There's no doubt you're right about last year's event, Anne. It was a shambles. But Kathy is right, too. Energized's South London 10k, which is also local to me and uses a well-trodden race route, went like clockwork and was hugely enjoyable. I think they may have taken a lot of the initial criticism on board and would hope that this year's ODP 10k is a vast improvement.
Yep, all turned out all right after all - even the weather played ball. Agree 100 per cent with jogalong. Maybe the Richmond event was just a one-off judging by the pretty slick organisation this time around. Not sure about the photographer - hopefully Energized will mention it on their site. My only gripe is that my pristine Newtons are in a right old state after the muddy last 1k. Have to put my feet up until they dry out!
Thanks for the advice re loos, Peter. It's a recurring theme, isn't it? Still, given the apparent fiasco of the Old Deer Park 10k getting a little pre-race relief may be the least of our problems. I know that even after all these years the local Audi race still suffers from patchy marshalling despite the heavy traffic, so let's hope that this new event isn't similarly afflicted - otherwise the reviews may need an X-rating!
Bought my Newtons from Lanson and they've proved a revelation. Prior to that I'd been wearing conventional running shoes which, on reflection, had far too much unnecessary padding in the heel. The Newtons suit my fore/midfoot running style much better. They're light and well made and just... positive, really. It's like they encourage me to run faster and further while offering enough support - and that's all you can ask of a running shoe.
Like all things, I know they're not for everyone. They feel a bit odd when you're just standing around, the cost is a bit prohibitive and some folk report that using them has caused a few injuries but, as I've steadily increased my long runs over the past six months, they have been great for me.