In short: Great run on scenic and relatively quiet roads In full: Marshals were everywhere on the course ensuring that you couldn't take a wrong turn. Signage was great. The start was, er, prompt! Can't complain at all.
10 pound entry was perfect - a pound a mile is great value in my eyes. Liked the momento and the race HQ at Epsom course made the event pretty unique.
In short: Great marshals and efficient organisation. In full: The start was really efficient with clear markers so people started in the right place (according to their estimated times). KM markers were highly visible (probably the first 10k I've run where I saw them all).
First half of the course was very clear of traffic and some good pathways to run on. The second half was a bit busier but there were marshals at every junction making sure it was clear for the runners.
Lovely t-shirt at the finish together with ample supplies of chocolate and milkshake recovery drinks.
The only downside has to be the toilets - OK, there were plenty of them and no queues but in the gents (portacabin near the finish/race hq) there was no soap, no hot water, no locks on the doors. That's my only gripe. Date of review: February 10, 2008
In short: A great race - whatever the weather. In full: OK, so the weather wasn't on our side this year but that didn't stop this race from being super efficiant and with excellent marshalling throughout - which was really appreciated great considering the rain. Great to see the sportsystems timing system in place this year. Lovely hot food afterwards and a great sized hall to relax in away from the elements.
This is the second time running this race and I'll certainly be back for more. Date of review: December 10, 2007
In short: The winning formula just goes on and on... In full: After running over 50 Bushy Park Time Trials I've been looking forward to this since it was announced. In one of London's great parks what started (and continues) at Bushy Park is now being run over a slightly undulating course just a few miles away.
A super quick first mile then evens out and finishes with a long slight incline with a few twists and turns to the finish.
Organisation is rock solid with a tried and tested formula and I'm so fortunate to have a selection of these great time trials on my doorstep. Date of review: October 21, 2007
In short: It may be hilly, but its fast. Great race. In full: Well organised. No obstructions (cars). The start was on time. Race was well marshalled. Full of club runners (who know what they're doing which is good) and although the start is a 10 minute jog from the clubhouse, this isn't a bad thing. Lovely hill from the word go, and an even more enjoyable downhill to follow.
The best thing is that you get to enjoy it all twice! Date of review: August 12, 2007
In short: I love it. Bushy Park rocks! In full: Great company, great marshalls, great support from local running clubs. Chip timing was used which ensured accurate and really quick results processing. Date of review: July 28, 2007
In short: Like Marmite - you either love it or hate it. In full: I had been warned in advance that this was a rather "dull" course - you run 5k in one direction, turn onto the towpath and then run 5k back to the finish. Well, this is exactly what the course is but I rather enjoyed it - no surprises to be had!
The start was efficient and on time. Marshals were at every junction keeping the cars at bay. A water station was provided, and I had no trouble on the towpath (I dodged a stray dog at one point, although I know one person wasn't so lucky and took a tumble).
Its a fast course, where you need to push harder in the second half as the towpath surface isn't as quick. Electronic timing at the finish ensured results were available within minutes of finishing.
Thanks to Elmbridge for putting on a well organised race. Date of review: July 15, 2007
In short: Fast flat course with lovely river views as well. In full: After a lap round the village green you head off on the pavement/road to Kingston. I enjoyed running through the town centre (its early on a Sunday morning so no trouble from shoppers) and back over Kingston bridge for the run around the towpath. There were a couple of muddy parts (all the recent rain) but nothing to be concerned about. Marshalls were at all important intersections. Plentiful drinks stations.
The race started bang on time and the chip timing made the finish and results processing super efficient.
I didn't enjoy the course as much as some other races (e.g., running between buses through the station car park at Hampton Court railway station) - the wet and windy weather probably contributed to that as well.
I hear that in 2008 it will be hot and sunny once again. I'll be back. Date of review: July 2, 2007
In short: A lovely race in the sunshine. In full: I wasn't sure what to expect from this beforehand but I when I crossed the finishing line I was smiling from ear to ear because it was just...lovely. OK, so the weather was a touch on the warm side, but I really enjoyed the sunshine.
We started at the pretty village green then headed off into lovely country lanes. Some of the views were just spectacular.
The start was efficient, the marshals were very supportive, and everywhere you turned there was a photographer making sure the moment would be captured forever!
I personally was very happy with the amount of water stops, and took two or three sips at each, and then the rest went over my head.
Well done to Dorking & Mole Valley AC for putting on a terrific race, and one that I certainly plan to return to next year. Date of review: June 4, 2007
In short: Great organisation. Great race. Lovely momento. In full: Starting bang on time, this was an excellently organised and executed race by Ranelagh. The course was excellent and hardly any cars to get in the way, even though most of the course was on roads. It was a little tricky at Kingston bridge but nothing to complain about.
Great little medal, and chocolate, and bananas. Very happy indeed.
Thanks especially to all those helping who got wet in the rain. Date of review: May 13, 2007