In short: Good not great In full: The water was a major issue - only 1 water station, which you saw as mentioned below after 4.3 and 8.6 miles. And they handed out the water in paper cups - when I pay £25 I'd like to think they could stretch to bottles, so you can carry them as you run...
I disagree with the below on two points - I finished a good few minutes behind the first reviewer yet I got a Medium t-shirt - I had to hunt around though before I found where the t-shirts were being given out, but there were loads left. And I disagree on the mile markers too - most were virtually spot on - but then all of our Garmin's seem to measure differently anyway. It came in at 13.16 miles, which is I guess pretty accurate given an allowance for weaving around the paths to avoid puddles. I do agree re the cutting corners, but then again I felt that I inadvertently cut one or two and I still did 13.16mi... Also, since I'm not racing for medals, does it really matter?
Nicely arranged, with a friendly touch, and a decent course - sort the water out and you've got yourself a good race that I'd definitely come back to. Date of review: August 26, 2013
In short: Very enjoyable In full: Firmly in the "fun run" category, as it was 10 laps of the South Colonnade at Canary Wharf - a fraction under 10k (9.91km according to my Garmin). Very congested, no starting pens etc, so it was difficult to get going initially. It would a perfect PB course if it wasn't for congestion and walkers, but it's a free charity run and for that reason alone it gets full marks. Excellent marshals and a nice medal too. Date of review: May 22, 2013
In short: Lovely atmosphere, but very overpriced In full: Firstly, the course - as a local to Greenwich Park, I knew what I was going to be getting! Very steep hills (4 of them in total for the 10k), and a killer to any thoughts of a PB. That said, it was my 3rd race in Greenwich Park, so I can include this one as a separate PB now - my best time in Greenwich Park as distinct from normal flat 10k's! Lovely scenery though, and great views from the top.
Organisation - it ran like clockwork - plenty of toilets, lots of marshals (all of whom were really encouraging), and a very enthusiastic announcer on the mic.
The downside was the price. It was £20, which I think is steep for a 10k anyway, but when you consider that the medal was remarkably basic (cheap) and that the water station consisted of some cups of water being handed out (we all know it's impossible to drink from a cup while trying to run), it's difficult to see how they justify £20. Yes, it was professionally run, but without a charity donation in there I just can't see how it was worth £20 to get a £2 medal and a cup of water at halfway.
In summary, I really enjoyed myself, but there's far better value out there - if they made a charity contribution as part of the entry fee, or just gave out water bottles and better medals, then I'd consider this to be much better value for money. Date of review: May 21, 2013
In short: Better than London (in my opinion) In full: The weather was great, albeit not for runners, but the crowds were fantastic.
The repatriation area needed sorting out - too many rude spectators refusing to get out of the way of near-crippled runners. Also, Shoreham Docks was energy sapping due to the lack of support, and they might want to consider having the "wall" miles (19-23?) through a nicer or more spectator-friendly area in future years.
Otherwise though, given that you could sit on the beach afterwards rather than a stinking tube to get home (I live in London), and since everything else was perfectly organised - plenty of well-manned water stops, lots of marshals etc - I much prefer the Brighton marathon to the London marathon. Date of review: April 11, 2011
In short: Excellent but testing race In full: The first 6 miles were fine, the 7th was horrendous (a hill with no end in sight!) and the next 6 were fine again! I surpassed my expectations by about 10 minutes, and it was lovely to look around at the scenery when running which made the hilly bits very bearable.
Only two minor gripes - I didn't get given a t-shirt, I rather naively just assumed it was in the impressive goody bag - surely someone at the end should have made it clear that t-shirts could be picked up?
The other gripe is against everyone moaning about the Gu gel. Yes, it tastes foul, and is thick in consistency, but no-one made you take this free gift (FREE GIFT!) - next time, stop expecting the world on a stick and actually try bringing your own carb gels with you!
A terrific overall experience, and a credit to TW Harriers and the people of Tunbridge Wells (and the picturebook surrounding villages). Date of review: February 27, 2011
In short: The hardest race I've ever run! In full: The first 4k was solid hills, every time you get to the brow of a hill, there was another one waiting for you! Just to give you an idea about the hills, I did the first 5k in about 35 mins, and the second 5k in 24 mins! Lovely atmosphere though, and the feelnig of achievement at the end made it all worthwhile - will definitely go again next year! Date of review: February 14, 2011
In short: Very enjoyable all-round In full: The marshals were great, with plenty of encouragement, and the long downhill stretches were welcome after struggling up through the park.
I've seen the other criticisms that more of the race should be in the park, but having done a 10k in the park, this involves 6 laps and is absolutely soul-destroying! The local roads are nice enough, and quiet for that matter, so it's a pleasant enough course.
Finally, the medal... IF this is a charity race (it claims to be, but I don't see Dulwich Runners advertising any particular charity), then fine - if not, then the medal is awful. Either way, I'd happily pay another few quid to get a decent (engraved) medal, but given that they say it's a charity race I have no issue with it, and it's money well-spent. Date of review: October 11, 2009
In short: Lovely local charity race In full: Well organised, friendly marshals, helpful organisers, and a great kids race at the end. Only downside is if you don't like running laps, as there are 6 of them! but if I don't beat my 10k PB here next year I'll eat my hat - it's as flat as you could ever wish for!
Also, considering it's a charity race, the £10 gets you a nice medal, and a goody bag, which is fantastic value. Date of review: May 9, 2009
In short: Another good run In full: Only issues were the parking (I was in Kingston by 6:45am but still met a load of queues) and after then queueing for the toilets, I only got onto the start line at 8:20, 5 mins before the start of the race. They need more toilets and better organisation regarding parking in my opinion.
The bearded steward sat on the ground next to his bike after 1 & 9 miles was a grumpy sod too, and offered no encouragement - the rest were excellent though. I was glad to see him struggling into the car park with a puncture on his bike tyre at the end though!!
All in all, excellent - a flat quick course that I'd have flown along if it wasn't for my recent knee op - I'll definitely be back in October and again next spring. Also, much as I'd like a medal, a mug is a welcome change especially since I broke last year's one! Date of review: April 6, 2009