In short: This is not a run for runners, beginners or otherwise. In full: On the plus side - great scenery, beautiful grounds. However - if Wellington School is to advertise this as a race /fun run on Runners World they need to understand the basic expectations of the average runner. In most cases, one of these expectations, and arguably the most essential would be an official time. This would appear not to be the case. I understand that the ethos of the school as far as this event is concerned is about participation, but if outsiders are invited to pay their £25 then the school needs to understand that timing is necessary if they wish to increase entrant numbers in this way. The start was utterly chaotic to the extent that health and safety issues were ignored. the majority of participants appeared to be Wellington students. That's fine. But if we are all runnind headlong towards obstacles that are invisible if a crowd is in front of you, and that only those familiar with grounds can know about, please take responsibility for this. A temporary fence was knocked over seconds after the start and it was not visible from the start line. There were no audible announcements not was there a klaxon at race start.
There were a number of trip hazards that were not signed on the course. Markers in the ground were more of a trip hazard than a warning.
If Wellington cares about making this accessible and attractive to participants who are not from the school then they could be advised to consult a professional race organiser for some tips. Or at the very least decrease expectations on the Runners Worls website. A fun run does not equate offering a run route with no timing and zero health and safety considerations. Why is it on the Runners World website? Also, there was a 5km available, for £25, but no medal was available for this distance. Please do not advertise this race again unless you intend to make some changes. Date of review: September 11, 2016
In short: Very tough. Friendly, well-organised. In full: Chepstow Harriers clearly put a lot of effort and care into organising this race and it shows. It is a hard one for beginners, but if you can get through it then you'll feel a real sense of achievement afterwards. Date of review: April 22, 2009
In short: Perfect organisation, quirky local race In full: What a shame it's on a weekday lunchtime - makes it a bit of a trip and at least half a day off work if you are in London. If it wasn't for this I would go more often. Nice bunch of friendly participants and a charming, funny organiser. A couple of interesting corners on sections of road where the pavement disappears. I heard someone in front being tooted at by an irate driver who clearly didn't expect someone to be running towards him, but then he was probably going too fast anyway. The driver, that is. Date of review: November 4, 2008
In short: Great atmosphere before, during and after the race! In full: A small field because it was the first event of this kind the school has held, but I'm sure it will grow next time. A friendly community of parents, teachers and kids from the school, hugely enthusiastic support from the walkers who met the racers on the last straight to the finish; barbecued German sausages for sale afterwards (plus cheese rolls for non-meat eaters). Free water, sports drinks, bananas for racers. The distance was actually 6.28km as measured by a Garmin but this didn't seem important given how much fun it was. After leaving the school grounds the route followed the towpath past Teddington Lock then back on to quiet residential roads in Ham before returning to Petersham. No km markers, but the promise of them next year. Shame we have to wait that long for the next race! Date of review: April 14, 2008
In short: Professional, smooth organisation; welcoming to all In full: If the exhilaration of a race, rather than slogging out a training run, on virtually any given Saturday morning all year round, without prior booking other than registering online just once a few days prior to your first run sounds ideal, then this series of time trials is a dream come true. Richmond is more challenging than Bushy but good if you want to push yourself harder. Most people are a little slower on this course due to the undulation and mixed terrain, but it gives you something to work towards...you don't have to take the easiest option every time! Why not alternate between Richmond, Bushy, Wimbledon....? Date of review: March 16, 2008
In short: Great fun In full: I really enjoyed it and thought all the organisers, volunteers and marshals were lovely.
I'm sure most people who sign up for a multi-terrain race know they are in for a challenge and if you run mostly on the flat it's a great opportunity to do something different. Yes, it was disappointing not to get a t-shirt - for me they are not so much a great addition to my wardrobe, as a memento of something I've done, and I'd rather wear a Kymin Dash shirt than a Nike one any day. They looked really well designed too....sniff. I wonder if the organisers could negotiate getting some more printed? Yes, it would be difficult to know who already had one, but if people are so keen to get one (or three..) that must be a good thing for the race. Not that I'm condoning those who were greedy!
The race certainly deserves to be more popular and I hope it continues to grow. I will definitely come back next year. Date of review: July 31, 2007
In short: BRILLIANT!! In full: My first half-marathon and first x/c race, and I loved every moment of it.The atmosphere was great, and participants were really friendly. The route was great - scenic, challenging, exhilarating. I would also like to thank the very kind bloke who dragged me through the last 2 miles of the race(could have been 3, not sure!!) all the way to the finish line. Without him I wouldn't have finished within my 2 hour target. (I also apologise for assaulting his ears by swearing so profusely, having almost hit the wall by the end). Will book for next year as soon as the entry forms appear! It was worth the trip from London as we made a week of it and stayed down for a few days afterwards and I'd recommend this to anyone. Date of review: April 30, 2007
In short: A 10k race close to London, so worth turning up for In full: All the comments about the KM markers are correct. They are wildly inaccurate. Deeply frustrating, especially when you discover this near the start - you know you can't trust the rest of them! However, given that the race is organised by a rugby club, not an athletics club, I think they do reasonably well, and (this is my 3rd one) enthusiasm among marshals seems to have risen on each occasion. This year more than double the number of entrants turned up. I think -hope - that with success will come improved organisation. I'm sure we can all guess how difficult it is to get enough willing, experienced, and let's remember, unpaid volunteers for an event like this. As far as the traffic was concerned, you either got lucky or you didn't. Definitely a few dodgy areas where runners keen to achieve a target time had to choose the kamikaze approach. But how many times a year do you find a 10k race close to London that is not run by profit-hungry Nike and has a manageable number of entrants (for participants as well as organisers)? Wimbledon RFC should be encouraged to collaborate with the Windmilers to make the improvements that are needed. Date of review: March 16, 2007