In short: decent, but not memorable In full: A fairly quick course, with a couple of very mild and very quick inclines whilst on the grass. The main problem is 4 laps of the course, which is quite boring.
Marshalls were ok. Some were encouraging and some didn't say anything. The woman who shouted out the times half way through the laps was encouraging but she kept calling out incorrect times which would be annoying to some.
There were a lot of pedestrians, dogs etc but that can't be helped and was manageable.
Fellow runners were very encouraging.
I'm not sure that I trust the website to show the results. There are other MCC events from a few weeks ago on there, with no results published Date of review: February 26, 2012
In short: A few issues but generally very good In full: I like this race. It starts and finishes in the athletics stadium and a decent crowd came to watch. The route is picturesque - the majority is set in a lovely forest setting, weaving past the golf course. It was also good to see 2 water stops instead of the usual one.
However, with regret, I have had to take marks off the organisation. The collection of running numbers/chips before the race went smoothly enough but the race itself started over 20 minutes late. Unfortunate, but not really acceptable - I'm just glad it wasn't too cold during that wait.
I'm sure that was just a blip and so I would definitely run this again Date of review: October 17, 2010
In short: Enjoyable but not spectacular In full: I enjoyed this race. The scenery was nice, the organisation was generally good, the support was good, the course was flat. It was also nice to see the kiddies finishing their 2k race before we set off.
The course itself is very flat but have rated it as 'midly challenging' as there are a few sharpish turns which reduce speed, and also a couple of parts where you run through longish grass. There was also the occasional problem with the wind blowing up the marker ribbons which caused obstructions.
The only major gripe is that the marker at the 8km mark actually read '7km'! Not really a problem for me as could judge it by my watch but might be quite de-motivating for a first time runner! A basic error which shouldn't have been made.
Overall, it is a good race for novices. The fact that only one runner finished under 40 mins proves that.
In short: Enjoyable as always In full: This is the 4th year in a row I've run this race and, again, I enjoyed it especially as it wasn't as hot as the previous two years.
There aren't many spectators en route but the marshalls are very good and encouraging. I disagree with the comments that the hills are mostly downhill, there are definitely at least two more ups than downs!
I can do without chip timing as that would increase the cost of entering (which is a nice price) but they need to enourage some slower runners to start at the back, not the front!
In short: A good one In full: Well organised - I feel that the course could accommodate the large number of runners. It started on time, no problems with the baggage, and didn't take long to funnel through at the end. I was also impressed that a text giving the chip time was received shortly after finishing.
As for the route, it is flat and so it is in theory quick. I certainly got a PB. However, the wind was fairly strong for a few km which could negate the flatness slightly.
After observing the appalling scenes at the Richmond Deer Park 10k last weekend this was certainly a pleasant change Date of review: November 15, 2009
In short: Pros and cons In full: A decent race for novices. Minor inclines but generally a flat course, and very good encouragement from the staff and compere.
However, there were some negatives. Firstly, there were not enough portaloos. Secondly, it started late. Thirdly, we of us ran it and all finished at different times, but none of us received a goody bag or even knew they existed. Finally, the price is far too high, especially when you also have to pay £1 for baggage which is poor Date of review: September 6, 2009
In short: Lovely race, albeit with a few issues In full: The race itself was excellent. Lovely scenery, not too crowded, good encouragement. However, they actually started the race 5 minutes early which is very poor. Date of review: June 6, 2009