In short: Tough race, well organised but goody bag!!? In full: The race itself was great, good facilities and a short walk to the start line. Start area very compact for number of entrants. Makes for a sluggish start. This could improve. Course and scenary was good and testing plenty of climbs to get the legs and lungs burning..... But seriously, a hugely disappointing goody bag! What was that about!?
In short: Superb training run for a superb price In full: First one of these runs I have ever done and I wish I had done more. Wonderfully attended run which beats long runs alone. Brilliant organisation and fantastic price. £5 for run, coffee and cake. Marshalls, Water stops and Jelly bean stop all very well manned. Friendly helpful and well marked. Spot on - this is the way all races should be! Well done Gade valley!
In short: Fantastic Race In full: Absolutely superb race. Good options for the whole family 10k, 5k and a fun run for the kids too! Brilliant for spectators and excellent Goody bags including, food, water, samples, bananas and a good quality Tee Shirt! Will defintaley be back next year. Plenty of onsite parking and changing\toilet facilities too. Date of review: October 17, 2011
In short: Great Race, Great Weather, Great Day, Great Crowds - Just!!!!! GREAT! In full: Apart from the fact the undone lace cost me a PB this was an awesome race. London really delivered some fantastic crowds. If you love the crowds of the marathon but cant do the distance - this ones for you. Great Route,Great PB potential (Laces allowing) Great setup all round. Well done BUPA. Date of review: May 31, 2010
In short: Hot and Hilly - But good none the less In full: Nice smooth organisation and nice route made this sunny Sunday morning a very pleasent one. You would be very lucky to nail a PB on this course as it's fairly hilly - especially in the weather it was like today. Nice race and my kids loved the fun run afterwards - if I had one downside, I woul dhave to say the goodie bag didnt justify the entry fee :-( Date of review: April 18, 2010
In short: Goodbye Flora - Another great Year In full: Apart from the usual slow start with slower runners some how being allowed in pens infront of faster runners this was a beautiful race. The weather was glorious, the crowds where the best yet, all the way along the route. Water and Zade stops were well manned and regular. Goody bag was good, T- shirt a little dull I thought and the medal was not much different from last year! Great race, Great support, great weather - just.............. great Date of review: April 26, 2009
In short: What a Fantstic per London GEM! In full: This race is awesome, the perfect last long run before the FLM. Although just 20 miles, add in the hills and your legs have done the work of 22 - 23 miles. Nail this one and your confidence for London will be sky high. Marshalls and race organisers where briliant and helpful. Water stops and Mile Markers were there just when you needed them. Air cadets did a great job on the Water stops, well done! Weather was beautiful, Scenary was magical, local support tremendous.... WHat can I say - I loved it! Brilliant!!!!! Date of review: April 5, 2009
In short: Good Warm up race for the big day In full: Lovely weather was on show as where alot of spectators. Not a PB this time round but only 40 seconds off it. A few more inclines than I thought there woul dbe, goody bag was good, although T Shirt was MASSIVE! Getting to and from was fine for me, no problem, overall a great little race, great support when you really need it, well manned water stops and marshalling. All in all a good race and a nice day out. Slight delay at start and scenarie was as dull as it gets. Other than that - spot on Date of review: March 16, 2009
In short: Three words - Stick to Paris In full: Having done the Paris Marathon a week before this one I feel I am perfectly qualified to compare the two. Put simply there is no comparison. Paris and the Frnech have got London Licked. The Paris and French handling of such a big occasion is about 100 times better, both for runners and spectators. I am gutted to be honest My time in Paris was 3:28:01 and in London 4:17:40 because I was stuck behind 30,000 slower people! I had high expectations of this one and have been let down badly. Such a shame! Even the sights are crap - the only inspiring moment is crossing tower bridge! Boring Race. Date of review: April 14, 2008