Richmond Park 10k – Greater London, February 23, 2014
I’m in the throngs of Spring Marathon training, and every third week I get to “take it easy” and “just” run 10km. I like to find local/Greater London races on these training days to try and challenge my pacing and opted for the serenity of Richmond Park on this particular weekend.
- The Start/Registration was easy to find in the park (however I must add that there were no race directions signposted anywhere)
- Race packs were posted in advance to ease a nervous runner’s mind with very precise detail on the race
- Clear distance markers – Whilst I appreciate that you should know how you’re doing simply because you run two laps, it is nice to know where your “km” marks are – just to tick them off.
- Every finisher was awarded a medal
- There was minimal (if any) race atmosphere
- Used the parks facilities – there’s always a queue on race day however it would have been nice to have had some extra loos to ease the crowds
- No tea/coffee/refreshments available nearby for runners or supporters – you had to rely on local knowledge if you wanted anything pre/post race
THE RACE ITSELF
- 2 laps – there’s a whole community of runners that dread the “L” word – but I think it’s forgivable for a 10k distance especially in the beautiful park!
- A varied trail race that despite the weather (drizzle/puddles a plenty) was completely fine underfoot
- There are slight hills throughout and a variety of terrain which meant you were able to challenge technique which is a blessing at this point of my personal training plan
- Not one to try for a Personal Best – too many challenges in your way to really go for it