In short: Well organised generally, friendly atmosphere, but finer detail needs work In full: I was coming to this expecting it to be really clubby, being Bushy Park with a reputation as a running hub, but was pleasantly surprised at the friendly parkrun-like atmosphere. The location is very picturesque, plus being pancake flat there is definite PB potential. The terrain is more trail than road, but with the ground firm in most places I was able to get away with road shoes. The course was well marshalled so you always knew where you were, the marshalls were encouraging also – always good if you’re struggling in the latter stages. There was water available which I took advantage of at the end. A couple of gripes – the results on the website leave a lot to be desired, only bib numbers given against times, plus there’s no interface with runbritain rankings which always makes me bristle. The medal looked like something you’d get at a corporate away day for completing a team exercise to build a freestanding structure out of balloons and pencils, or something like that. The design of the t-shirt was good but the cotton flimsy – my suggestion to the organisers would be to ditch the medal and just offer a decent technical t-shirt.
In short: No nonsense, bargain race In full: A basic but fun race around one of London's most attractive open spaces. No chip timing, and the bag drop is informal (bags piled around trees at your own risk). Most of the run is on grass or compacted mud and shale paths, which is gentle on the legs. Many people know this route from the old bushy park park run. On a still day it's a flier. The one glitsch was that the leader apparently got misdirected at the end, and ended up running six and a half miles. He still came in around 34 minutes, so hats off and commiserations to him. Date of review: March 2, 2014
In short: do the parkrun on a Saturday twice instead and save your money In full: the race was fine - bit like parkrun x 2!! expensive for what was delivered. Very disappointed with the cheap medal and t-shirt. Why are there only ever large t-shirts?? and cheap cotton - really? why do either of those things. Don't tell me it is impossible to predict what size t-shirts are required - top tip.... ask on the entry form. Like a LOT of the runners I am female and small so there was no point in taking a shirt so didn't. £11 is cheaper than many races but is £11 for very little Date of review: March 13, 2013
In short: Good try - but must try much harder! In full: Good point? The setting is glorious! Bad points? nearest toilets to start were locked. Marshalls all seemed like they wanted to be somewhere else. long wait to collect numbers. long wait to get t-shirt. Tesco of the race world? more like Primark!. Date of review: March 4, 2013
In short: No distance markers except at 6k, Marshalls or welcome wasn't particularly enthusiastic. There is a 10k in the same park one week later which is cheaper. I would ditch the t shirt and medal for a lower fee. Nice scenery, and a fast course. Date of review: March 4, 2013
In short: Great PB potenital when the weather is good. In full: What a great setting, and spirits only slightly dampened by the weather. Great PB potential. It's a lovely park run and the organisation was ok, though one of the distance markers seemed to be some way off. Date of review: March 6, 2012
In short: Where are the results!!!!!!! In full: Why were there only two distance markers - one of which was about a km out of place? Frankly - organisation was terrible, I'm a first timer and it annoyed me. I'd finished by this time yesterday and still dont know how long it took me. I get involed in organising rowing events which are a lot more complicated and we do a much better job. Date of review: March 5, 2012