In short: Dissapointing that Run for Moore Blackheath 5k distance was not measured correctly In full: I thought the event was good fun to do apart from the longer than expected warm up. I was aiming for sub 21.30. Went through 1K in 4.22 so knew I had some work to do. At 2K I was a little ahead of schedule and then went through 3k in 11.58! This was a minute ahead of schedule so I must admit I had my doubts at the distance already. I finished in 18.45 but I just can't believe it was actually 5k. I phoned Run for Moore to question the distance but they assured me it was 5k and had been measured using a trundle wheel the night before. I would be very interested to know what other people felt about the distance to gain an indication on how long it actually was. Saying all that, I had a great day with family and friends and was very happy to finish in a respectable place! As it was my first 5k it was certainly a PB but one I feel may be hard to beat for some time! Date of review: July 15, 2009
In short: Not much improvement on last years organisation In full: I ws going to for the 10k but because of the late start, I just did the 5K (afternoon commitments). And what on earth was that warm up that went on for ever. I swear it was longer than it took me to run the race (27 mins). Wont be appearing next year, done it 3 times and the organisation is getting worse not better. Date of review: July 7, 2009
In short: Did I miss the finish? In full: This is my fourth RfL, but the first 10k RfL I have done. The organisation in theory looked good but in practice, I'm not too sure for a couple of reasons: 1) it started 20-25 minutes late - come on organisers, this RfL has been held for so many years on the heath, it wasn't necessary to keep everyone hanging around in that heat, especially as it was just for an additional warm-up, a lot of actual runners do their own short warm-up pre-race, they don't need to be bouncing around for the length of a 12" disco song 2) did everyone who turned up to support realise that there was a 10k run alongside the 5k? I ran into two people wandering aimlessly (knocked the second one flying - sorry but I just didn't see him til he was under my feet) on the 10k course, and 2) was the 10k Finish line further on from the 5k finish line? I stopped where the big "Finish" banner was but about half hour later my brother told me that he was informed the 10k finish line was about 100 metres further on from the 5k. If this is the case, I'm a tad disappointed to say the least - my finish time would be wrong and should I have received a medal which should say 10k on it? I understand this is the first year that RfL have added a 10k so maybe this is something that could be addressed for next years' race. However, after having partaken in 4 RfL's, I've kinda lost interest, I think perhaps I'm just more interested in running than the "funning". Also, having completed the 5k course in 26 minutes, I know it was definitely slightly shorter than 5k, so the 10k course was probably shorter too. On the fun run side of things, it's a fabulous location and the support is wonderful. People can be so generous with their support and I don't think they realise how appreciated it is by us runners. Just a little cheer and some clapping as we go through really adds to the adrenalin. I will be coming back next year but only to support my mum who walks the 5k. GO MUM! Date of review: July 6, 2009
In short: Not for real runners In full: This is well and truly a charity event. The support was amazing on the whole of the course but organisation was poor with the race starting around 30 minutes late... leading to a bit of sun burn despite creaming up!
Having run a few races I would stick to races for runners as this was primarily for fun with many walkers and families. Nice run for a family day out and picnic.
On the plus side to come around 35th in a field of 13,000 (not all 10k runners I know) was pretty motivating!!! Date of review: July 6, 2009
In short: Badly organised but good crowd support In full: The start was a laugh with everyone walking round in circles but the crowd support was great. I am doing the 10k here this year, just slightly concerned how they will control the 5k and 10k race starts after last years mess up. Date of review: June 16, 2009
In short: No water stations at any point......... In full: Why can't a race sponsored by Tesco supply water? Cramped chaos at the end for the medal and goody bag. Purely put off by the size of the event, will look for a smaller Race for Life event next year Date of review: July 3, 2006
In short: Wonderful race, fab organisation, very emotional! In full: Oh this was sooooooooooo hot, 32 degrees but all 10,000 of us women made this an event I will never forget. I managed a PB suprisingly and I will definitely be back next year. This was for my mum, she is still fighting and I love her. Date of review: July 3, 2006
In short: No water available - a joke. In full: This race has become too big and the event cannot cope with 11,000 runners/walkers. They have you waiting in temps of 31 degrees for too long and have no water available at the start or finish. There were children and adults dehyrated and only one ambulance on standby (which could not get out due to bad organisation!) Runners World - do not support this event. By the way - £10 for children to enter! Date of review: July 2, 2006
In short: Very special race In full: Ran this race in the memory of my friend and it was very overwhelming for me, seeing so many women running for theire loved one, very moving, would do it again and again Date of review: May 1, 2006