In full: I enjoyed the race as I love the trails. However I couldn't hear any announcements at the start I just followed everyone else, and there was no water at the finish. The marshals were great and encouraging and one of them was handing out jelly babies. Overall I did enjoy the race. Date of review: May 15, 2013
In short: Well organised as usual, but with the odd glitch In full: A week after the event I was looking for the results for the race which don’t seem to have appeared on the ECS web-site when I came across these observations below. It was a very warm day and I was gasping for water at the end, and therefore did not take any notice of my finish time.
I think, as others have commented , the race was generally well-organised. The route in the woods was varied terrain, but extremely well marshalled, with water at 2km and 8km. But on the down-side the pre-race instructions were inaudible. A cheap hand-held megaphone is something like £70, and so if you can’t afford one, use a football whistle or let off a couple of fireworks to alert the runners to the starter’s instructions. However more fundamentally having no water at the finish is an absolute travesty. I have seen what happens to people with even mild dehydration and it is not a pleasant experience.
As someone else has already mentioned I too know how difficult it is to organise a race, and I assume both these points were a simple oversight. Being organised by a PTA means that the committee is composed of a rolling membership, which can obviously lead to a lack of continuity.
I see that last year I suggested the race could be improved by starting and finishing on the green with extra distance added in the woods to compensate for the half-mile along Milbourne Lane. Does any one else agree please?
Anyway I will be looking forward to running the event in 2014
In short: Beautiful course, friendly marshals. In full: Well this was the first time I'd done the race and I was completely taken by the course (I cycle round Esher and Claygate a lot and had no idea the forest and fields existed) and the friendliness of the marshals. But like the 2 posters below, I was surprised there was no water at the end (in fact I was grateful for the unofficial water station at about 5K because it was too hot for 2K to 8K without water) and the lack of a loudhailer was farcical. The Bushy Park parkrun uses a simple mobile speaker - worth borrowing it for next year! I was given my medal though. Overall though, as a first timer, these were minor criticisms of a race a thoroughly enjoyed. Date of review: May 6, 2013
In short: As Happy chap said, a bit unloved this year In full: I have done this race for several years and have always enjoyed it, but this year it all seemed a bit haphazard. Surely they could afford a megaphone for the starter, I couldn't hear a word he was saying. That first and last stretch of road was inadequately marshalled,there was no water at the end - dreadful on such a hot day - and, worse still, nobody really seemed to care. However, the marshalls out on the course were supportive and friendly, as always. I don't like to be negative, as I know it takes a lot of effort to put on a race, but I felt today as if they had taken my money then put on a sustandard performance. A pity, because it's a lovely route, and a few nice touches could really make it into a superb event. Date of review: May 6, 2013
In short: Looking a little bit unloved this year In full: Ive done this race a few times in the past and always really enjoyed it. But this year, all of the little touches that make races great were missing. The route is lovely and marshals out on the course were very smily and encouraging. And of course, those are the most important bits. But, no water at the finish, no communication from the organisers prior to the event and no one handing out medals at the finish, (they were just left on the table for people to help themselves) just felt like organisers were just going through the motions this year. Hopefully the will sort it out for next year Date of review: May 6, 2013
In short: A friendly well organised event In full: A great course, mainly off road through the local woods and tracks - good fun in the mud. Loads of friendly encouraging marshals. Date of review: May 13, 2012
In short: Excellent event - very well organised. In full: This must be one of the best 10km races in Surrey. There is something about the friendly atmosphere.
There were plenty of marshalls in the woods and the distance markers (in km) were accurately positioned. The only area of improvement was the final half mile along Milbourne Lane. It was not clear where you were meant to cross the road, and the finish was too clustered with cars and children.
With this is mind, perhaps the course could be redesigned so that you finish on the green by the Swan public house and add an extra half mile in the woods. Date of review: May 8, 2012
In short: Nice run around Claygate common In full: Very low key local event. Marshals good. Nice run with a bit of road at the start and finish. For £10, good value. There were nearly thirty from our running club, so it was good to see so many happy faces. Date of review: May 7, 2012