In short: Undulating course made it interesting. Fantastic marshals! In full: It was very cold and wet but this was still an enjoyable race thanks to some interesting climbs. Big thanks to the marshals who spent their Sunday morning standing in the freezing rain cheering and clapping us on. Date of review: December 10, 2007
In short: Nice to run point to point for a change. In full: Another decent run from Purple Patch. Much better marshalling than at the Thames Towpath in the summer. Although it was 90% flat along the towpath the steep ramps under every bridge made it interesting. Could have done with more toilets at the start. Date of review: November 11, 2007
In short: Excellent organisation, very friendly run. Not so keen on the second half. In full: Pretty good race. The marshalling was fantastic. The second half of the marathon was pretty tough because the field thinned out so much. Second half was very flat though - apart from the killer incline (well it killed me) at 25 miles. Date of review: September 4, 2007
In short: Excellent race. Amazed that the organisers pulled it off after the floods. In full: This was a fantastic route. Flat with some excellent views of the Thames that you don't get to see driving around or running on the road. I really liked not doing a circuit and thought the buses and baggage etc. were very well planned out. I have never been on similar sized race which had such excellent facilities.
I know one or two of the marshals were a bit rubbish but the majority of them did a brilliant job.
I also really liked the hill start! Date of review: July 30, 2007
In short: Should be a perfect 10k for speed being so flat. In full: It's flat and fast. The rain was heavy at times but I preferred that to the extreme heat we had last year. Very well organised, lots of toilets, great goody bag, nice medal. Date of review: July 2, 2007
In short: Raining, muddy and hilly - brilliant! In full: This is a great course. Uphill and downhill all the way. Not so steep that you couldn't take advantage of the downhills and no need to kill yourself on the uphill sections. Date of review: June 25, 2007
In short: Excellent new route, well organised and the weather was kinder than usual In full: The new route is excellent, a massive improvement. There were no choke points, the views were excellent and the hills made it interesting. Far better than the long hot slog to Redbourn and back of the previous course. Marshalls were excellent and there was loads and loads of water. Nice ice lolly at the end! Date of review: June 10, 2007
In short: With free parking and entry to the zoo this was the first time entering a race has saved me money! In full: Not only was this race great value (if fancy going round the zoo) but it was an excellent experience. On the second lap round we disturbed a kangaroo thing which went bounding away. Nice change from my usual route where I might expect nothing more exotic than a few rabbits. The course was traffic free (least when I went round) and beautifully quiet. I liked the early start as well. Well organised and friendly. Date of review: June 4, 2007