BUPA London 10,000

I know it's expensive but what a route!!

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19/01/2009 at 17:16

I missed this one last year (probably just as well from the weather!!)  but I have entered for 2009 and I am looking forward to this event.

Apart from the Reading Half Marathon this will be one of my "big" events for the year.

Anyone else on here taking part?

Anyone from the Reading area want to lift share?  I'm happy to drive.

19/01/2009 at 17:28

I'll be there as it is nice and local. I didn't do this one last year and must admit I've heard/read mixed stories about it. Hopefully the weather will be better this year!

25/01/2009 at 20:54
Did this one last year. The weather was appalling! I'm in again this year hoping for better weather. On a decent day it would be a fantastic route.
25/01/2009 at 21:12

Which would be better for a newbie to run in, either the BUPA London 10,000 or the British 10k in London on 12 July.


26/01/2009 at 12:34

Does anyone know what time this starts ? The website doesn't say, and I have to travel so might not enter if its too early....  Their phone helpline still refers to 2008 and says nothing....


27/01/2009 at 06:53

Hi All.

I ran this last year and got a PB despite the awful weather, which may have contributed to some mixed reviews.  I sat in a portaloo at one point thinking "I could just go home - nobody would know" but really glad I didn't.  I can only speak from my experiences, but I'd have to recommend this one, flat, chip timed, excellent support (considering the monsoon!!!), fairly flat, out and back - some GREAT musicians along the way.  Kevin - I'll check my entry from last year later today and get back to you - I can't remember the exact time, but I have a feeling it was around 10:30 (ish).

I loved the event, and personally, I'd recommend.  But i can't compare it to British 10K as I have not took part, sorry.

Good luck to all who've entered. It's a smashing course.

27/01/2009 at 15:06

Hi beachball

I've run in the July race but not this one.

Both are flat with great sights and plenty of runners.  They are both good for beginners if you can afford them!!

29/01/2009 at 05:51
Kevin - just got last year's "Final Instructions" mag out from the dusty archives - on the very front page it says "Bank Holiday Monday May 26th 2008  - 10am.  I am sure this was the time we went off, albeit in stages according to the corale you were in. Hope that's of use?
29/01/2009 at 09:48

Very hard to judge lasty ears race as weather was atrocious and did but a dampner (excuse the pun) and the whole day. Saying that, to sum up the two races for comparision the British 10K has a better, and I think faster route, but the Bupa 10,0000 is far better organised, baggage etc.

If I had to pick one I'd plump for the British 10k if you can avoid the baggage by either travelling light or taking a friend, aka bag carrier There are plenty of folks on here that will disagree though......

29/01/2009 at 09:58
will they be timing the british 10K, I heard it's an "untimed fun run"?
29/01/2009 at 10:57
 I have done both runs,and would pick Bupa 10k as far superior run and organized extremely well.The British 10k i found to be very disappointing,nice route but not chipped and very poor organization.
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29/01/2009 at 11:21
Beachball - avoid the british ten k at all costs - use the search function on here to check out what people have said about the race - it is an expensive over crowded fun run with poor organisation. Its the only race i know of to have its own complaints web site - to give you an idea of past years standards...
29/01/2009 at 17:48
Must admit I was in two minds as to which one to do. After reading the reviews (British 10K) if think I will do the BUPA
30/01/2009 at 06:47

I'd heard that about British 10K, but couldn't speak from experience - what was it like COugie for you?  I'm assuming here that you ran it, forgive me if I'm wrong.

ALthough the weather was absolutely dismal last year for 10 000, I thought for an inaugral event the organisation was smooth, and I personally was impressed by the support of the water station people, marshalls and Londoners that came out to suppor this one - they were relentlessly cheerful and supportive, it (for me) made the event quite thrilling.

Good luck with choices.

If you wanted an additional July 10K - www.greatrun.org they have the Great Capital Run on 26th July.  Large crowds, chip-timed, and the last 2 years it was in Hyde Park (though I note it is TBC on the www site so far).  Race entry not open yet, but I'd thoroughly recommend this one too, it's fast, well marshalled/organised, large event, nice T shirt and medal, and a lovely atmosphere.

30/01/2009 at 07:55
Thanks everyone for the help and advice. I think i will go with the Bupa 10,000 and hope to get better weather than you all experienced last year.. lol
15/02/2009 at 09:05
Hey, that's a bit of bad news... BUPA have cancelled the Great Wales 10K - I think it was 1st run last year, I wonder if this is to do with our country's current financial state - less people registering for 'luxury' events like these?  Doesn't bode well. 
21/02/2009 at 17:11

I`m in - looking forward to this one but I see that it`s on a Bank Holiday Monday so bound to rain !!!

Only 400 places left when I booked.......

(Hello WTS )

22/02/2009 at 22:45
Mr K / WTS, I'm in too
23/02/2009 at 17:34

Hi Kelly, welcome aboard! Have you done this one before?

I've just found out that Wokingham Half which was postponed because of the snow/ice has been rescheduled..... to the day before this race!!

The day following this I'm heading off to France for a walking tour round the Somme battlefields, so this is going to be one hell of a week!!!

23/02/2009 at 17:43

Hello & welcome kaysdee (& WTS)

Like WTS, I`m down for the Wokingham Half the day before so this 10km is going to be a longer & faster recovery run than I`m used to  (But I have a similar weekend with a HM & 10km in early April to get `used` to it)

Looking forward to this one & seeing the sights...even thou seen them before.

(Nice break WTS)

Edited: 23/02/2009 at 17:44
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