In short: Good to come back In full: Been a few years since I last ran this race, the ideal 10 mile test pre-VMLM. I like the course change (avoiding the Richmond Bridge steps). Great marshalling, if one thing stays in my memory from this race is the effort of the marshals. Great job. Pint glass is awesome too. Date of review: April 18, 2016
In short: Fab for fleet feet In full: The organisation is pretty impeccable. A lot goes into this race and you can tell. Would happily do this every year. Great medal and bonus buff! Top marks. Date of review: March 20, 2016
In short: First time, probably not the last In full: Loved the novelty of the race being at Dunsfold and looked forward to doing this course for the first time ever. Loved the medal, appreciated the after-race snacks, really enjoyed the course and to be honest, I can't say I'd do the Cranleigh 21 over this race ever again. Ample parking, toilets and chip timing. Only minor issue was the mile markers were quite a bit out from the very first one, but that's what Garmin's were invented for. Overall, really fab stuff, thank you ETL. Date of review: March 13, 2016
In short: Fun! In full: Really enjoyed this race. First time I'd ever taken part so had no prior expectations. What I took from it was a lot, it made my day. The course I felt was great, from the hill/mountain from mile 2 onwards, which provides a challenge, to the prom giving you speed through to the variety in the harbour for the latter miles. The medal is excellent. Aldi's involvement added value. I enjoyed the signs in the latter 3 miles, I laughed at the "All this effort for a free banana" one. Great touch. The marshalling was great. Liked the drummers, the bagpiper and the other old musical van. Toilets, baggage provided, all fab. In terms of suggested feedback, perhaps expected finish time points in the start pen to keep/relieve the jam caused by slower runners starting at the front in a tight funnel. Once on the road there's a tonne of space, but the start is uneven due to this flow. Came away delighted to have taken part. Thank you. Date of review: March 7, 2016
In short: Filled a hole. In full: I wanted to find a last minute race to get some tempo/speedy miles in and found this. Enter online a few days out, jobs a good'un. That was grand.
I didn't expect much from the race and it filled expectations. A few niggles here and there, nothing outstanding, just run of the mill. I wasn't expecting much and got that.
The start line has no expected finish time markers which may help on such a thinned route for the first km within the sports ground.
I didn't trust the look of the baggage area so preferred my car boot. Number pick up on the day was a bit disorganised. Toilets I had to go scouting for, no real obvious signs to show where they were. Post-race goodies were fine, water, banana, crisps, cereal bar. The medal is a bit tacky with a simple engraving on the back of a bog standard generic design. The speaker system/PA is old, busted and inaudible.
The route is fine, it's hard to squeeze 13.1 miles in along the river near central London. I had no issue with the twists and turns personally. I felt sorry for Bishop's Park and the total state left by the Boat Race spectators, not the race organisers fault that at all. Putney Bridge will always be busy so pedestrian weaving was par for the course.
The one thing that I really wanted to get off my chest from the morning was the marshals. There were a few great ones, and I would like it noted that an Eastern European lady just before Hammersmith Bridge who was giving high fives was excellent, and I believe someone else was doing this too early on. I love that enthusiasm and expect it - it should be fun and the runners appreciate it. A few smiley faces from others here and there. However, there were some who obviously would have rather been anywhere else. Headphones on, leaning against lampposts, mobile phone staring, sitting down showing nothing but total apathy on their face. It deflates the mood, especially on such a gloriously sunny day as we had. As someone who is passionately vocal when marshalling myself this really gets my goat. Get people who care, not just a job filled. It spoils the overall impression. Having marshals just stare at you when you say thank you, or half-heartedly clap sticks in your mind. It really let my feel toward the race down. Engage with local running clubs if possible, ask if they'd help provide volunteers, people who are runners, who have empathy, and watch the level of energy around this revolutionise your race. Also, I was a little let down I had to inform a poor elder chap that the marshal had sent him into the finish from the towpath after he'd only done one lap as I passed him. He had to turn back, luckily not too late on. If you had runners or people from the running community, not just what felt like agency staff, they'd know the difference in pace, so if someone is being lapped they know to direct each party the correct way.
All in all I was happy to get a half done at some pace, so what I wanted, it did. Had it been a big event on my calendar, I'd have been disappointed somewhat with a few things. The car park exit didn't help - traffic lights, other sports events, the Wetlands Centre all adds up to an hour long queue to go 500m. Leave early, park elsewhere or just hang around afterwards in the sunshine is my advice. I'd run it again, but not as a destination event, just as it's convenient in date and place. Date of review: April 13, 2015
In short: All the the great things you'd expect In full: On the same day as Reading Half, and if this happens again I'd always stick to Fleet. For runners, by runners and you can tell. Date of review: March 26, 2015
In short: Great In full: What goes up for nearly 5k must come down for nearly 5k! Certainly a negative split kinda 10k course! Thanks to all for putting it on, quaint surrounds and bravo to all the volunteers and marshals. Date of review: November 18, 2012
In short: Enjoyed In full: Thanks to all the marshals and volunteers today and all at Epsom & Ewell Harriers for putting this race on. Playful 10 miles around Epsom and enjoyed it plenty. Date of review: November 18, 2012