In short: Flat, friendly riverside 10k In full: Really good event. Flat, fast out-and-back course along the Thames Path. Friendly marshals, sociable atmosphere pre and post-race. Not the cheapest 10k you'll ever see, but far from the most expensive, and for your money you get a well-marshalled, well-marked (and super-accurate) course, plus water, snacks and a nice enough medal at the end.
The start is staggered into waves, which does a good job of spreading the field out early on, a much-needed tactic given how narrow some of the early sections are. You can still get caught up in slow traffic if you start too far back, but if you exercise a bit of patience there are plenty of opportunities to overtake safely throughout the whole course. And even if you lose a bit of time early on, you should be able to recoup all of it across the rest of the run. This is a very flat, very PB-friendly course in dry conditions (if it rains, the path will get muddy and slippery for long sections).
Some minor quibbles. Could do with a few more portaloos at the start (the two unused ones on the back of the delivery truck next to the 5-6 usable loos, for example!) and those travelling from some way out should be warned that it's not the most accessible of start points from Richmond station, but all in all one of the better 10k events in London. Date of review: November 1, 2016
In short: One I always look out for every year! In full: This was my second Mo Run and my friend and I always do a little challenge to raise momey for charity. In 2013 it was who would win, the 2014 race was try to get my friend under the 50 minute mark and I'd act as his pacer.
The organisation is top notch, the atmosphere is electric, the MC is brilliant and encouraging to all runners and the course is set in the scenice Greenwich Park.
A really tough race with plenty of hills but it really does fly by and it is such fun. Although the weather wasn't particularly warm, there were plenty of people there braving the cold, cheering everyone along and there was a real buzz from all the other runners. Well organised start so that the faster people were at the front and all the others who came for the fun run side of it too seemed to be having a great time with the Group Warm up too.
My friend got round in just over 50 minutes which although wasn't the target was a massive PB for him and he was over the moon.
One good thing about this race is there is plenty to do in the area afterwards so it's not a case of "Here's your medal and cheerio!" Belgian beer always goes down nicely after this race we've found...
I will continue to do this race as often as I can and a great run for a great charity. Date of review: July 13, 2015
In short: Amazing, friendly and so organised In full: Almost everything you'd want is provided - warm up guy, friendly marshalls, beautiful route, nearby toilets. Only issue is I didn't see any water stops Date of review: May 16, 2015
In short: Great Race If 1500 people going to run a 10k on a cold morning in November In full: Been running since 1989 and don't say this about many races but this is a great race, friendly organisers & marshalling (to pick out a few marshalls the dancing lady and the American gentleman) and support (especially the hill at 4k/9k).
Even though support small they still brought the spirit of the London Marathon to the race.
Great for first timers and fun runners and friendly atmosphere for any type of runner.
Headband you are given a start of race, great fun warm up, unique medal at end and race for a good cause (Prostrate Cancer.
2 lap course a couple of hills but at least you know what to expect second time around. The crowd on the last hill towards finish amazing and get you up that hill
In short: Milton Keynes- Enjoyable run in a good location In full: Great little race this. Well organised and enjoyable pre race with active warmup and music and a lot of fancy dress/awful facial hair (mine included). Collected number and chip easy enough and was given a Movember head band before the race began.
There was a little bit of a delay to the start and as a result the 10K that i ran in didnt get off until about 1020 or so which was a slight downer considering the chilly weather. Great marshalling and support and the route is undulating in places but the last 1k is down again. Willen Lake is where our parkrun takes place and it really is a lovely part of MK. The last 1K starts a top Campbell Parks highest point which gives great views.
I absolutely obliterated my 10K PB by about 7 minutes but i havent run one in about 6 months and ive been doing a lot of training over the summer in that time. So i would say it isnt as easy as that makes out but certainly an opportunity for a PB.
At the end you get a nice little medal and there are free refreshments from Lucozade (other drink makers are available in shops haha) and a blanket.
My advice to Movember for next year would be:
1) The water point needs to be slightly longer and not at a corner. It got a bit congested. 2) Specified timing markers at the start. Im aware the 5K is provided as the fun run but it would be good to acknowledge that there will be some fun runners with us keeno's in the 10K by having estimated finish time markers in the queue at the start. This would avoid some people who were walking the whole route clogging the first 1K.
Those are the only 2 issues that i identified and they really are only minor and as such didnt ruin my experience. I would assume some people may mention the price on here and at £22 there are certainly cheaper 10k's out there. However given the well run day, the medal and the fect that the extra goes to such a great cause i am more than happy to pay that and i will certainly do so again next year.
Top morning out. Date of review: November 25, 2013
In short: Fun 5k In full: Did the 5k with my husband & 5 & 7 year olds. Steep entry fee for on the day adults (£20) but offset by children being free!! Great medal and loved the headband! Nice route round a bit of MK (all looks the same in MK so never sure where we are!), mostly flat. Great support, really good at the start & finish. Only gripe was the start was very cramped and couldn't hear the start gun. Brilliant family day out and great atmosphere. Loved it! Date of review: November 24, 2013