In short: A slightly more challenging 10km In full: A very well organised 10km, great children's races as well. 2 x 4kp laps, half off road and half on road with one long steady climp at 4 and 9km's. good mix of people and club runners. Very well recommended, although possibly not PB potential Date of review: May 11, 2009
In short: 3 lap fast flat course In full: Basically 3 laps of Beddington park, pancake flat. Ideal for pacing and PB attempts. My best 10km time for 8 years. Very well organised and definitely should be on your list if you are after a fast 10km Date of review: May 11, 2009
In short: A scenic, hilly 10km, very friendly and well organised for 1st event In full: I did enjoy this race, it was pretty well organised from what I could see for the 1st time of running it. I thought the entry was a bit pricey for a 10km though. A very tough 1st 2km basically uphill all the way, but as it was an out and back course you had the benefit coming back. 170 people was about right, I would limit this to no more than 200 as on some places it was hard to pass. The scenery was wonderful and seemed a very friendly race, and despite the price I would do agin for sure. Date of review: April 22, 2009
In short: A good Pre London race.... In full: Well 2nd time of doing the 16miler in April, and found it far better today than when i done my review for the October version. Maybe i am more a spring person...?
Seemed better organised (i did come by train this time so maybe avoided the normal parking problems) Roads were very well marshalled, and i seemed to pass easier this time. Nice weather too, in fact got a little bit warm on the 2nd lap. Enough drink stations, and Lucozade twice a lap. Again one of the slightly more expensive races, but is really good for a pre run before a marathon. Date of review: April 1, 2007
In short: Nice but tough 2 lap course. Weather made it tougher in 2007 In full: Quite a tough 2 lap course with the weather this year. First time i had done this one. Wasn't really in the frame of mind to race today due to various issues, but probably was worth it for the scenery and getting out for some fresh air. Course tough, off road sections were muddy and slippery (made it more fun) and plenty of ups and downs to make it tough. Had a good 2nd half, and pleased to go 10 miles for the 1st time for 6 or so months after injury, so plenty of positives. Marshalls and organisation were excellent throughout, and they did a great job to be out in that weather. Would definitely do it again, although i feel my knees may complain tommorow! Date of review: January 7, 2007
In short: Tough, muddy, hilly, sandy, interesting,varied off road event In full: First time at this event, and throughly enjoyed it, took it slower than i would for normal races, just so i could enjoy the experience more. 1st half was scenic and not too hard, but the 2nd half was very different, lots more uneven hills, mud, bogs up to the waist of foul smelling mud (that wouldn't wash off afterwards). Lots of sand dunes at the end that were hard going as well. Very friendly event though, everybody seemed intent of having a good time! Will certainly be back for next year!
In short: Standard 10km, slightly hilly, pretty nondescript! In full: 1st time i had done the local one.There did seem to be a bit of organisational problems, start delayed a little, and also they ran out of race numbers as well, and just one water stop, that was manned by 2 people for a fairly big entry!
Actually race was a bit undulating, although the weather was just about spot on, mild enough and a fine drizzle...Not very much to see scenarywise, the last 1km was probably the toughest (or was i just too knackerd) On a personal view, 1st completed run since FLM, and 1st run of any description over 3 miles sine, so pleased with 43.21 time, when i was aiming for 50mins! Knees a bit tender now...Would do the race again, and hope they will iron out the problems of the new start for next year Date of review: October 22, 2006
In short: Average race, not best organised, but good prep for FLM In full: I had done the Running Festival race over the same course with approx 400 people doing the longer race, and what i remembered was a lot nicer than i experienced here. Thought there were a few organisational problems. Like a few people have mentioned, parking is free on a Sunday till 11am, and all the 8 milers and also some of the 16milers could have managed this rather than paying 3 pounds at the eden centre, or more elsewhere. The route seemed a lot more crowded,and not sure the different starts really worked, as had to pass loads of slower 8 milers on the 1st lap, and also the faster women would ahve been hampered a lot by the slower men (i ran with my girlfriend so experienced it) Had to keep resorting to stepping into the road. Seems a bit unfair for the women who are quicker. Not sure if the start is too small for everyone to start together, but at least people would then settle into their pace and place within a mile or so,rather than being hampered by the majority. The only scenic and nice bits seemed to be the towpath, and the rest quite narrow and hard to pass on. Not many toilets as far as i could see, and also see a lack of organisation at the end. A goodybag, with just a couple of leaflets (would have been better with nothing). Also the drinks at the end seemed chaotic, and saw quite a few people carrying boxes or lucozade away without being stopped, with still lots of slower runners coming in after (so wondered if they would run short by the end?).
Good points are, it is flat, local (to me), Nice distance at that stage before London marathon. And it starts early which means you have the rest of the day left.
I would do it again,only as local and its good for training, but i thought it was expensive for what it was, and did enjoy the October version (which was less packed) a lot more. Not sure the course can really cope with that amount of numbers
A lot to be improved on! Date of review: April 6, 2006
In short: Crowded, great atmosphere, hard, cold, but an excellent race in all In full: Seemed very cold waiting at the start, but warmed up as i went along as turned out sunny. Verry hilly course, but worst of it in the 1st half. Managed target of 1.50, despite the usual walkers being in the wrong place at the start, and had to do lots of dodging in first few miles (the one bad point). Fantatsically supported race and would do it again. Splits showed the 1st half toughness, taking 57.16 for the 1st half and 51.59 for the 2nd. A good halfmarathon though, and would recommend it to people who like a well supported and crowded race. PB potential small, unless its your 1st one Date of review: March 13, 2006
In short: Well run autumn half In full: 5th time for me i doing this one, and the organisation gets better and better. water at the beginning, was helpful, and also bottled water at the end. Weather was very mild this year. Nice run, undulating most definitely, not many PB's to be had i imagine, but my best time, for the last 3 years, enjoyable race once again, injuries permitting will be back next year! Date of review: October 31, 2005