In short: Great course but some organisational aspects poor In full: First time I have done this race and was told the organisation was a lot better than last year. God only knows how bad it was last year!!
Bag drop was appalling, as mentioned elsewhere. Left mine unattended in the end, as race start was imminent. Need to do much better on that. Generally start was very crowded and seemingly fairly chaotic. Also just after the start of the race there were a number of speed bumps in the road, which arrived with no warning whatsoever - a real hazard. I woWould expect a marshall to be alerting runners to their presence to avoid any falls.
That said, once on the course proper, the race came into its own. A fabulous albeit tough undulating and 100% traffic free course. Really enjoyable and worth the entrance fee alone. Good marshalling out on the course as well, including paramedics on bikes (hopefully not needed), which was reassuring
So, in summary, great course, develop that, but organisation at start in particular needs to be much better. T shirt and goody bag a bit meh, but I've had worse - I don't enter for the goody bag. As said earlier, cotton t-shirts are next to useless. Don’t give them out and reduce the entrance fee or up it a bit and get technical t-shirts.
In short: Great race In full: One of my favourite races (it is at the end of my road mind you, so not excuses for not turning up!). Friendly, very well organised, lots of great prizes, kids fun run and a special guest appearance this year (after a notbale absence last year) of the sun. Still a tough course and although dry the conditions underfoot were uneven, so made for a challenging race. Will be back next year. Date of review: May 7, 2013
In short: Great event - but beware uneven terrain In full: This is a great event, well organised and perfect build up for London Marathon. The route is flat alongside the river from Putney to Richmond, but beware the teraain is very mixed - road, pavement, cobblestones, trail, track, tow path etc., ad as a result is tough on the feet. I badly aggravating my achilles during teh race which was a shame, but not the fault of the organisers or route. It was just one of those things. Beware though if you do have niggles in that area. Date of review: March 8, 2013
In short: Where's Kelly? In full: Great race as always. Not sure what happened to Dame Kelly tho' - was it too cold?
Fantastic organisation - the communication about the potential snow problems was brilliant. Course tough as always but rewarding. Marshalls great etc etc. Loved the previous comment 'Up yours to some of the impatient rude motorists'. Couldn't agree more!
Lizzie sorry about your issues - I hope the organisers take them on board, I am sure they will.
Great day all round though no PB for me this time.
In short: Challenging but fun In full: This off road run is organised by Beckenham Running Club who are a very decent and friendly local running club. The event is very well organised, well marshalled and they have a great amateur photographer who always turns up and posts great photos on flikr. You also get a nice cup of tea and delicious home made cake at the end! The race itself was hard work for me, as a relative trail novice, as it was very boggy underfoot, although the weather on the day itself was absolutely gorgeous. I managed to finish 28th out of a field of 200 odd in a time of 43.44 which I was happy with, being a good two minutes better than what I have achieved off road before. It was challenging but very enjoyable - I can certainly see the attraction of trail running over road running, even if I don't think I will ever quite embrace it the way some do! Date of review: November 12, 2012
In short: Very good - improved from last year In full: I was maybe a little harsh on this race last year. I really struggled with the hills and thought that the marshalling on the roads, in particular, was on the light side.
No such issues this year. In spite of the rain, I found the course easier (albeit still challenging), probably because I was forewarned. The marshalling on the course was much better and the number of volunteers, both young and not so young was absolutely tremendous, as was the support in Leigh. Well done all. K college was great, lots of loos & changing areas and a nice cafe. Very welcoming. Getting a medal from Kelly is always a highlight - she is a real trooper. Only (very minor quibble) would be the goodie bag at the end, but that often seems to be the case these days - must be a recession on or something!
In full: This was my first time with Ted Pepper and the first time the race has been run at (and around) Norman Park in Bromley. Organised by the Bromley and Blackheath club, there was a very good club turnout amongst the 200 odd runners. The course started and finished on the Norman Park Athletics track, which was a nice touch, and then wended its way through the local park and woodlands. The recent rain made the terrain quite muddy and challenging, but nonetheless enjoyable. I was happy enough with my time of just over 45 minutes which was outside my PB but, given the tough off road conditions, this was hardly surprising. Unfortunately, there is no chip timing and consequently my time was omitted from the results altogether. It was quickly reinstated, once I contacted the race director, but does not appear on my runbritain profile as a result, which is a shame.
The prizes for all runners were a commemorative mug and some running socks. This I think is a good idea. Medals are nice but, at the end of the day, are generally put in a drawer and don't see the light of day again. At least the prizes were useful and, given the mud, we all probably needed a new pair of socks!
There was a 2k kids fun run as well (£2.50 entry) which my son seemed to enjoy. He did get a medal.
Apart from the results issue, this was a well organised race with a friendly feel. Whilst there as a slightly 'clubby' feel to the event, I think unattached runners, such as myself, would not have felt left out.
I would recommend this race and will certainly do it again.
In short: Great race In full: First time at TW. Enjoyed it a lot and knocked 5 minutes off my PB. Very friendly and welcoming and exceptionally well organised. Up there with Hastings as one of my favourite half marathons. I see a few niggles on this forum and definitely feel for those missing out on goody bags, which is a real shame, but overall the organisation was first class. I missed Dame Kelly at the end so didn't get my medal from her, but fortunately got one from her at Tonbridge in September! Date of review: February 27, 2012