Run LDN Victoria Park Spring 5k, 10k & Half Marathon
Run LDN is hosting three events in one of London's most picturesque parks. Victoria Park will play host to a 5k, 10k and Half Marathon on a course which is fast, flat and ideal for posting a personal best. All races are chip timed with finishers receiving a goodie bag including a medal and bespoke Run LDN t-shirt.
5k, 10k, 13.1 miles
5k and 10k 10:30am
Half Marathon: 10:15am
Goody bag for all runners
Victoria Park Road, London E9 5DY
Not all to plan but fun regardless
The race was not clear which actually led to hundreds of people running the wrong way, hahaha. Should have had better signs or tape the area out.
Great experience though and would do it again.
Overall, considering the cost (very reasonable for a London Park event) the event was average.
No one wants to particularly count laps when ‘racing’ and I was asked by many fellow competitors which lap I was on?! Running with a Garmin greatly assisted as I found the mile markers misplaced vs the watch (which actually came up at 12.9 miles...from mat to mat)
The T shirt was a nice take away given very little of the budget appeared to have gone on the medal.
To conclude, for me (and possibly others) this sort of race is a ‘done that move on’.
Hackney Half Marathon
Bad signage on the track, very long queue to registration
The bigger problem were signs on route, a large group of the 10K starters got confused on what the route was, and there were signs missing, and the distance marks didn't seem to match the actual distance. Staying on the right route was definitely not straight forward, and people ended up crossing a road through traffic because of bad route signs.
Overall not a great experience, I would still think it was a one off and it does not put me of from running their races in the future but this one was not great.
Such a shame
Myself and another runner realised we'd gone too far when we got to the market stalls and turned around. We came across loads of other runners seemingly in the same boat and encouraged them to turn around too. Then when I completed the 1st small lap I asked if should go around again or carry on and the marshall didnt seem to know, possibly because my timing was off.
Somehow miraculously my running distance ended matching with the course markers and my strava had me come in at 10.11km but certainly more by luck than judgement. Poor organisation
Many of the 10k competitors found themselves running across a busy road that was not marshalled, because “the race was started too early” (words of one of the few marshalls). As such my 10k was actually 12.5k.
I went to collect my bag from the “secure” bag drop at the end to find that it was a free for all. Not even 1 attendant/marshal in sight. Just grab your own bag and someone else’s too - if you feel so inclined!
There was very little about the organisation of this event that I could put in a positive light.
Okay track. Event itself needed more organisation.
bags are not in a secure place. you pick up your own bags once your done. so not sure why they give u tags. very dangerous and is to steal.
took over 1hr to register so you just get cold and stiff.
race started late. it just feels like a run in a park with no structure. not worth entrance fee at all. wont be doing it again
Thanks for a great time
Fun Morning Run
Poorly organised, confusing route, poor signage
The course itself was very confusing, with one short and 6 longer laps around victoria park. The convuluted route made it difficult to keep track of how many laps we had done, and was a pretty boring route. This was made worse by the mile/km signage being mixed up along the way - there was a sign for the 3 miles mark around 20 minutes into the race. It was very hard to keep track of how far we had run.
The single water station was manned at the start, but after approx one hour the staff had stopped handing out the cups, and instead there were just a few cups at the back of the table (which had bits in them).
Overall, a pretty dissapointing experience, I wouldn't race with them again.
Good run in the end
A series of mishaps...
1.5 km in, the steward directed us out of the the park, out to a major road and up another park only for us to realise that we have run a km the wrong way due to a confusing set up and lack of staff.
The signs flew off or turned around so we weren't able to see our progress unless we checked our watches so I was shocked to find that I had finished, checking my watch, I was probably at around 9km when I was directed to the finish line...
All in all, confusion due to the weather and the a staff shortage and a small amount of bad organisation. However, the event was enjoyable for all and the organisers were friendly and helpful.
Will definitely run again.
Found the route tough, 6 laps was boring and the constant camber was tough on my left knee!
A disappointing first half marathon
I arrived shortly after 9 am for a 10.15 start time and found myself in the longest registration queue ever. I then thought i’d use the toilet but having seen it was now 10.05 and seen the length of the queue for the loos I decided i’d try and hold it. I joined several others at the starting point, only to find out from other runners that we now wouldn’t be starting until 10.40! (The announcement was very loud or clear)
I attempted the toilet queue after this but only got half way when they then said we were starting. I eventually managed to go after my first long lap when they were finally free. (There were only about 10 loos for the hundreds of people there!)
The marshals out on route were ok for the first lap or 2 and then looked like they’d rather be anywhere else, they weren’t very encouraging or motivating at all (except one younger guy on a corner near the end of the large lap) By my final lap there wasn’t a single one left out on the course, now i’m not the fastest runner, and from looking at the results several people finished after me, a few almost an hour later, so I can only imagine how it felt for them to be going it alone by this point!
Coming up to the finish line i felt so proud and couldnt wait to receive my medal and goody bag...what a disappointment that was! The “goody bag” was practically thrown at me when i crossed the line, and contained a magazine, gym leaflet, a RUNLDN finisher t-shirt and the cheapest looking medal
I’ve ever seen! I follow a lot of runners on Instagram who love to show off their beautiful, amazing medals and i couldn’t wait to do the same, especially being my first half marathon and the acheivement it was! Theres nothing that stands out about what I done or where I done it, both the tshirt and medal are basic. I currently complete virtual running challenges of 50 miles per month, i pay £10 a month to do so and the medals i get from that are a million times better than what i received yesterday. The medal was a dissapointment to say the least!
According to the website, printed handouts of finishing times would also be available on the day, yet I didnt receive one so only had a rough time going by my own watch.
The food outlets had stopped serving when i finished. There was nobody giving out water it was all dumped on a table. Nothing to even say “well done” once finished.
Extremely dissapointed that i paid £26 for what i thought would be a brilliant first half marathon and only left me feeling deflated and dissapointed afterwards.
Few issues - but mostly not their fault
The Fyre Festival of 10km Races
To begin, registration was entirely manual and involved the staff finding your name on a printed sheet and rifling through a box of envelopes. This resulted us queuing for 45 minutes (in the rain). There also didn't seem to be any staff to ask which queue to join, which meant people had wasted their time queuing, just to find it was the wrong one.
The race began (15 minutes late) and after around 2km the 10km race had already taken a wrong turn - the small cone saying "10km turnaround" had turned in the wind and so hundreds of us ran straight past it. This wasn't helped by the confusing looped course and the lack of staff to point us in the right direction at key intersections. I came to the finish after following directions and found my final distance was 9.3km.
Overall very disappointing, as I feel I didn't 'finish' the run, a feeling I'm sure is shared by many others, and the cheap-feeling medal was no real compensation.
The extra half a star is for the t-shirt which seems quite good.