In short: Newham 10k Charity Fun Run may raise a few eyebrows, all for the right reasons. In full: Newham 10k maybe low key race, but it attracted a quality field of runners from far and wide. This race maybe flat but seemed tough and endless on a warm day.
The race started on the track at Terence McMillan Stadium and out onto the road into park turning back to retrace our steps back into the track.
Personally, I was not pleased with my results, but I was more than happy with the organisation. We got bottle of water at the start and at the finish of the race :=) I was also awarded with a t-shirt and a pretty medal upon completion. There were no “goody bags” as advertised.
Over all this was a great organised race. Oui, I would be happy to run this race again. Well done Mark Caswell and his South London Fives team.
Runners please note that Newham 10k Charity Fun Run should not be mistaken for Newham 10k Classic. The next South London Fives 10k race is Demanche 10th Octobre at Bushy Park Hampton see ‘RUNNERS WORLD UK’ or ‘South London Fives’ web-site.
In short: When I think of Bexhill 5k, my face lights up. In full: When it comes to organising races you do have to hand it to Bexhill Runners. They really do have great organisation skills.
Lee, Paul and all Bexhill Runners have always organised great races. Over the years I have built up a great rapport with some of the runners. I have run various Bexhill races but my favourite would probably be Bexhill 10 miles. It is mentally and physically tough; I still get nightmares about that race.
Bexhill 5k to me is similar to Serpentine 5k. The only difference is that it is near the coast. It is just like a party on the beach- just without the balloons, ice cream, pop corn and candy floss. I really enjoyed the free home-made cakes, my compliments to chef.
These races are for kids, adults and all the ‘Jack be nimble and Jackie be quick' runners as well as the slowly but surely runners.
This race caters for everyone including myself!
I noticed that my running club - Petts Wood Runners was not added onto my result :=(
Great race Bexhill Runners. I love the 2010 medal!
I must say I had a blast running Bexhill races. Keep up the great work.
In short: When I saw those mega Beckenham hills initially I thought to myself no way Jose!!! In full: Running Beckenham 10k road race is easier said than done. If you think that your running has gone downhill there is no need to fret- running Beckenham 10k will put you back on the road again.
Beckenham road race 10k is a tough and hilly course and it is not easy to tackle those hills. It was so hot, not even solar power energy could help me up those dreaded hills. The intense heat really did not help the situation. I suppose this is what you call altitude training.
This race is a two lap course of 3-4 killer hills! Some runners say the hills are steep but I would argue that they were endless. My legs nearly gave way just looking at them.
I’m very pleased I ran Beckenham road 10k race because the organisation was spot on. I managed to crawl up those dreaded hills- the good news was that the last 3k was nice and flat. The race finish was in Beckenham Park.
Beckenham Marshals are the best, it’s nice when you hear Marshals and also your friends shouting your name - it gave me that extra boost. I could not run any faster because I lost my legs somewhere on the last hill, err I meant I lost the strength in my legs somewhere on the last hill!
Great organisation and great run Beckenham Running Club you get my Runners World vote, err rating!
In short: Hard, Hot and Hilly! In full: Oh I do love this 10k, but it’s not an easy race! This popular and successful surrey 10k race will really test your fitness. There are about 2 hills round about 4 kilometres and 7 kilometres. Then there was that dreaded 9 kilometres through some dark, dingy woods.
Runners,by doing this race it can give you an idea of how fit you are. This year I decided not to push my luck by running too fast, so I decided to go with the flow. I must admit that the 7k hill was tough and took a lot of victims. I decided to run every step of the way, but it was a sad and pathetic effort. Going downhill was almost as painful.
What I like about this race is that you get to see the same old runners every year. Yes I am one of those enthusiastic runners.
My time was not great but I’m just glad it’s all over. Well done Reigate Priory AC you certainly do know how to organise races. The medal is very cute; it put a big massive smile on my face. It was a reminder of the first race I ever ran :=)
Well done to all and regards to St. John Ambulance.
In short: Folks, I missed the Grant and Stone Wycombe half marathon start by 17 minutes (I got the postal code incorrect - not completely my fault- Race Organisers!!!) In full: I met a race marshal named Allan who got me registered, helped me pinned my numbers and ran with me for three miles till I caught up with the last runner. He was chatty and in high spirits and left me in capable hands with other friendly marshals.
The second mile had a devious hill that went on forever. I really wish I had time to take my inhaler. The funny thing was that for the first time in my entire life I was over taking runners and was not once overtaken! The course was very tough. My legs were seriously hurting when running downhill.
The road was lined with smiling marshals and spectators shouting your running number and clapping. I did not have time to bring enough water and lost time filling my 500ml bottle. If I knew there were so many water stations I would not have bothered.
The last mile was really hard. You had to go into the woods where you could see the finish line. However, I was told by a marshal that it would take four minutes to get to the end. She was right it took me 4 minutes to drag my legs to the finish line.
For the half marathon I got a beautiful rectangle medal, a beautiful yellow technical t-shirt, and a goody bag with a drinking bottle, apple, orange, mars bar, pen and lots of other items. I was very impressed.
My time was actually 2 hours 8 mins. Would I do this race again? YES!!! THANK YOU ALLAN, without your kind help I would not have been allowed to run the race ;-)
A message to the race organisers: Please re-design your application form with your race details and postal code. You should have returned my SAE with the race details!!!!!
In short: Folks, I got battered and bruised at Bewl 15. In full: I fell badly in Bewl 15 (just before the fifth mile), I ended up enduring severe pain and limping for the next 10 miles, but boy was it worth it. I would like to thank the six strapping male runners who picked me off the ground and the runner who picked up my bottle of water- they ignored my pleas for them to continue running. Thanks to all the runners for being kind and supportive. Also big thanks to PETTS WOODS RUNNERS Men- they all waited for me at the finish (you should not have). Thanks everyone.
There were plenty of drink stations including Lucozade drinks. The Police were friendly as were the Marshals. A special thanks to the Marshal who walked me back to the car park who was concerned about my injury. The runners were very kind and supportive.
The medal was also nice- a great improvement from my first Bewl 15 medal. The cakes were extremely tasty and the Chip timing was good. The Goody bags were great and the Lucozade Rep was also very good. If anything there could be a few more toilets.
Last year Bewl 15 was ranked 27th in RUNNERS WORLD Readers Top 50 Races 2009 with 70 votes. It looks like Bewl 15 will be voted again as one of RUNNERS WORLD Top RUNNERS WORLD favourite races for 2011.
Martin Burke Race Director and Wadhurst Runners well done, for making me work hard for the 11th Bewl 15 for 2010 Race. “NICE WORK” to you and it was PAINFUL WORK FOR ME.
In short: There were many runners who were hot like me! In full: The Weald of Kent 10 was a beautiful and delightful race but it was boiling hot! It was the hottest day of the year!!! For me, running conditions were very tough. The temperature peaked at 31 degrees and it was very humid. The scorching heat was complete utter torture. Race Organisers- there were insufficient water stations. Three water stations were not enough for 10 miles in that scorching heat. One more water station would have helped us runners to cope better with the heat and temperature. I also think it would be a good idea to move the race to an earlier time which would help to avoid the full intensity of the heat.
However the chip-timing was very good. The Runners and Marshals were all very friendly and helpful. Additionally, the medal, goody bags and drinks were great.
I am pleased I ran The Weald of 10 race. It was quite a flattish course which was a PB potential. However, with the extreme heat and very hot temperature I achieved a seasonal worst. Nevertheless, I do hope to run this again.
For me this race was very testing both mentally and physically. It pushed every single button in my body.
The Weald Kent 10 miles was last year rated number 26 for Reader’s Top 50 Races’ 2009 with 25-49 votes.
Well done Maidstone Harriers- The Weald Kent 10 was a great race!
In short: The enjoyable Dulwich Runners 5k is a great mid week race for all types of runners. In full: If you are a serious runner or just slow on your feet, Dulwich Runners 5k will push you to the limit because it is usually hot and fast however it always remains enjoyable. You will see the sprinters, runners, joggers, and of course slowly but surely moi.
Running through the park and onto the road is fun, but loads of turns and bends which can sometimes do your head in. But at end of the day the race is good quality race which makes it very appealing. The route is the similar to Dulwich 10k in October.
Folks if you are ‘Up and Running’ I do recommend Dulwich Runners 5k.
As for myself I’m very, very disappointed with my time my breathing was worse than usual I just struggled with my breathing, silly billy me left my inhaler at home me which was costly mistake.
I like to say that this was best Dulwich 5k marshals. They were quite vocal this year. Did they get a pay rise??? Please send my regards to Ross. Every year I always hear a female voice calling my name near the finish line, whoever you are. Thank you, very much appreciated.
Well done Dulwich Runners AC.
Runners I will try and catch up with you all later.
Oh well done England football team! We will be rooting for you on Sunday.
In short: Wow, I can't rate Halstead Marathon highly enough. In full: Goodness, gracious, me. Halstead Marathon was such a super duper race- it really blew me off my feet.
I can’t rate this marathon highly enough. The organisation was faultless, the marshals fantastic, the spectators fabulous and the medal was one of the finest.
The Race Director did a first class job; he made this a successful and wonderful marathon. This was a pretty tough road marathon. It had many hills some of them were gigantic. There were plenty of friendly Marshals, Army cadets and supporters. This was not chip- timing but nevertheless the race result was up very quickly. There were plenty of water stations.
Thank you to the kind gentleman who tried to fill my drinking bottle before it was whisked away, out of his hands. I can’t believe I did not have to queue for the loo. It makes a change for once.
In fact runners, when it comes to Halstead Marathon - I can only say I saw no evil, I spoke no evil and I heard no evil. It was a first class medal, lovely t- shirt and decent goody bag.
Thanks to the Marshal who shouted out that Bromley Veterans have the best running club Vest. Thanks for that- there is a fiver in the post! What a weekend I had! Thanks for all your support everyone :-)
Well done Halstead Marathon- ranked 28th in UK Runners World 2009 Top 50 races.
In short: The reasons why I loved Bramley 20 miles were ................... In full: I know it’s early days but so far Bramley 20 miles road race has been the highlight of my year.
The reasons why I loved Bramley 20 miles were: • The laughing Police man (Nice Sergeant) • Plenty of toilets • Friendly Marshals • Great Organisation • Lucozade Sports Company • Friendly Runners (Especially the gentleman who got my bag from the tent) THANKS!
Nice bum bag – err it’s not my cup of tea. Now what do the Americans call bum bag? Oh yes, ha, ha, haa if I print that I would be reported to the Runners World Moderator.
Well done Reading Road Runners. Even though I think this was a painful run – worst than Luton Marathon. Many runners actually waited for me at the finish and were extremely friendly. That really moved me –emotionally.
That's why I love Bramley 20 miles and why you are also are my favourite race for 2010.