By Patrick Tawns
Content Marketer at Let’s Do This
First time racer. Recently moved to London and getting to grips with living in the big city. Trying my best to stay fit but proving difficult to fit everything in.
Overall race rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Race organisation? ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Race course? ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
✓ Race pack sent out before the race
✓ Bag drop covered from rain
✓ No parking close to the start (within 500m)
A good solid race consisting of a few laps of lovely Victoria Park. The weather was very cold but beautifully sunny, the perfect winter run. There’s not a lot of fan-fare at this race, so don’t expect any huge cheering crowds or anything. It’s a great place to just get a run done on a Sunday and do some PB smashing. I found the laps really helped me get a good time. Everyone was friendly, nice marshals and professional finish line set up. Quick and efficient safety briefing, got the impression the organisers have done this a few times.
All the marshals were very happy to be there and very encouraging. it was clearly marked and I had a good idea of where I was all the time. There wasn’t much of an event village as such, but what they had was very nice and did the job. Good post race refreshments, little bags of Haribo, cereal bars and bottles of water. There was a bit of a queue for bag drop but that’s to be expected, and in this cold it always feels longer than it is.
The pre-race experience
I booked this race on Let’s Do This so I had a great pre-race experience 😉 Joking aside, it was my first proper race and I loved it. Although I didn’t feel hugely prepared for the speed and laps, I run for fun every week so I was ok. I ran it with 10 of my friends and had a great time, they’d all raced before so I felt like I was in good hands. Nice to have people to go to the pub with afterwards as well.
Try use the toilets as soon as possible as a big queue builds!