In short: Second time of running for me - just gets better In full: Enjoyed it more this second time round - it was nice knowing what was coming. Special mention to the "marshal of the year" on mile seven, and the two purple pom-pommed cheerleaders towards the end. You were great. Date of review: March 22, 2011
In short: Brings fun back into running In full: Excellent new race - great views, excellent marshalls, and plentiful water and wine stops. Not sure if it was deliberate, but liked the way the wine being sampled seemed to link into the part of the run - Flint Valley for the lowlands, and Juniper Hill at the top. The dried bananas, apricots, yoghurt raisins and digestive biscuits at mile 8 were a great thought - maybe have those at some of the other drinks stations next year? With the jelly babies and power gels, no need to run carrying anything. I've been converted to dried bananas as a mid-race snack for the future.
Well done, and looking forward to next year. Date of review: September 13, 2010
In short: Smalll is beautiful - great event In full: Great not to be fighting huge crowds of other runners en route. And the drums start, end and on the way were great - really motivating, with superb marshalls. At the end, just a minute's walk from the end to collect the bags from the baggage drop, and then onto the barbecue for a quick snack and refuel. Definitely one to add to next year's calendar. Date of review: March 21, 2010
In short: Definitely one for next year's diary In full: Good organisation, great views on the way round, challenging ups, but the downs more than compensated. Couldn't believe previous year's comments about PBs on the way up - but hey, managed one myself. Amply rewarded by tea and a good slab of cake. Well done organisers and cake makers. Date of review: November 8, 2009
In short: Great start to the year In full: So much work must have gone into making this such an excellent race - from the arrows painted on the ground, through the fun signs and finishing up with such great goodies - not least the cheese and pickle sandwiches. The cameraderie amongst the runners was amazing - definitely helped on those steps! Thanks to everyone - organisers, marshalls, runners, supporters and bemused dog walkers for making it so great. Date of review: January 2, 2009
In short: Really enjoyable - excellent organisation, helped by perfect running weather. In full: My two abiding memories from this will be: 1) going over Kingston Bridge and down the tow path, hearing the pounding of many runners feet in time, and being part of that, and 2) my leg cramping about ten yards from the end, and earlier finishers shouting at me to hop and keep going - many thanks! It was great to feel part of the much larger running community. Date of review: October 13, 2008
In short: Really good event In full: Nice course - riverside half definitely a plus, and I thought it was nice to watch the chaps doing the regatta on the way. Learned the hard way to keep my mouth shut alongside a riverside under trees to keep flies out. Sorry to the person behind me! Date of review: July 20, 2008
In short: Well organised, good atmosphere - but the wind!!! In full: Good venue, especially for parking and loos, plenty of water stations, good organisation, friendly marshalls. But why is it that the wind never seemed to be behind me??? Date of review: June 22, 2008
In short: Great event, great friendly marshalling - and great weather! In full: Basics were great - used Chessington World of Adventures car park, so parking no problem - plus good supply of loos. All the people in yellow jackets were extremely encouraging and cheerful - shame I don't live near enough, as otherwise I felt encouraged to join the club. The weather obviously helped, but all in all, an excellent way to spend a Sunday morning. Definitely one to do again next year.
BTW - my second 10k - encouraged me to try more. Date of review: February 10, 2008