In short: Enjoyable two-lap run in a unique setting In full: This one did what it said on the tin. Two quick laps round a fairly scenic course that showed runners various aspects of the park. Overall, I think Energized did a decent job, though I have much the same criticisms as others. Baggage storage was an issue. It was obviously a mistake to use the too-small bandstand, which forced them to move the bags and so allow worryingly free access. Yes, race entry cost a lot. But I assume the park authorities charge a packet for the "privilege" of using the venue. Goodie bags don't mean much to me, as long as there is some token to show you've participated and some form of refreshment afterwards. As far as running in parks is concerned, I've run several events in Regents Park and this one was far better than those, as there were fewer laps, far more to see and a better pre and post-race atmosphere. I don't know if this will become as regular event but with a little improvement (and Energized have shown they do listen to runners' criticisms) it could be a very rewarding race. Date of review: March 29, 2010
In short: Can't get better than running in Hyde Park In full: I think the scenery saved this race, possibly. Few things I didn't particularly like: 1) not sending race pack in the post (why did I pay a whopping Â£20?); 2) no goody bag, just a medal (again, where did my Â£20 go?); and 3) bag storage did not seem reassuringly safe.
I don't want to seem petty about the race pack and lack of goody bag but I have paid far less for two other 10Ks in the past year and have got both. They did have water, energy drinks and free bananas at the end of the race though. I suppose that makes up some for the goody bag. And a few goody bags I've got had men's skincare product samples in them so, as a female, what's the point? It's a toss-up all round really.
As for the bag storage, the bandstand wasn't the worst place. I just think the person in charge had possibly never done a race before. Others have mentioned the bags laying around after the race. I agree someone could've walked away with mine easily. Very glad I had planned not to leave anything of value.
Overall the course was lovely, shame about the grey day but that's nothing against the organisers obviously. Date of review: March 29, 2010
In short: Good race, nice venue, well organised In full: I was nervious about energised Sports as they organised a complete shables for Richmond race back in Nov. But they seem to have learned quite a few lessons and it all went smoothly. Linitd queues at start, well marshalled and signposted/km marked, decent paths. Only gripes were a) no goody bag, b) very poor bag security. Bags at the end were just thrown out of the bandstand where they were being stored and left round the edges. Anyone could've walk off with mine. Date of review: March 28, 2010