In full: Really nice route, narrow in places, but good PB potential given how flat it is. Atmosphere was great. The only whinge was how long it took to find the reunion points - which weren't on the map, weren't particularly easy to find and none of the marshalls knew they existed! Other than that - great run! Date of review: October 10, 2010
In short: Undulating, challenging - that last mile feels like two! In full: As already said, full credit to the marshals they were absolutely fab! The course is a little challenging, but there are as many downhill stretches as there are upward ones. My only gripes would be the cups of water at water stations (why? especially when you're handing out bottles of lucozade at the same stations!) and the start, which could have been a little more streamlined. Other than that, a very nice race, and one I'll definitely be doing again. Date of review: September 27, 2010
In full: A PB for me this year - not bad considering having to wade through an awful lot of people who seemed to be going a lot slower than the wave time would suggest. That aside, the GNR never fails to disappoint, with a great atmosphere from marshalls and spectators alike. Wasn't too keen on the Powerade Zero they dished out at the first energy stop, but the rest was great. Overall, highly recommended. Date of review: September 22, 2010
In full: This was my first Clapham Common 10k and certainly won't be my last. It was friendly, well organised, and a little challenging in places. The warm up was good, it was also a nice idea to have the kiddies doing their run first. Running back to the bandstand a couple of times was a nice touch so that you could see more supporters to give a bit of a boost. Definitely recommended. Date of review: July 25, 2010
In short: Poorly organised (again!) but wonderful atmosphere In full: Pretty much what everyone else has said - especially the person immediately below my comment. Would have broken the 45 minute mark had I not ran 10.5K rather than 10, and not spent an inordinate amount of time weaving through walkers and people who were struggling in the heat. The water shortage was appalling. Why on earth don't they organise a staggered start based on estimated times? It makes no sense. The "goody" bag was poor as was the medal. All that aside the atmosphere is great and the support from the crowd was uplifting. The scenery is brilliant. There are still lessons that could be learned, as it's one of the more expensive 10k's I've run, but the route is what will make people come back time and time again.
Next time, I'll arrive at the start line for 8:30 - then I might not spend 70 minutes waiting to actually start the run..... Date of review: July 14, 2010
In short: Could do better....but was better than 2009 In full: Huge medal. Great crowd support. Beautiful scenery.
Far better organisation re water supplies and loos than last year. They let themselves down regarding the exit and the buses - but the walk helped so I can't complain too much. Overall - still a very good run. If it could be a little earlier in the morning (say 9am?) it might be cooler for everyone.... Date of review: May 31, 2010
In full: Bit of a shame about the water situation, especially in that heat. Got rather horribly burned and very dehydrated, though recognise I was a lot better than some who were so in need of water they had to resort to minesweeping used bottles for dregs. Aside from that the atmosphere was lovely, extremely supportive and the running crowd themselves were very friendly too. Fantastic moments with kiddies running into the street with bowls of jelly beans, and others with hoses from their gardens to soothe parched runners. I could have cried when I finally ran into the stadium because some very kind people remained faithful and cheered wildly for the late finishers. On balance I'll do this again - with a water belt. Then it'll be perfect. Date of review: November 10, 2009