In short: Pretty route, hilly tho and quite fast In full: This was my second 10k so I didn't know quite what to expect. It's a pretty run, some of it round a lake and across fields and some along well-marshalled roads. From around 2 - 6k it's uphill and reasonably tough, after that it flattens out but doesn't go dramatically down-hill. The other participants looked like pretty serious runners and I was one of the last home at 1:06. Lots of support from the friendly marshalls all the way round, although I could have done without being told off for having my number pinned to the front of my shirt, rather than the back as I crossed the finish and had barely clocked my time! I was too sore to participate in the legendary after-run refreshments tho:-(
I'll do it again next year and hopefully it won't be so hot. Date of review: September 15, 2008
In short: Good once we were off In full: This was my first 10k and I would have liked a little more idea as to when I'd actually be running. We live in Bedfordshire and left home at 4:00, thinking we'd be running by 6:30. We didn't manage to leave the stadium until after 8, when it was dark as we were soaked to the skin after being made to stand on the pitch in the rain for twenty minutes, while we were encouraged to 'warm up'. Route was ok, tho there were a couple of bottle-necks (due to puddles in the main but also a narrowing of the route just before the waterstation). The mob scrabbling for their end of race t-shirts was a little unsettling and I admired the patience of Nike staff who had to deal with some very rude people who snatched t-shirts without a please or thank-you.
To sum up, I am pleased I did it and I now properly have the running bug but really Nike didn't do us any favours keeping us coralled in Wembly for a couple of hours. Date of review: September 1, 2008