In short: All those hills yet still managed a PB! In full: This has 3 challenging hills, and is not great for runners who get bored doing laps but it is such a bargain for a nice course, nice organisation and good mementos at the end. Also, access to showers a real bonus - all for a tenner! It's very clubby and competitive, but if that doesn't bother you, then go. Rapidly becoming one of my favourite London 10ks and yesterday's PB really helped colour my view (even if I did feel like dying on the second hill...) Date of review: June 21, 2010
In short: Watermelon at the finish: what more could you ask for? In full: Starts and finishes on Hampstead Heath Extn but the race itself is along the leafy suburban roads on the perimeter. 2¾ laps of the same course featuring a brutal uphill followed by uncontrollable downhill, which scuppered it for PB potential.
Amazingly organised: the police were on hand to control traffic, marshals were well-placed along the course, and I can't downplay the awesome experience of watermelon at the finish!
It was a bit more competitive than a lot of races I've tried: lots of club vests and by the looks of it some pretty respectable times. Not really a bother for me, but beginners might find it a little daunting. That said, still the usual good atmosphere that you can expect at club 10ks.
Would definitely go again. Date of review: June 20, 2010