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Run LDN Victoria Park Spring 5k, 10k & Half Marathon

1 race scheduled · Sun 3rd Mar 2019 · London
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About this event

The 10 km race will take place Victoria Park in London, a Flat, Fast course great for a fast time. A mixed ability race. All runners are welcome. The race starts at 9:30am on 15th April 2018

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Tickets available until Sun Mar 03 2019

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Refreshments

Baggage Drop

Toilets

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2.2
11 reviews
Becky
Star
1.7
Did the Half Marathon in 2019
This was a really painful race. After dropping our bags and warming up we got to the start in time to then be told it was being postponed by 40minutes.... we were already wet and cold so headed off on another warm up jog, about 15 minutes later we heard another announcement saying they were starting so we sprinted back! Not enough toilets, medal was awful… read more
Megan
Star
1.0
Did the Half Marathon in 2019
This was a very poor race - I really encourage fellow runners to stay away and not waste your money here!!! Having run 20+ half marathons, this was the most disappointing event I have seen. I echo all of the other reviews - the race was disorganised (long queues to pick up bib, even when arriving over an hour before the start time). Because of the long queues, the start was delayed which was very uncomfortable in cold, rainy weather. There weren't enough marshals/signs for the course, and as a result, some people ended up making wrong turns and running more or less than they should. In addition, while I appreciate it was a cold day and am grateful to the marshals who volunteered, they weren't very enthusiastic - they stopped handing out cups of water after my second lap (around the 7K point), and instead left all of the cups of water (filled 1/4 of the way) on a table. It is always hard to drink from a cup (vs. a bottle) when running, but having to stop and pick up plastic cups off a table made it even more difficult! The medal was cheap, and after finishing the race, we were given more plastic cups and had to pour some water for ourselves. What I am most disappointed about, however, is how Run Ldn has behaved after the race. They deleted their facebook account (I presume this was because of all of the poor reviews) and made an insincere apology, where they blamed the weather and staffing issues. Run Ldn, if the race doesn't go to plan, you have options - a genuine apology would work, or you could consider ways to rebuild trust (such as by offering customers a discounted entry to a future race). I am extremely disappointed, and would encourage all runners to avoid this organiser!… read more
Lauren
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2.0
Did the Half Marathon in 2019
This half marathon was my first competitive run, I was looking forward to pushing myself in an iconic London park with a great atmosphere. Sadly, this wasnt the case. The race started 25 minutes late, so everyone had to wait in the cold rain, signposting along the route wasnt great and to make things even more disheartening, the organisers at the various marker points/water stations left before we had finished. … read more
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Route description
Route description

There will be a race briefing at the start of each race, due to the course being a lapped course with multiple different races going on at the same time it is critical for runners to pay attention to the signing which corresponds to their individual race to ensure that they are running the correct distance for their event. In the interest of safety to yourself, other runners, pedestrians and our marshals, it is very important that instructions are listened to, and that if you are wearing headphones, your music is at a level that will allow you to hear instructions clearly.

Becky
Star
1.7
Did the Half Marathon in 2019
This was a really painful race. After dropping our bags and warming up we got to the start in time to then be told it was being postponed by 40minutes.... we were already wet and cold so headed off on another warm up jog, about 15 minutes later we heard another announcement saying they were starting so we sprinted back! Not enough toilets, medal was awful
Megan
Star
1.0
Did the Half Marathon in 2019
This was a very poor race - I really encourage fellow runners to stay away and not waste your money here!!! Having run 20+ half marathons, this was the most disappointing event I have seen. I echo all of the other reviews - the race was disorganised (long queues to pick up bib, even when arriving over an hour before the start time). Because of the long queues, the start was delayed which was very uncomfortable in cold, rainy weather. There weren't enough marshals/signs for the course, and as a result, some people ended up making wrong turns and running more or less than they should. In addition, while I appreciate it was a cold day and am grateful to the marshals who volunteered, they weren't very enthusiastic - they stopped handing out cups of water after my second lap (around the 7K point), and instead left all of the cups of water (filled 1/4 of the way) on a table. It is always hard to drink from a cup (vs. a bottle) when running, but having to stop and pick up plastic cups off a table made it even more difficult! The medal was cheap, and after finishing the race, we were given more plastic cups and had to pour some water for ourselves. What I am most disappointed about, however, is how Run Ldn has behaved after the race. They deleted their facebook account (I presume this was because of all of the poor reviews) and made an insincere apology, where they blamed the weather and staffing issues. Run Ldn, if the race doesn't go to plan, you have options - a genuine apology would work, or you could consider ways to rebuild trust (such as by offering customers a discounted entry to a future race). I am extremely disappointed, and would encourage all runners to avoid this organiser!
Lauren
Star
2.0
Did the Half Marathon in 2019
This half marathon was my first competitive run, I was looking forward to pushing myself in an iconic London park with a great atmosphere. Sadly, this wasnt the case. The race started 25 minutes late, so everyone had to wait in the cold rain, signposting along the route wasnt great and to make things even more disheartening, the organisers at the various marker points/water stations left before we had finished.
Felix
Star
1.7
Did the Half Marathon in 2019
Porrly organised. Nobody was sent their bibs in the post which meant a 30-45 minute queue in the cold and the rain. Because of this the race started ~30mins late. The water was handed out in plastic cups which are impossible to drink from whilst running and hardly anyone threw them in bins, so the wind blew them all over the park and even out the park and down the road. The goody bag was a pretty cheap looking medal and a t-shirt and some advertising leaflets. Not even a banana and a bottle of water. There were some over priced food trucks nearby. Genuinely disappointed with the event even though I got a PB. Did the same exact run with Run Through a few months back and it was much better organised, just a few simple things that could have made it so much better. I'll try again in the summer as I wouldn't ever write something off from one bad experience but I really hope you make some changes
Kostas
Star
2.0
Did the Half Marathon in 2019
Poor organization: no route info until the race day, registration only on the race day with huge delays, (3 people giving numbers for a 1000 or so runners), which together with the bad weather made things really bad. Anyone could cheat, no check points at any point other than start-finish. Worst thing: plastic cups at the water station. Unacceptable. No refreshments at finish line, just a plastic bag with the cheapest medal, same for all distances, like the t-shirt. Absolute joke.
Rebecca
Star
3.0
Did the Half Marathon in 2019
Poor organisation! The event organisers issued a statement after saying that they had unforeseen staffing issues on the day. Queue for registration well over 100m long (one desk only for half marathon) which meant that the race had to start 25 mins late. Route not very clear and distance markers wrong. Atmosphere v average - for the same entry fee at other events they have had a lot more going on e.g. stalls, massages, post-race snacks for runners, better medals, immediate chip time printing. Course itself was ok but quite a lot of other runners and pedestrians in the park.
Charlotte
Star
3.7
Did the Half Marathon in 2019
Race ran later then scheduled, due to lack of volunteers/staff, this wouldnt have been a problem if it wasnt for the weather - which was terrible. Bag drop was organised and super quick, over crowding at the end meant I nearly missed out on the goodie bag/medal as I couldnt see where to collect it. Overall, I enjoyed the race and would go back!
Laura-Lee
Star
2.3
Did the 10k in 2019
Late start, confusing route. 10K turn around point not mapped out. Not enough people to register people in time and couldnt hear anything going on over speakers
C
Star
1.7
Did the Half Marathon in 2019
The worst organised race I have ever been to and I have been to scores. There were so few staff that the registration and bagge queues meant the races had to be pushed back by 20 minutes to get everyone started. They therefore communicated new start times only for them then to set off the half marathon four minutes earlier than scheduled so there were a number of distraught runners who missed the start because they were still warming up. The martials were untrained and didn't have adequate signage, I saw a few people shouting asking for directions as it was a lapped course. Last but not least, they had water stations with cups of water - you cannot drink a cup of water when running, you need a bottle. Bins would have been good after the water station as there was rubbish everywhere - I assume this was picked up. I didn't hang around after...
Aina
Star
3.7
Did the Half Marathon in 2019
Didnt find the people along the course enthusiastic. Many times not even pointing and assuring where we were going.
Dan
Star
1.0
Did the 10k in 2019
Absolute shambles. The organisers need to change a lot to make this worth doing next year. Two main gripes: pre-race organisation, and the race itself. Lets start with the race itself : with three different races simultaneously on 3 courses each including multiple laps of two different laps with dog legs, this setup would have challenged even the most organised race crew. As it was there was basically no signage, and just a handful of gormless, confused marshalls who seemed to know less than the runners. Compete chaos. I imagine half the runners didnt do the right distance - from the lack of a 10k turnaround to half the field missing the second lap, this was almost comical in the extreme. There are some easy fixes: set up a WEBSITE (you know, one of those things on tinterweb thing) with details of the courses in advance so people can look. Handing out a scrappy black and white utterly unintelligible map 10 minutes before just confused things. Have more marshals who know what they are doing and proper clear signs eg 10k, second lap. Secondly, pre race organisation. Turning up and spending an hour in queues (once to register, second for the toilet) is really not the experience your race goers expect in 2019. Get the packs sent out in advance and order more than a half dozen portaloos when you have en event with upward of a thousand people. More staff on registration if you insist on doing it on the day.Honestly worst organised race I have ever seen and needs to improve in almost every area to be worth doing.
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Logistics and schedule

START TIMES

Half Marathon – 10.15am

5k – 10.20am

10k – 10:25am

Spectators

This is a great event for spectators with the lap being wide and open so you can see the race at many different points along the route.

Volunteers

If you have any questions about the race or about volunteering please do get in touch -

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How to get there

Unnamed Road, London E9 7DD, UK

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St Marks Gate, Victoria Park, Cadogan Terrace, London E9 5HT

Nearest underground stations: Bow Road or Mile End

Nearest rail station: Hackney Wick station

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The park is easily accessible by both foot and cycle. Cycle parking is available in the park.

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