In short: Scenic run, easy to get to, definate potential In full: This race has great potential. It's a great starting spot with parking, and good links to public transport. Registration was simple, bag check was useful, though toilet availability could have been better. The route itself was surprisingly beautiful, and really flat. I do echo earlier comments that with adverse weather, this has potential to turn into a bit of a mud-fest, but so long as runners are forewarned, that could be part of the fun. The real dissapointment for me was signage all but dissapearing after crossing Chelsea bridge. I happened to be in a gap between runners, so there was no one to follow -or ask for directions! The last 2.5 miles were a bit of a guessing game with lots of potential places to turn the wrong way, which was a shame, because up until then, the marshalling had been great. At one point, I found myself running down the drive for a local sports ground, and encountered some angry drivers who were less than thrilled with a runner taking up any space on an already narrow lane.
A huge thank you to a few of the competitors who hung around applauding as some of the slower folk came to the finish. It was a real shame that there was no water at the end. As someone who brought their own sports drink for the race itself, I was really dissapointed with the lack of refreshment at the end.
So, a few suggestions for next year: -Brief the runners that some signage will apear as green spray-painted arrows on card, and that these are valid race markers and should be followed. - A big directional sign at the bottom of Chelsea Bridge. -A couple of "caution runners" signs and a marshall wouldn't go amiss when runners are using local sports ground drives. - a bottle of water and a piece of fruit at the end of the race.
Overall this was a nice race. With a bit of work on the kinks, this could be great. I look forward to next year. Date of review: April 8, 2013
In short: Wet, cold, but friendly...shame about the rain In full: I ran the South London 10k for the second time on Sunday. It's a nice race that begins and ends in a park, undulates a little, but still offers the chance of a pb. the organisation is simple and the people friendly. In this case it was just a shame that it was pouring down. I waited as long as I could indoors before heading out to the shelterless start area. Everyone was trying to cram into the bag storage to keep dry. With the race registration closing 15 mins befor the start of the race, it just meant that we all stood around freezing begging for them to call runners to the start. Once we got going it was fine, but the start was grim. Huge respect for the marshalls who grinned and bore it the whole time, at least we were keeping warm moving. A hot shower and bowl of soup have never felt so good. Date of review: March 1, 2010
In short: A Nice morning run in a nice village In full: There was a nice feel to this race, friendly people, and encouraging marshalls. The course was muddy in places, but overall a really pleasant way to spend sunday morning. The early start meant it was perfect for meeting up for Brunch in Wimbledon village post-race. Date of review: November 16, 2009
In short: Snow, mud, and smiling faces. In full: I had serious second thoughts when the snow began falling in earnest as we drove up to the school. It was 1 degree when we set off, on a slog through muddy fields, swampy bridleways, and punishing wind. The Marshalls were amazing out in it for hours, and still encouraging us all. No chance of a PB, there are very few stretches of road, and if the trail gets muddy, there is little if any traction. If you don't care about your time it is great fun, and such lovely people! I would definately recommend this. Date of review: March 25, 2008
In short: Great race, despite the rain. In full: I have to thank the marshalls for this one. Standing out in the pouring rain for a few hours can't have been pleasant, but it made such a difference to runners! Really enjoyable course, and it was great to see some of the early finishers hang around in the park and cheer for runners as they came in. The ladies changing was a bit cramped, but otherwise fantastic organisation. Date of review: May 16, 2007
In short: What a lovely race! In full: This was my first Bath Half Marathon, and the experience was great. Bath is a lovely city in its own right, and this is a perfect opportunity to escape for the weekend. Though the start was cold, windy, and threatened rain, the atmosphere was amazing. Everyone was talking to each other, and were very encouraging en route. There was a collective cheer as the lead runner outlapped the pack, and the good people who lined the course route made my race. Despite the bottleneck at the beginning, and some issues with spectators trying to cross the race route, it was a great weekend. I will definately be back! Date of review: March 26, 2007
In short: Fantastic race! Thank you TRAC! In full: This is the second time that I have run the Thannet 20, and I loved it yet again. The course is just beautiful, and the atmosphere is really special. Many thanks to the marshalls for smiling even when the rain came pouring down, and to the wonderful people who had hot tea available as I walked in soaked to the skin. I will definately be back!!
In short: Friendly, Hilly, but not a great finish. In full: The weather was ideal for race day, though recent rain made the off road sections really muddy. The start line was really confusing, with so many people tripping over each other to get from the scout hut to the road, but once we got going the herd spread out nicely, and the scenery was lovely. My one frustration was the finish. Despite friendly and helpful marshalls, the finish ended along a very narrow alley that forced us to run single file. I ended up in a slow queue of 5 runners, and couldn't pass. So rather than finishing strong, I was stumbling around the final corner fighting to move faster. That being said, there was some significant road works in the area, so I understand that this affected the course. I would come back, but pray for a better route next year. Date of review: February 27, 2007
In short: Looming clouds but lovely locals In full: With big rain clouds overhead, and a few drops before the start, this race had potential to be a cold and wet slog. I have to admit, I was not looking forward to it, as I walked across the soggy farmer's field that served as a parking lot. Luckily the rain held off, and the friendly locals made the race a really nice event. Hats off to the marshalls who stood out there with smiles and encouraging words, no matter the weather.
In short: Beautiful coastline, sunny skies, a little wind, and some confused looking pedestrians, but a great day all round. In full: The organization of this was really good. I especially appreciated the high visibility directions toward parking. This was my first attempt at a distance longer than 13 miles, so really appreciated all the encouragement from marshalls and fellow runners alike. That last steep hill up from the water around mile 16 just about killed me, and the bit where we running beside that shipyard with all the freight containers was really dusty and smelled of diesel fuel, but apart from that the course was a pleasure. The Gymnasium where we all met pre/post race was really cold. It made me really thankful that there was a hot cup of tea available. Date of review: March 6, 2006