In short: Many improvements make a great race In full: I last did this race 4 years ago, whilst I'd forgotten the undulating nature of the course, all the positives I could remember remain. My main fault of this race 4 years ago, was the few portaloos . . .this year? I have never seen more portaloos at a race of this size, and it made a massive difference. Everything about this event was well organised, you can tell it's organised by a running club, rather than by a profit making organisation.
Would definitely do again . . . as long as I wasn't looking for a PB. Date of review: March 20, 2016
In short: Great Race - Especially for an inaugral event In full: I really enjoyed this event. I was a little concerned in the run up as I knew the course quite well and wasn't sure how 2000 people would fit along the towpath. In actual fact, the half an hour betweent the 10k and half seemed to provide adequate time for runners to fan out along the course.
I actually thought the race did provide value for money. I signed up with the early bird price, and to get free entry to kew gardens, a nike technical t-shirt, a beer AND a medal for that? Pretty good value in my book.
I've done a few inaugral events in my time, and there's been absolute chaos, not the case here. there were a couple of minor glitches, leaving the starting pace boards at the finish, mile markers were questionable at times, but I had my garmin so this didn't bother me. It was also the first race I've ever done that was absolutely spot on on distance. mine said 13.10 miles!
Overall, I thought organisation and communication was really good, Big thumbs up to the organisors, and I would definitely do this again. Date of review: September 23, 2013
In short: Fabulous race, great organisation In full: Really enjoyed this race despite the weather. Organisation and communication really great.
I did this race last year, and I had some niggles I had about gates and marshalls not really assisting runners across the road. This year couldn't have been more different, the marshalls were BRILLIANT, super pro-active.
Loved the fact the aid stations had flapjacks, jelly babies as well as water.
Also great medal at the end. Date of review: August 27, 2013
In short: Great race, fab course, faultless organisation In full: I did both the Spring and Autumn Tempest in 2011, there were some issues, not enough toilets, no chip timing at the Autumn Tempest, so I didn't do this race in 2012.
2013, I decideed to give it another go and it was brilliant, all the issues I'd had before had been sorted, the start is now near a hanger where you can buy food and drink, and also sports nutrition should you have forgotten anything.
Easy to pick up number and chip, more than enough toilets, race started on time, marshalls were enthusiastic, the whole thing ran like clockwork.
Also a really nice touch to get a handshake from the race director at the finish.
And did I mention the course is really great as well?
Would definitely do again, one day i WILL do the spitfire! Date of review: March 4, 2013
In short: Great race, slick organisation, good value In full: This was my first Self transcendance race, and I was not disappointed! It was the 10m on saturday morning and I loved the fact I was on the train on the way home by 10am!
Organisation was super, turned up, registered within seconds, bag drop was easy and efficient. Enough toilets for number of runners, banana and snack bar afterwards, and all for £8, can't go wrong in my book! Date of review: September 13, 2012
In short: Great race, beautiful scenery, would do again In full: Richmond park is a stunning setting for a race such as this, in a way, I hope it stays small, as there were so many small touches that made this day perfect! The organisers were great at responding to queries, there was sooo much food at stations, cake/jelly babies/bananas, I only took water, but it was nice to know other stuff was available.
Nice t-shirt and vest at the end.
My only (small) niggles were, the course seemed longer than 26.2 (26.4 on my garmin) and after pembroke lodge, the path splits, and there was no sign as to which path to take.
Otherwise, what a fabulous race, amazing location and slick organisation helped this to be a race to remember! Date of review: May 21, 2012
In short: Great Race - awesome crowd support In full: This was my 1st Fleet half, and I loved it. took 4 mins off my PB. Organisation was good everything seemed to go without a hitch.
The thing I loved the most was the crowd support, going through the high street twice was a pleasure with all the people cheering you along. A special mention must go to the amazing support at the bend at mile 10, so many locals out offering packs of jelly babies which was EXACTLY what I needed given I didn't see the energy drinks which were meant to be on offer at mile 9!
One negative was that, on a really warm day, my husband (who also ran the race) asked for a second bottle of water after the race and was told there was only one per competitor, made it hard to rehydrate quickly after the race.
Otherwise, though, it was a great day out and I thoroughly enjoyed it! Date of review: March 26, 2012
In short: Well organised race! In full: I enjoyed this race very much, what could have been a bit of a flat fast course was made an extra bit challenging by the 2k of wet, muddy, slippery towpath from 3k to 5k. Personally, this made the race more challenging for me which I enjoyed.
Warm up was good, MC was great, many, many marshalls, especially along the main road which was a pleasant surprise!
Chocs, bananas, water and medal at the end, overall, only MINOR niggle was that, myself, my husband and my friend all (on our different GPS systems) had the race between 10.2 and 10.3k. Date of review: December 5, 2011
In short: Good organisation, challenging race, would do it again In full: Frustatingly, my garmin decided not to work, so I have no idea what the actual elevation of this race was (can anyone email me if they used a garmin) but it did seem fairly challenging, there was very little flat mostly uphill and downhill . . . and VERY muddy. This added to the race, and whilst I don't like getting wet or muddy, you forgot about this after the first puddle, and it felt like you'd really achieved something at the end when it was completed and you were covered in mud!
Good organisation, great scenery, nice t-shirt, would do this again! Date of review: November 8, 2011
In short: Good fast race, delayed start though In full: I thoroughly enjoyed this race firstly, it was beautiful by the river, however it was VERY cold, so the delayed start (due to queues of people waiting for the portaloos) was quite unpleasant. Otherwise, thought it was a good race, got a PB and nice scenery by the river. Date of review: October 18, 2011