In short: Great Race but I was expecting something different In full: I think my expectations were a little high for this race as it has always been the half that gets special mentions. Yes the number of participants is impressive and in terrible conditions the support was good too but after leaving the city the scenery is pretty grim and the undulations make PB's very difficult. I couldn't help comparing it unfavourably to the BUPA 10K which I feel is the stand out event in it's distance.
Overall very good but not the best... Date of review: September 16, 2013
In short: Close but no cigar In full: GOOD -A GOOD NUMBER OF TOILETS -REASONABLY PRICED -GREAT STEWARDS -GOOD ORGANISATION ON THE DAY -GREAT WATER STOPS
BAD -HAVING THE HALF-MARATHON SET OF JUST BEHIND THE 10K WAS SUICIDAL PARTICULAR IN LIGHT OF THE VARIED ABILITIES -THE ROUTE WAS PRETTY UGLY -THE COURSE MAP WAS HIDDEN AWAY IN THE 'CONTACT US' SECTION IF THE WEBSITE
OVERALL WORTH A LOOK AT Date of review: March 11, 2013
In short: Breathtaking scenery and great organisation In full: Positives: A beautiful course shows off some of the best terrain in the UK and the most challenging. The organisation was very good and the course directions as good as any I've seen even in such barren countryside.
Negatives: The start of the race was single file up a narrow pathway meaning that there was no overtaking. As I was near the back of the pack I spent a long time walking at a slow pace in a traffic jam. This could be avoided by positioning oneself higher up the field.
In short: Maybe it was the weather but this was brilliant In full: Great scenery, well organised and with an atmosphere of camaraderie this race was a perfect introduction to the trail running. It was hilly but not impossibly brutal and the views were truly spectacular. Date of review: March 25, 2012
In short: Great support and nice route BUT big range of abilities in each pen In full: This is a very flat course with great support all the way round which made it very enjoyable BUT people of wildly different abilities were placed in the same coloured group. I spent the entire race weaving and overtaking people. I didn't expect this as it's the same team who do the BUPA 10k which doesn't have this problem. Hope they improve that next year but definitely worth doing. Date of review: October 30, 2011
In short: Nice to see a 10k in North London but mix-up with course In full: Attended this run on Sunday primarily because there don't seem to be many 10k runs in North London and I wanted to show suppory. Having previously attended a couple of the Clapham based races by the same organisers I had high expectations with regards to organisation which unfortunately weren't entirely met. As the course is very windy and hilly there are a number of places where the route wasn't clear. There were enough staff to cover these points but unfortunately one was left unmanned which led to me stopping, asking watchers which was the two leaders had gone, and then following them down the wrong route and missing 1km. I was later informed that 60 runners had done the same. While I made up the distance by running an extra K at the end it took the competitive edge off my running and made the event a waste of time. I hope in future the problem will be addressed and more North Londoners will get involved. Date of review: October 3, 2011
In short: Great Scenary, Great Support, Little to no orgnisation... In full: I did this race last year and found it completely unorganised but with great support and a great route. I therefore thought I'd give it another try as I naively imagined that the organisers would have improved their act sufficiently to justify their hike in price. The simple answer is no...
1) Lack of pens - There are no pens and there are allegedly 10,000 people running. As a quicker runner I found myself weaving and dodging from the outset. The organisers arguement about being unable to set this up is weak. Simple tape separations would be sufficient. That many people running at completely different paces is dangerous. I saw several people trip.
2) 35mins delay to start - Why?
3) Lack of toilet facilities - no urinals ment that men were peeing behind bushes everywhere particularly when having to wait for 35mins before racing.
I don't race for the goodie bag but call the bag they gave us by that name is a joke. Overall I won't be back, particularly at £50 next year. Do BUPA 10k instead! Date of review: July 11, 2011
In short: IU broke but it was still amazing In full: I have conflicting emotions following a fairly disaterious run but one thing you cannot question is the quality of the fans and the route. GREAT GREAT race. Date of review: April 19, 2011
In short: Great race In full: Well organised, good value and lots of supporters along the route. I would recommend this race to anyone looking for a VLM warm up. The only gripe I have (and it is a very small one) is that the Championchip system which requires you to tie a chip round your ankle left me with a pretty nasty blister. Would much prefer one that was tied into the laces. Aside from that niggle great! Date of review: March 21, 2011
In short: Nice atmosphere and a great run for beginners In full: Nice atmosphere and a good run for beginners who want a chip timed race but don't fancy the elitism of some of the other races. Having everyone in the same t-shirt cuts out the pressure of club runners.
On the down side as it's four laps of a narrow field if you're a decent runner you will be lapping people by the second or third lap and it was quite difficult to weave in and out. Date of review: February 13, 2011