In short: One of my favourite races. Will be back next year In full: This is one of the few 10Ks in central London and Hyde Park makes for both a scenic and fast race so there is plenty of opportunity for a PB (I heard a few runners around me saying they had achieved this). The course has improved since last year so it was two simple loops around the Serpentine. The organisation was also very slick this year with quality goody bags (medal, T shirt, sports drink and several energy bars etc all in a "bag 4 life") and tonnes of marshals who really went out of their way to cheer us on and make us feel special (all to often at other races you see marshals just chatting to each other or on the phone!). I'll be back again next year. Date of review: October 25, 2010
In short: Not the best organised race In full: I've not done this run before so I dont know how much had to do with the bad weather but I didnt think it was a very well organised run. They must have had many fewer runners than expected because of the weather and yet they still ran out of everything at the end. My partner finished on the hour and didnt get a goody bag whereas my friend finished with neither a medal nor a goody bag. And the marshall on the common by Parkside should note that her role was to direct and support the runners not to chat to her friends so that they all blocked the path! Date of review: March 3, 2010
In short: Great charity race In full: The weather was amazing given the downpour the day before and the location, in one of London's most central and picturesque parks, was a real plus. The organisation was great for a first time event and the marshalls and staff were all really friendly and supportive which lifted the whole event for me and led to a really enjoyable run. I would definitely do it again. A good run and a great cause.
I've read the comments below about the bag store being further away than necessary but I overheard one of the marshalls explain that this was because of the bad weather the day before. They had planned on it being by the main tents but, as noted below, the field turned into a real marsh with all the rain and so the store had to be moved to drier land a little further away. Date of review: November 16, 2009