In short: Cheeky Little 5k In full: We only decided to do this at the last minute as I've got Edinburgh mara in 4 weeks...however this race is a mile from my front door and we have to support our local races, plus my 12 years old decided he wanted to run it.
So glad we did it even if we did get there and register as they wer finishing their warm up.
Traffic free course, it does a sort of figure of 8 on Hilly Fields, the climbs maxed out at 497ft climb...there are no flat bits.
There are families, buggies, people laughing and 5minute milers all there.
Theres a medal and (good quality) T shirt too.
We shall be supporting this race every year. Date of review: April 27, 2008
In short: They must be doing something right In full: As I keep going back....even though each year I say I wont bother next year. Very little crowd support, all country lanes....so if you like looking at fields and hedges and trees then you will love it.
I know I'll be back agian next year....I still dont know why. Maybe it's the medal Date of review: March 17, 2008
In short: Something for the weekend? In full: There are few better ways for a runner to start the weekend than a quick blast around Bushy Park on a Saturday morning.
For some it's become an annual pilgrimage, others make it down once a month check on their training and there’s the others……..yes the others……the ones that are there come rain (sleet/snow/hurricanes) or shine (heat waves/droughts/hosepipe bans) the ones cheering you on as you ‘sprint’ down the final straight, the ones who hand you the little silver disk of dreams at the end.
You get out what you put in at the BPTT, injured? Offer your services as a helper…..everyone helping is a volunteer. New to BPTT? Come along to Café Nero on Teddington High Street afterwards and meet everyone upstairs whilst warming yourself on a well deserved mocha choca dooda.
In short: Great for the elites, not so good for the plodders In full: I entered because of the review's on here.
It is a good race, in that it is flat and the scenery is good. However if you are a plodder (like me 11m/m) then I would enter something Reading instead for atmosphere for you first half, I would not recomend this race. There were time when we had no idea which way to run because there was a real lack of marshalls, or they had got bored and were gazing in the wrong direction and or talking to friends etc so you had to run up to them and ask which way to go.
Can we have a medal instead of a T-shirt and can you get the pub to open up at 11, they missed a fantastic oportunity there.
That all sounds a bit negative. It is a good race, but did mostly feel like just being out for a long weekend run. Date of review: May 14, 2006