In short: A decent enough first outing for this event In full: Nice venue in Beale Park, fairly flat course with good pb potential although some parts were a bit uneven underfoot. Smooth organization, but a couple of action points - a kit tent and about 10 times as many portaloos next time please. A pleasant evening out. Date of review: July 8, 2009
In short: A pleasant way to spend an evening In full: Nice course through forest and along fairly good trails, nothing really nasty underfoot. Some short sharp climbs. A very hot day but shady for most of the route. Extra water station laid on, which was much appreciated and the sign of a well-organized race. Big goody bag and nice medal. 209 events tend to be good low-key and efficient races and this was no exception. I enjoyed it. Date of review: June 30, 2009
In short: A tough race In full: A great course, mixing country lane, trail and in places shaded woods. Several big climbs that sapped the legs on a baking hot day. Coupled with a village green fete to make a pleasant morning out in the fresh air in a lovely part of the country. A pretty good first effort by the organizers, my only gripes being not enough loos and the year not indicated on the medal or ribbon. But thumbs up from me and I'd do it again. Date of review: June 28, 2009
In short: A real test and a thoroughly eccentric event In full: The toughest course I've ever done - up and down the Box Hill escarpment. Those steps ... . A real test of fitness and determination, but by no means impossible if you've prepared properly and treat the course with respect. Glorious views from the top, and some surprisingly long and flattish stretches to get some proper running in before the hard grind of yet another 1 in 2 gradient. The course is also well sheltered, so foul weather wouldn't put me off. Superb atmosphere, a real party on the run, a sense of all being in it together and a convivial host and race director in Dr Rob. Flawless organization, including a great picnic spread at the finish line. Loads of water stations and jelly babies en route. A special thanks also to the marshals and water station helpers. Top marks all round from me - I thoroughly enjoyed myself and will be back next year. Oh, and a corker of a medal, a real cracker. Date of review: June 20, 2009
In short: Fast and flat and pb potential on the right day In full: Good venue and as others have said, a flat and fast surface and course but somewhat uninspiring, twice round a rowing lake. That said, the time seemed to pass quickly and it was enjoyable enough. Exposed to the elements, so if the weather is foul or hot there's no shelter or shade. Nice medal. Easy to get to by public transport, good baggage store. A bit disappointed that the chip time started with the gun, not crossing the line, but the results were up by the time I got home - impressive. A pleasant day out. Date of review: June 6, 2009
In short: A great town-centre race In full: A fine race - starts and finishes in the town square, excellent loo and other facilities in the vicinity, loads of folk out to watch and the locals seemed happy to have us. This is the only race I've done where the mayor was handing out medals in his chain of office! Near the railway stn, which is important to us non-motorists. I liked the course, which was varied enough to keep it interesting, both in scenery and profile - the ups in the first 3K were noticeable but not killers. An excellent goody bag (medal, T-shirt and a cotton shopping bag). Only very minor gripe is that the year isn't shown on the ribbon, but I can live with that. Great finish atmosphere, plenty of pubs and cafes, and this emigre Cornishman was pleased to see a pasty shop just 200 yards from the line - the icing on the cake, really. I'll be back! Date of review: May 31, 2009
In short: A fine event In full: A surprisingly green and wooded course, apart from a few pavement sections. No huge inclines but as ever, over 13 and a bit miles you're going to have some inclines. But as it's a circular route what goes up comes back down. Excellent organization and an amazing goody bag with medal and T-shirt and other things for one of the smallest entry fees around. Also an excellent start and finish venue. It was a hot day, so I certainly appreciated the abundance of water and sponge stations. Definitely one of the best events around. Date of review: May 10, 2009
In short: A nice day out In full: A no-frills local 10K - turn up, pay a tenner, run the race. Coupled with a fete on the village green. Nice course, more scenic and rural than the previous one. Particularly appreciated the baggage tent - important for non-motorists who can't stow their gear in the boot. I'll be back next year if I can. Date of review: May 4, 2009
In short: Unexpectedly challenging In full: Credit to the organizers for finding a rural off-road course in the suburban sprawl of west London. It was harder than I expected but good fun nonetheless. Good choice of start venue, with a shopping centre nearby for the family and within easy cycling range of the railway station. A nice no-frills no-nonsense 10k to work off the Easter chocolate. Date of review: April 13, 2009
In short: A nice event but over-organized In full: I echo what Sleepy Lion said earlier - there was a lot of mailings and imho an opportunity missed to earn more money for the cause. For the price to get a T-shirt, traffic-free course, medal and chip timing is very, even excessively, generous given the fundraising cause. Tbh I would have done away with the chip and put the money to asthma - the start was spacious enough for everyone to be across the line within seconds.
The venue was nice, the course flat and straight although a bit windswept and desolate. Supervised baggage storage was excellent. The PA system was poor, I couldn't hear the safety talk and speeches properly. Unlike another previous reviewer, I had no trouble spotting the distance markers.
A good and enjoyable event and I'll be back, but I reckon it could raise more for the cause with a little less organization, if you see what I mean. Date of review: April 11, 2009