In short: Good pre-marathon training run In full: This is a OK event to run for anyone doing a spring marathon, but the overall course is pretty dull and to run around 4 times makes it pretty uninspiring.
The course is overall flat with with only a short mile on each lap being on a busy road, which wasn't too much of a issue.
I was disappointed that after running 20miles we were only greeted with a running bottle filled with water, I would of expected more for the money paid for the event.
Also the 'no headphone' rule came into play with this race. For many people music and running are a wining combination and is often part of our training run so to be told that they are banned from the run and therefore we have to listen to the huff and puff of other runners and vehicles going up and down the road makes it even more frustrating. Date of review: March 15, 2016
In short: Very disappointing for a Race organised by a running club. In full: I was looking forward to this as I knew this race had a long history and being organised by a running club they should know what they are doing unlike some commercial races. No official baggage area, just leave your bag in a big hall, the marshalls at the road crossing were very unassertive and I had to stop as I wasn't confidence they were going to stop the traffic even though one marshall had told me to cross. The medal is a cheap one, I don't care about medals so that didn't bother me, but after doing a 20mile run the least they could have done is provide some food. No fruit or cakes or energy bars. Just some water in a Finchley 20 bottle. Very poor, apparently they were selling cakes in the club house. Very money grabbing. Also no refunds or transfers (within 60 days) this is the sort of thing commercial races do, not running clubs. Other years they had provided tech t-shirts but they didn't this year, which is fair enough if they didn't advertise it. But its very hard to justify the £23 entry fee? No road closures. No posting out of race numbers No baggage area No food at the end Clapham chasers 20 miler race entry was £14 and you got a who lot more. Gade Valley (training run) £5 on the day entry. I won't be going back in a hurry for this one. Money grabbing so and so's!
In short: Useful training run In full: A very useful Spring Marathon training run, especially with the four lap format. Mostly around the back roads of Ruislip, never steep but rarely flat, well-organised and excellently marshalled. Two drink stations per lap, only water but plenty of willing hands to give it out and sponges at one, good for a hot day. But there is way too much traffic on a narrow road for about quarter of the course, which I found very off-putting. It felt dangerous at worst and unpleasant at best. A marshall was hit - by a car? driver? and ambulanced away and wing mirrors were constantly almost grazing one's hip. For this reason I would be doubtful about doing it again, preferring Hyde Park (more expensive, traffic free) or Gade Valley (more hilly, very quiet roads) Date of review: March 14, 2014
In short: Excellent pre-VMLM training In full: I entered this as one of my 20 mile training runs, pre-London. There's a lot to like: good organisation, friendly marshals and 4 laps helps you in later miles. But there's also some not to like: the drivers on the unpavemented roads are unfriendly, I nearly got knocked over by a d******d driver who ignored a marshal's instruction, and it's a very fast field, which might be disheartening to those of a slower persuasion.
I brought my own water, so I didn't need to be squeamish about water being served out of black bins. Eek. Date of review: March 13, 2014
In short: Great training race for Spring Marathon In full: A simple concept, 4 x 5 mile laps, which means that if it is treated as a training race (which most runners were) you could compare laps, run each one as a progression run (sadly, I ran too fast so last one was not the fastest, but that was my mistake) and hopefully finish strong. It was a very hot day, so 2 water stations on the laps were welcome as this meant 7 water stops. A good touch was the water sponge at miles 5/10/15 which was definitely needed given the heat. It's a mildly undulating course, which should meet most runners' marathon training. The fast runners were amazing, I was first lapped in lap 2, but that didn't detract from my own efforts. I was pleasantly surprised by words of encouragement from the faster runners, particularly those who were on their final lap whilst I was running lap 3. A special mention to the marshals, who were mainly from Hillingdon AC, but bolstered by enthusiastic cadets. The technical t-shirt was a great fit (you pre-ordered the size on entry) and given out according to race number, very efficient. In addition to enthusiastic marshals, there was support on route by locals and supporters of other runners. All in all, an excellent pre-spring marathon training race. Thank you HAC. Date of review: March 10, 2014
In short: Perfect London Marathon Build Up Race In full: Thank-you Hillingdon for putting on this brilliant race once again. The organisation and marshalling is excellent and the race is perfectly timed 5 weeks before VLM. The 4xlap course is great for pacing and the familiarity of the course after the first lap helps you get comfortable and into a rhythm. Good mix of running abilities means there is always people to race with/against! Loved the technical t-shirt this year. Date of review: March 10, 2014
In short: Great race, as always. In full: This is generally part of my pre-London build-up and I think I enjoy it more than the marathon. It can't be easy staging a race for 700 on roads, which are getting steadily busier, and Hillingdon AC do it very well. There are 2 water stations per 5 mile lap, which is perfect. There is about half a mile per lap on a fairly busy country lane, but the rest is on pavements and fairly traffic-free roads. Marshal support is great. So much better than doing a long boring run on your own! Date of review: March 9, 2014
In full: Have now run this race on four occasions. I like the 4x5 mile format, as one can develop a good rhythm. There is a good standard of club runners taking part, but this, to me, does not seem to alienate the less fleet of foot, as the encouragement from marshalls and helpers is very genuine. Upon returning to the clubhouse, hot showers were available; cakes, tea and coffee. With all these amenities, the appalling weather was soon forgotten. Well done Hillingdon AC. Date of review: March 25, 2013
In short: Excellent pre-marathon race In full: Very well-organised 4x5mile lap race. Plenty of water-stations and supportive marshals; some very fast runners at the front but plenty of mere mortals further back. In the middle you can lap and be lapped, which stops it getting dull in the latter stages. Thank you Hillingdon AC. Date of review: March 25, 2013