In short: Impossible course In full: First of all, the good things :-): the organisation was very good; the organisers were friendly and very reponsive; the marshalls were great too (apart from one that was busier with his mobile rather than indicating the way). BUT unfortunately this was the least scenic race that I have ever done. We only could run on the pavement, which brought very big problems with it: at the start, which was on the narrow pavement, not all people could pass and then straight away the pavement was drastically narrowed to about 30 cm running space by road signs that stood on the pavement. We needed to run around bus stops, cross trafficked roads where we first had to look right and left if you didn't want to get under a car. There were quite a lot of people walking on the pavement of course and I almost bumped into some people leaving a pub. Although the organisers did their best to organise a great event, the location is just not good at all. They should really consider moving the race to a nearby park or so. Also, the medal was really hideous. Guys, get a bigger medal because the entry was 10 pounds and I got real medals (better medals) from other races where the entry was much less. I am actually really sorry to have commented so negatively, because the atmosphere was definitely very good - ach... it's just this terrible location! Date of review: June 8, 2008
In short: Very friendly organisation, but twice up the steep hill is really hard In full: I only recently moved to Wimbledon and that was my first local race. All people there were very very friendly and helpful, so well done Hercules Wimbledon AC. A guy even spent a long time explaining me the actually quite simple route. Very small field of participants, almost all old club veterans. It was very very hot and unfortunately water was given out in cups instead of bottles - how would I drink out of a cup while running full on? Very very steep hill - up twice - so no PB potential at all here, but great medal in the end. Would definitely do that again. Date of review: May 5, 2008
In short: Very well organised by Fiona; pity about the some other race officials In full: First of all well done Fiona. I didn't know you before the race and we haven't spoken to each other either, but as soon as I entered the pavillion where all the runners got ready, I noticed a very energetic lady and I heard them calling you Fiona. So I thought it was you. I love to see people so passionate about something and this spark certainly gave me a positive kick before the race.
It is only a pity that the marshalls, though friendly, always only cheered on their own team mates from ESM. I would have found it encouraging if some of them would have also cheered for other people. Maybe they did, but I didn't notice.
As for the results: It was my second race ever and I didn't know how fast we could have the official results. So I went to the gentleman at the entrance of the pavillion and asked if he could tell me my official time. Still a bit tired by the effort I didn't get my number right and so he couldn't find me. While I was still standing there, he said to a lady rater bruskly "Make sure that these people don't come and speak to me all the time." Well, I acknowledge that he was busy typing in the results, but that is no reason to be so unfriendly. The next time he maybe should go and sit in the office, somewhere were people don't talk to him. Date of review: December 12, 2006