In short: Local so I am a regular In full: New course this year, not sure if it is an improvement, but is easier to cater for 5K as well as it is 2 lap instead of 3 lap. Main problem is too many sharp turns and some muddy patches, so not so good for pb. Start is too congested. I hope they measured it carefully - my gps made it a little short. Date of review: March 7, 2010
In short: Unique In full: I used to live around these parts (Epsom, then Headley), and used to train in the area, so love the countryside. The facilities are great, only slight quibble was about the water station, nobody to hand out water (and if I stop it takes me a long time to get going again), I dropped 8 min off my previous 2007 time, so pleased with this as a checkpoint for my training for marathon next January.
Very friendly, but maybe not a race for beginners. Date of review: November 22, 2009
In short: A good check point In full: I live in Streatham and used to bring kids to Dulwich park a lot. I was going to do the Clapham common race last week, but I had just got back from a business trip so entered this instead. I am building up for my first marathon in January, so wasn't really training for a 10K. The previous week I had totalled about 40 miles, so was not exactly fresh.
However, I managed a PB by about a minute (although my watch and the race clock seemed to differ a bit, the race clock gave me about 52 mins). Course itself was fine, but not as scenic in my view as clapham common. It surprising how a long very gentle uphill slows you, you only realise you have been going uphill when you reach a downhill stretch.
My big querstion is whether I will ever break 50 mins. Maybe I need to join a club - saw an article in sunday newspaper about how training with others is beneficial (which I always did when a schoolboy runner). Is every body else a zombie the rest of the day after a run? Date of review: October 11, 2009
In short: Good cause, nice day and course In full: This was my first race for ? 25 years, although I have been doing some fitness running for the last 4 years. I used to run a lot when young, but just average level.
So I thought I would provide myself an incentive, and entered this race. I had been doing 1 hr training runs, but still wanted to make sure I finished, so I started very moderate and gradually built up. Course is a mix of grass and path, with some small humps to break up the monotony. Organisation was fine compared with my school day x country races, who wants km markers, anybody experienced can judge their pace and it's meant to be for enjoyment and fitness, not too anal.
I finished well under an hour (53 min), which was fine for the moment, plenty of room for further improvement though, my goal is to get under 45 min before year end.
It makes it much better running along with people rather than training by myself.
I was surprised how much more tired I felt compared to my normal 1 hr training run....
Easy to get to and park as I live in Streatham. Date of review: September 18, 2007