cos mine was crap! Really small, the size of my door key! But you did get a tshirt, flapjack and fruit so for £24 I thought it was pretty good value, especially for London. Would definitely recommend and run again as really enjoyed it. Date of review: July 28, 2014
In short: Underground, overground, wombling free... In full: Wasn't overly looking forward to this race as I sheltered in my car from the pouring rain before the start of the race but turned out to be a pleasant experience!
There is free parking at the venue, & when I got there about an hour before the start there was plenty of places but it's not a massive car park & was quite full when I went back to my car at the end. The venue was a sports ground but there wasn't much to do for supporters while we were out running. Not many toilets but there weren't long queues as there wasn't a massive field of runners.
For someone who doesn't overly enjoy lapped routes, I found this route nice enough to enjoy on the second lap too. The recent rain had made the route extremely muddy in places which did slow you down a bit, especially at the start of each lap with a little climb.
There were a few supporters & marshals along the way but the rest of the time you get to enjoy the peacefulness of the route. People cheering you on at the end though & best of all was the Womble medal! A brilliant choice by the organiser. You even got a t-shirt too which was good considering it was a low priced HM. Date of review: May 12, 2014
In full: Nice scenic course, although not really a PB course due to it's off-road nature. I enjoyed not setting foot on pavement the whole way round! Very good value for money with nice medal and t-shirt and great marshals. Only problem was it was difficult to get to the start due to it being on the opposite side of the common to the tube/overground. Maybe the start/finish position could be altered to take in the same trails but provide easier access? Date of review: May 12, 2014
In short: Cheap, fun no frills scenic half marathon! In full: This was my first trail race, and I found it fun! The course is not a fast one - especially because of the rain leading up to it, which made some of the course a mud fest - but it is scenic, has lovely cheering marshalls with no fuss organization. The medal is fantastic and different - a Womble and you get a t-shirt all for a bargain price. Recommended, especially for the summer one when it should be drier and faster! Date of review: May 12, 2014
In short: Womble-tastic Half Marathon In full: Well the half marathon route was an enjoyable treat. Didn't think I would be running in and around for 13 miles in woodlands and in muddy conditions. My watch gave me a distance of 13.45 miles but I suspect due to the weaving of the puddles. But it appeared we deviated from the actual map route course in the middle? I enjoyed the challenge but wished I wore my trail shoes. Definitely not a pb course if weaving is involved or has been raining but the last 1 mile seems to go on and on especially when watch shows I should had finished!
There was a dangerous moment during a bend if you do look up as a big broken log could potential inpale into someone eyes.
Great Medal and organisation! (albeit the baggage..but then I didn't have any). Date of review: May 12, 2014
In short: Lovely trail run and a great mix of muddy hill climbs and fun at times. In full: Lovely trail run and a great mix of muddy hill climbs and fun at times.
Not a fast course , but a fun one. No fuss organization on the day with all mostly going smoothly , ( although the baggage drop was a bit or a mess , but there was one and it worked mostly ) . The 40m+ climb on muddy hills for the first 3K at the start was a bit of a drain however and 2nd time round it wasn’t as fun as the first time. AS with many trail runs there were many places where single file was required to pass , and even more so due to the mud in places. Many places as well where significant concentration was required to avoid stumbles and trips . The medals were a wonderful touch and the womble makes a lovely distinctive addition to my collection. Might not do it again this year , but would consider it next year again in perhaps its late summer slot when the ground might be firmer.
In short: Everything a low cost and low key event should be. In full: To be honest I don't expect much for £14, so chip timing, actual toilets (rather than porta-cabins), generous parking, free tee-sheet, free photo (posted on facebook within 24 hours of the event) and a sweat shop voucher made this event a total bargain.
Organisation was faultless and course was a lovely picturesque run around Wimbledon Common. The route was well marshalled and well signposted and although I did have a couple of issues with walkers that was purely down to them being dicks and nothing the organisers could have prevented and they were outweighed by the many locals who did offer vocal support.
While undeniably a no frills affair, this event was everything a lowkey event should be. Good course, faultless organisation, exceptional value - what's not to like? Date of review: March 17, 2014
In short: Well organised HM.......this event will get popular! In full: This was the first Run Through Wimbledon HM and you can see this event get more and more popular, A very relaxing and delightful course through leafy Wimbledon Common. Would do he race again as its very well organised and great value for money. The last km is a killer as you can see the finishing line but it seems ages to get there Date of review: February 8, 2014
In short: Lovely low key off road 10k In full: This was a really nice race, the organisation was superb, lots of information sent out prior to the event, chip timing and number collection on the day smooth and there were nice touches such as hot drinks and cakes available at the end. Course was beautiful and a pleasure to run. Well done! Date of review: October 29, 2013