In short: Congratulations to the Organisers - this race has a massive future In full: Am going to summarise this race with bullet points - 13,000 entrants but no traffic - Great organisation - A fantastic venue for supporting (you can choose so many different parts of the course to cheer on) - Amazing scenary, up and down the mall, across the South bank and then a very pretty route through hyde park - An inspiring finish line, with a nice long straight to finish - Excellent focus on charities and an area to get food for runners or spectators
All in all, this I hope will become a race that inspires many people to get fit and take this challenge next year.
Well done Rooyal Parks Date of review: October 13, 2008
In short: . In full: Given the excellent reviews, I ran the race for the first time in 2008. As a quick summary this is an excellent, demanding cross country run set in pretty woodlands.
The run is dominated by long gentle to steep uphill runs, and then quick sharp rocky terrain downhills.
You start in the grounds of an old private school, that has plenty of car parking, toilets and showers. The race itself has good markers and enough water stops.
The run starts by winding up through the school, up through some narrow paths between fields and over a few styes. After a mile you are then in woodland and the route cleverly takes you through a mixture of woods and long open paths, with the race culminating in a long mile ascent up to the very summit of Holmbury Hill (one of the highest points in South East England).
Nice friendly atmosphere with massive sense of achievement at the end. Date of review: July 21, 2008