In short: Average cost/return but a glorious environment In full: Ran my 2nd race yesterday, having done the race for the first time in 2007. Duo's apparently harder than Tri's... Richmond park is a lovely environment (including deer!), enhanced by lovely weather. Course is not _easy_, but not ridiculously tough either. Competitors friendly, and a real mix of newbies and gear-freaks. Organisation good around the circuit, and maps/instructions good, but yes, they could have signposted the car park better! Not cheap at £55, and no goody bag, though... Date of review: September 15, 2008
In short: Another sunny smily race in London In full: My second LP race - lovely sunny day, friendly staff and marshalls, laid back atmosphere, some staggeringly quick competition, and those bagels! Always worth staying for the award ceremony, the most entertaining post-race speech. And Andy Bell from Erasure! Will be back next year.... Date of review: August 18, 2008
In short: Pleasant enough but traffic can be scary In full: For a 'first' Half, the course itself was nice; as an ex local, it was fun revisiting the villages and nice to get out of London. Traffic was definitely an issue at the start and end... could be quite offputting, especially for any newbies. Marshalls did a good job, but Essex drivers are not the most tolerant! Great support out in the villages. A lot of reviews mention the delay - but as the organisers pointed out in their joining notes, this is a 'charity' event, not a 'serious runners' run. That said, chip timing was nice, although my GPS made the course 13.12 miles.... In summmary, a pleasant day out, and all over before the storm swept through! Date of review: March 10, 2008
In short: slightly challenging route, mixed environment, excellent feed at the end In full: The 'race specific' organisation was a bit patchy - having to get numbers on the day made it an early start, and I'm local. Mass start, no chip timing, quite narrow course at times with some sharp corners, and occasionally vague route marks, plus almost no distance markers, made a PB hard to achieve. However, good road marshalling was evident. Post race feed was excellent; nothing like the average 'post race butty'; variety of drinks, cakes, pastries, cereals, and some good bacon, sausage etc hot stuff. Good selection of prizes, and many 'spot' prizes (raffle based on race numbers). nice to be indoors after the race too! Date of review: February 20, 2008
In short: A 'fun' run blessed by beautiful weather but marred by average organisation In full: Weather was an unexpected plus. Organisation lacking on many fronts, with varying impacts. Lack of loudhailer to manage crowd; running out of water; not having 'litter pickers' to collect spent water; water in bottles not cups; not warning about bollards on the route (saw one guy nearly lose his jewels in the early stages); taking down the mile markers before the race ended is immensely annoying; instructions re race numbers on front or back of shirts; no obvious first aid/support for any collapsed runners (my gf keeled over at the finish, and no-one attended to her).
By good fortune and good weather, this run went ok, but could have been chaos if the weather had been cold/wet.
In short: Lovely scenery and excellent organisation hide a few 'killer bumps' In full: Beautiful weather, friendly and helpful fellow competitors, clear signage and enthusiastic marshalls made this (my first duathlon) a very enjoyable event. Course is not flat, and the short & steep hill on the bike run was a challenge, and the long & gently climb on the last run likewise. Good to have a 'fun' distance on the same day. Real mix of hardcore and 'amateur' racers. Goody bag was non-existant, thought the race a bit pricy. Date of review: September 10, 2007
In short: mellow, friendly, well organised In full: A lovely scenic course in central london. Very efficient check-in, race packs, signposting. Very amusing speech at prize-giving (Baron Chain-up!), bagels and chocolate brownies. Course has 3 laps and quite a few corners, so serious runners might not PB, but unless you're sub 40mins, it's just a great day out. Date of review: August 20, 2007
In short: Friendly, laid back, lovely scenery In full: my first 10k, maybe 100 runners in total, mix of serious and amateur. Sociable and informal organisation, plenty of water (on what was a 30+c day). Toilets and changing rooms (basic!) but on-site, and plenty of parking. Scenery was a pleasant surprise; grass, trees and a canal.... Date of review: June 4, 2007