In short: Beautiful day but tough hill that you have to face twice In full: Pretty route, with a quick field of serious runners, hardly any run-walkers. It's a course of laps and some of the k markers were missing. Also, this being a public park and a Sunday morning, there was the occaisional small child / dog who had strayed onto the route to navigate. Good marshalling and water station had bottles rather than cups.
Downside tho, there is a steep long hill and you run up it twice, the final time from 9k to almost the finish. Anyone that claims this is an 'incline' must train on Ben Nevis, (or actually in Greenwich Park), it's definitely a long steep hill that cuts pace and left back of the pack runners with no option but to walk. Although I got a new PB, I was off the time I expected. Date of review: March 7, 2010
In short: Well organised, lots of runners, nice enough course In full: The course is pretty enough, being a mix of roads and off-road. Part of the course goes through a residential area with people coming out to cheer us on, lots of home-made banners in evidence, a lovely touch. Large field and the slower runners were very slow, lots of walkers and run-walkers who killed the pace at the back, they seemed completely unaware people would want to pass them. The hill-plateau-hill section is a bit tough but the rest of the course is flatish and fast, my husband got a new PB and I was close to mine. Excellent organisation at the finish with water and bananas from Sainsburys. I'll be back next year and I'll won't start at the back. Date of review: October 12, 2009
In short: Friendly, well organised In full: I thoroughly enjoyed this race and achieved a new PB. I would have been even faster if I hadn't found myself behind the ambulance for a lot of the first five k. I missed the start started right at the back of the pack, but even after passing a few runners, the ambulance still insisted on overtaking me and therefore keeping my pace down.
Other than that, extremely well organised, friendly. The route is undulating, with a bit of a killer hill at six - seven K, tho the last K is downhill or flat and therefore very welcome indeed.
Despite starting at least three minutes behind the rest and being not at all fast at the best of times, there were at least 30 runners who finished after me. I would definitely recommend this to beginners. Date of review: February 8, 2009
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