In short: Newham Classic 9.6K In full: My second running of this event, with noticeable improvements over last year in start and finish organisation. Traffic control and marshalling faultless too. This year's route was largely along the traffic free Greenway which I liked. http://www.mapmyrun.com/routes/view/82712561
Things to improve for next year: * baggage reclaim was understaffed, * route markers in final km through park could be clearer to help avoid unintentional corner cutting.
Finally, although personally not a big deal, we have received a formal apology by email for the race only being 9.6km! I bet they get that right next year: and I look forward to taking part. Date of review: April 17, 2012
In short: Less is more In full: It was ok ... nice atmosphere and copious Gatorade but outweighed by painful start delay, inability to run through crowds (20000+ take part), comedy t-shirt, shameless promotion of 2012 event (even printed on the back of this year's medal), cost. For a beginner's 10k it might be a good introduction ... but on balance I've enjoyed smaller events more. Date of review: July 13, 2011
In short: Well organised Event In full: My second time of running this event; marshalling was as good as last year (and the loop around 8k was much clearer too). Nice buzz with the track finish. And the weather was nicer. Possible tweaks (nothing major): timing clock on the finish line; online registration; check the 8k marker is shown the right way around (its 8k going past the marker on the way down, not up?).
In short: Nice preview of the Olympic Stadium In full: The event should appeal to a wider set than those who already enjoy their running: hence Jocelyn Brown, Levi Roots, and, err, Miriam from Newham College. Chris Tomlinson and Julian Golding provided sporting kudos with Tessa S. The finish organisation not as slick as start/on-route. Overall, a good atmosphere and an enjoyable race.
In short: Phew In full: Did anyone mention it was a bit warm? The organisation was generally good; the atmosphere up the hill and through the village encouraging, as people turned out for the accompanying Fayre. I can echo the comments on the congested finish, the inconspicous mile markers (expected km markers!), and great sense of achievement. Date of review: December 30, 2010
In short: Well organised race around the Garrison In full: Well organised race, easy parking, well marshalled by running club and military. The course skirts the Colchester Garrison with nice finish on athletics track to show off your sprint finish. :) [Odd loop at 8k where we seemed to unnecessarily cross with other runners, or was that just me!?] Date of review: December 30, 2010