In short: Excellent, well-organised, flat(ish) 10k in pleasant surroundings In full: I ran the Regent's Park 10k this morning and was very impressed. It's pretty cheap, well organised and not too busy with around 600 runners taking part. The course has a few mild hilly bits, but by doing three laps of a circuit, you get a good opportunity to time and regulate your efforts for consistent lap times. This was the first 10k I'd taken part in and I couldn't imagine a more friendly introduction to 10k racing. I was pleased with my time of 44:17.
Some people mentioned that paths are a little narrow for the number of people running. I didn't find this a problem though, except for at the very start of the race. Chip timing worked well too... which was just as well as I got distracted stroking a dog after the finish line and forgot to stop my Garmin! Date of review: August 4, 2013
In short: 10k in the Park In full: I ran my first ever 10k in their June series. I had been training for it since February and it was worth the wait. I ended up running 10k in less than an hour which nice. The running pavement may have been narrow at times, facilities appeared basic and the entrance price was a bit steep - but it was worth it. The park was scenic and pleasant. Stewards were at hand to guide runners and supplied water on each lap which was nice of them. Definitely worth considering if you are doing your first 10k or even your 100th 10k! Date of review: June 2, 2013
In short: Well organised, chip timed 10k in a nice park! In full: It really is exactly what is claims to be, a well planned 10k race through Regents Park. The route was quite scenic, race marshalls were helpful and km markers were easy to see. The course is relatively flat, the only negative (which is unavoidable) is that the narrow sections of the course are not ideal if you're chasing a PB as you can't get past the slower runners easily. Date of review: September 4, 2012
In short: A good easy, no thrills race. In full: Nice organisation, pleasant route, hot showers afterwards. Great race. The staff at the Hub dealt with some rather rude female runners rather well who insisted on using the gents toilets, despite being asked not too. (I hate trying to use urinals with females cracking jokes about shy men).... Date of review: September 2, 2012
In short: Flat and fast course - excellent PB potential In full: I liked the fact that the course was flat and fast. I managed to get a PB - woo hoo. It is good that the run was chip-timed although the chip time and my garmin do differ by 12 seconds - not sure how. Seemed well organised if you ignore the usual pre-race queue for the toilets. Lots of support at the start / finish line. Negatives would be: not much support out on the course, and a bit of crowding at the beginning of the first lap with some runners not respecting others and pushing through non-existant gaps. The other thing that I was less keen on - the course is three laps. I do find that a bit boring, and prefer races that are only one lap / course. That said, I would do it again. The positives outweigh the negatives. Date of review: July 1, 2012
In short: Well organised race with good atmosphere and nice route through lovely Regents Park In full: I've been chasing a 10k PB since January and this was definitely the course for it - it's not 100% flat and it does weave about a bit, but on the whole I reckon it's good for some fast times. One I'll do again, probably in another 6 months time! (albeit the Winter Series by then) Date of review: July 1, 2012