In short: A must-do race. In full: What makes this race so special?
1)Brilliant organisation - from plentiful toilets, great baggage drop area to the course being very well signposted.
2) Great support on the route from residents and marshals
3) Mildly undulating, yes. But what goes up must come down, right? I went easy on the uphills and easily made up the time on the downhill stretches and bagged a pb by over 5 minutes. Don't let yourself be put off by talk of hills, otherwise you will miss out on one of London's best races.
4) The race manages to create the feel of being a truly big event, with over 5,000 runners, including a band of elite male and female athletes (64 minute being the winning time in the men's race). This feeling of taking part in one of the major events on the racing calendar is further emphasised by the fact that it is run on closed roads throughout and the race starts and finishes in Lammas Park, the site of an impressive race village.
5) Whilst the event is now undoubtedly one of the major races around, it retains an appeal for beginners as much as elites. The sheer number of marshals on hand, all of whom seemed to be ready to dish out a friendly hello or an encouraging smile and supportive cheer, ensure this remains the case. There was also an abundance of pacers, ensuring the goals of the not-so-fast runners are rightly catered for, as much as the elites. In addition, there were lots of shouts of encouragement from others runners as the route came back on itself - this is what running, in my view, is all about, all of us in it together, regardless of ability.
In short, do this race in 2014. Personally, I cannot wait. Date of review: October 2, 2013
In full: A fantastic race, set in the beautiful surrounds of Richmond Park. Although it lacked the crowds of a big city marathon, there was excellent support from the marshalls (total respect to you all - thank you!), park goers and the very vocal contingent from Ealing Eagles running club, who were out in force. Date of review: May 21, 2012
In short: One for all abilities, especially beginners In full: It's the first time that I have run this race and, contrary to some of the negative comments about the previous year's event, I thought it was a well organised, very friendly run on a great course, with the proceeds going to a very worthwhile charity.
In short: excellent marshalls and support In full: ticked all the boxes for me. well done and many thanks to the organisers and many volunteers for making this such a success!!! Date of review: June 10, 2007
In short: excellent racing experience In full: this was my third 10k race at victoria park in 2006 and whilst i enjoyed the previous two, this was by far my favourite. i would strongly recommend this race to all, regardless of ability, as the friendly atmosphere generated really is second to none. Date of review: August 19, 2006
In short: how hot was it???? In full: I felt this was a really good race experience, with the excellent organisation and atmosphere making it special. The only downside was the excessive heat (thank god for the sponges!!), which prevented me from getting anywhere near my PB. It might be worth the organisers looking at a 9-10am start next year. I'll definitely take part next year. Date of review: July 16, 2006