In short: Too expensive In full: This was my umpteenth run in my local race. The organisation was as smooth as ever, and the goody bag was actually good, but the cost - £25 for an eight mile race on public paths and roads which aren't closed - is just too high. Human Race sent out an email a couple of days before the race, explaining a change to the route due to 'emergency' roadworks. Nonsense! The roadworks have been going on for weeks, with a sign saying that they'll continue until May, so this was something that could have been foreseen and planned long ago. Having said that, I thought the change was actually for the better, and hope the new route stays. Date of review: April 2, 2012
In short: Thanks In full: Firstly, thanks to the organisers - especially the cheery marshalls - for a great job well done and much appreciated.
Three small suggestions. An earlier start, please - it wasn't as hot this time as a couple of years ago, but a lot of us slower types still struggled. Number and tag by post, please - less messing around on the day. The guy next to me at the start almost did himself a serious injury by running into a parked car - realise they can't me moved or banned, but maybe a tall marker (as they use in the Kingston Breakfast runs to avoid people running into bollards).
Overall, thanks for a really good event. Date of review: May 31, 2009
In short: Excellent In full: Many thanks to everyone at the fire station for organising another excellent event. Despite the rather worrying fact that my times get slower year by year, I'll be back. Date of review: November 10, 2008
In short: Thanks In full: Thanks to all the organisers and volunteers for another well-run, friendly event. Very well done for getting the results out so quickly.
Just one question. How did the chip timing work? I timed myself from crossing the start line to crossing the finish, and recorded 23 seconds less than the official time shown in the results. Did the official time start from the hooter and end when somebody walked up to me some way past the finish and scanned my chest? If so, the times are far from accurate, especially for those of us who started towards the rear and took time to get to the actual 'start'.
Still, at my age and my pace, this is all getting a bit academic... Date of review: June 2, 2008
In short: Thanks to the organisers and marshalls In full: Really good atmosphere and remarkably free from traffic problems. Thanks to the marshalls for their help. Two minor quibbles. It's a 10K race, so K markers would be much more helpful than miles - mid-run mental arithmetic is beyond me! Also, the finish was hard to see and a bit confusing. Overall, though, thoroughly enjoyable.Thanks to all involved. Date of review: May 5, 2008
In short: Brilliant race In full: One of the highlights of the year for me. Great course, good atmosphere and very helpful marshalls (who have a difficult and thankless task, holding up traffic on major roads - thanks, guys). Just one suggestion - give the starter a megaphone and do the one minute's silence properly - which means one minute and silence.
In short: Good race In full: Despite my own pathetic performance this year, I still think this is a good race - fair course, friendly marshalls, pleasant scenery, excellent parking, nice cake. The start was a bit chaotic, and we could at least have had a countdown and siren blasting, to give some atmosphere. The water stations were more important than ever in the heat. I know it increases costs, but bottles/pouches are SO much better than half-filled plastic cups.
Overall, thanks to everyone who organises this good event. Date of review: June 9, 2006
In short: Wonderful In full: I noticed that this weekly race regularly gets rave reviews, and so tried it for the first time on Easter Saturday. Every word of praise is well deserved, and I can't think of a single criticism. Many thanks to the organisers for their welcome, efficiency and simple generosity in organising the event for free, week in and week out. Excellent. Date of review: April 17, 2006
In short: Good event, but becoming a victim of its own success In full: I've done the 8.2 mile races for the past few years, and enjoyed this first crack at the 16 (although the huge blood blister on my left foot might not agree). It's a good, fast course, with clear signage, friendly marshalls and a good atmosphere.
However, there are two problems. Firstly, it has become very popular, and the organisation is beginning to creak. Secondly, runners' expectations have risen, but this event is much the same as it has always been. So, yes, please sort out the start and finish arrangements, go for chip timing, and sort out the goodies at the end - that ASICS bag was a bad joke. If some of these changes cost money, perhaps local businesses will help, because the event brings thousands of people into Kingston.
Overall, though, it's a good event, and my thanks to the marshalls and volunteers who made it possible. Date of review: April 3, 2006
In short: Thanks In full: Thanks to the organisers, to the friendly marshalls, and to the members of the public who cheered us on. That hill really isn't as bad as people make out! And I found the Km markers very clear. Date of review: March 6, 2006