In short: good flat race In full: good flat course with interesting scenery. atmosphere very flat though so was a little disappointing given lots of spectators. marshals were sparse but largely unnecessary. Date of review: July 4, 2013
In short: Where else can you run next to rhinos? Brilliant In full: This was my first 10k race and I'd definitely do it again. Very well organised (chip timing), friendly atmosphere (with a jazzercise warm-up) and a sensational location. The route takes in all the animal enclosures - cheetahs, giraffes, flamingos - and the rhinos even started running along too. A great day out Date of review: June 10, 2013
In short: Well organised and great introduction to running a 10k race In full: If you are looking for your first (or more) race experience or you just want to give your New Year’s (training / weight loss) resolutions a focal point then look no further.
This 'fun' race ticks all the boxes as far as I am concerned. What would YOU be looking for?
It is a flat and traffic free track, consists of 3 laps allowing your supporters to encourage you multiple times. It is well organised with all the trimmings (e.g. timing chips, water stations, bananas at the end), by people who obviously care, rather than commercial event organisers. There is easy access / parking and you can use the clean and permanent changing / toilet facilities right up to the start of the race. If you go as a group, there is ample of places to meet up on the fields and compare times, aspirations, injuries and champagne moments before and after the race. The zoo setting wasn’t that important to us, but adds a bit of fun. Sadly this year our dressed up zebra and Leopard couldn’t be with us. It might be a bit pricey compared to the ‘local race in the park’, but if it feeds a baby elephant for another day than fine by me. We’ll be back next year.
In short: Unique race with a PB in the bag... count me in for next year! In full: I've run a fair few 5 and 10k races and most of them merge into one another, but this one has to stand out from most of the rest!
Although my wife missed me running (twice!) as she was too busy looking at the animals, the support around the course was pretty good with cheers from most of the marshals.
Apart from a gradual hill about half way round the course is pretty flat and managed to squeeze out a PB which was the cherry on the top for me!
Not cheap for entry, but like others have said it includes entry for the day so definitely didn't feel like I was robbed... will probably sign up for the London one as not been there since I was a kid! Date of review: June 10, 2013
In short: Great race and would definitely do it again. In full: I loved this race and will defintely be back again next year. We made a family day out of the event so for me, the race was very reasonable.
I know people have said that the goodie bag included leaflets but I have never done a 10k before and received a goodie bag and a medal so I see this as an added bonus to a great and well organised event.
Running past cheetahs and zebras before 10am makes for quite a special event and I will without doubt be back again next year.
In short: Nice course and something different. Shame about the price. In full: First time running this (and only second ever race) so I wasn't sure what to expect, but I was pleasantly surprised.
The course is nice and relatively flat with gentle gradients rather than any steep hills so is pleasant and comfortable to run. It's a 3 lap course which was nice as I could use the first lap to assess the course and learn where the uphill sections were, ready to speed up on the next 2 laps. I also particularly appreciate the water stations as they were available each time you went round on a lap. It was well organised and even had some jazzercise for warmups! I also have to commend them for getting the results and timings posted online the same day as the race.
On the downsides, it's not cheap. I know a big chunk of that covers the actual zoo entrance fee but it still seems pricey as the race itself is really just for the novelty factor of running it in the zoo. The goody bag was a letdown as well with a snack bar, bottle of water and adverts from the sponsors. For this sort of cost I would have expected some form of T-Shirt as well.
Luckily I was coming from local and it was just me, so I was able to keep the cost down but bring a few spectators and it soon mounts up.
I would be tempted to do it again next year as it is local for me and a nice course that I enjoyed, but it will all depend on the cost (or an increase in goody bag quality). Date of review: June 9, 2013
In short: Ignoring the cost, a different and fun race In full: Positives - well what other race do you run past a herd of somewhat bemused looking Rhino's? A fast flat(ish) course, great organisation, a 3 lap course which was great for spectators, and lots of vocal support from officials.
Negatives - cost. Yes it includes admission to the zoo and it was clear that I was far from alone in making this a family day out but even so almost £30 is an awful lot for a 10km. I know if you subtract the admission it's not bad at all, but it still feels a lot. The goodybag was a battle of water, a cereal bar and a load of flyers for sponsors which is hardly inspiring.
The positives did massively outweigh the sole negative, but it's not an event I envisage doing regularly if ever again. Date of review: June 9, 2013