Join us for the Christmas Victoria Park event on Sunday 15th December 2019. Get into the Christmas spirit and run a chip timed 5k, 10k & Half Marathon around the flat and wide paths of Victoria Park and earn all the Christmas treat as well as a unique themed Christmas medal!
As with all RunThrough races each mile will be accurately marked out and there will be plenty of signs along with our wonderful marshals out around the course.
St Marks Gate Victoria Park Cadogan Terrace London E9 5HT
We will have a secure area where you can leave your baggage. We recommend you bring as little baggage as possible. Your baggage tag is attached to your race number, you simply tear it off and attach to your bag. To collect, show your number to the baggage tent staff and they will help you find your baggage.
There will be plenty of portaloos brought on site for the event.
There will be water provided at the 5k point of the race, and there will also be water available at the finish. We have also ordered some flapjacks and fruit for when you finish :-)
During the race
We will have marshals all around the course as well as km signs and arrows. The course is on the roads/paths in the park: 10k – 3 laps 5k – 1.5 laps
Please be aware that there will be spectators and members of the public using the park
In terms of spectating, this park could literally not be any better, the fields are open and every area of the park is accessible to see people running round.
We will have a photographer taking a few snaps of the race and they will be on Facebook after the race so be sure to check it out and see if you can spot yourself.
Things to note!
There WILL be pedestrians, please be aware of pedestrians, cyclists and dogs. We have marshals around the course and signs but this is not a road race, you have to pay very close attention to where you are going. We recommend you do not use earphones and you need to pay close attention to everything around you.
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good course but quite busy
Good flat track, but rather busy with pedestrians and once the 10km & 5km runners were introduced it was even busier. More noticeable with 7 laps. But overall well organised.
oliver taylor / Mar 09, 2020
Excellent organisation. Great complimentary snacks and drinks after but what you would expect for the quite steep price and wished they could've given out t shirts for the price you pay. Disappointed also with the course as counting 7.5 laps for the half marathon proved hard and stressful however by wearing a watch showing mileage and knowing the last 0.5 lap is about a km is the way to go. Inevitably for most runners there will be lapping throughout the whole race because of the high number of laps which at times was annoying and slowed me down. Good experience overall though.
Roger Wilcox / Mar 09, 2020
Rewarding and well-organised, but a bit confusing
It was really well-organised, I don't attend races very often at all but it was always clear where to go and what to do and there were lots of people on hand to help out when I wasn't sure. The only criticism I have is that having to keep track of how many laps I had done was pretty hard, I was using strava but it got the km I'd done totally wrong so I had to rely completely on remembering how many laps I had completed. When you're doing 6.5 laps this is a bit of a pain. Definitely recommend anyone wanting to do this half-marathon brings a good watch to help them keep track.
Elizabeth Porter / Mar 08, 2020
Well Organised, Good Route
Stewards marked the route clearly, tasty things at the finish line and plenty of support. Great fun!
Jamie Hurdley / Mar 08, 2020
Great flat course which I’d recommend for anyone wanting improved times! Well organised and easy to follow route.
Chris Pope / Mar 08, 2020
Lovely, flat route
This was my first half marathon so it was great for a beginner being flat and with a nice even terrain. The route was well explained and easy to keep track of and there was plenty of water available en route. The only thing, for me as a beginner, was that I was obviously one of the slower ones and the course became very lonely by the last lap and some of the marshalls had given up cheering you on when this was when we needed it most! Overall, a great experience, even if very sore the next day.
Joanna Jacob / Feb 15, 2020
Flat, fast and well organised
I travelled down from Leeds to complete this 10k with a London-based friend and we both loved it. Flat, fast (PBs for us both) and overall well-organised, we both agreed we'd do it again. Although the course isn't the most interesting (laps around a park - without a watch completing the half marathon would've been very confusing) overall, it was a brilliant start to our weekend. - A massive shout out to the lady on the mic who was doing a great job of cheering everyone over the line!
Rebecca Carr / Feb 11, 2020
Great Day Out
It was so well organised and the marshals and staff were brilliant! So friendly and encouraging - they kept me smiling throughout. Thanks all!
Simone Khoury / Feb 10, 2020
It was my first 10k race and was a little nervous about the whole process but it was really well organised and all the instructions were made really clear. Looking for my next race to sign up to now.
Meg Browning / Feb 09, 2020
Really well organised and run
A very straight forward morning, well organised and well marshalled.
Nick Bedford / Feb 09, 2020
First 10k - amazing
Really well organised and run event, everything was perfect and great weather
Bharath Suresh / Feb 09, 2020
Repetitive but fun
Doing the same loop so many times does get a bit boring, but the organisers did a good job of providing music, signs and enthusiastic Marshalls to keep spirits up.
Joe Jenkinson / Feb 09, 2020
Well organised event
Check in, bag drop and set up was easy and convenient. The staff was helpful directing people! Look forward to the next race.
Teodor Deliev / Feb 09, 2020
Good location and great layout
Really good run, nice flat course and well marked out. Plenty of marshalls and water available, expect nothing less from RunThrough. Would recommend as a great half for a PB attempt.
Nathan Penness / Feb 09, 2020
Amazing day despite the grim weather. Some marshals could have been a bit more enthusiastic.
Mustafa Ahmed / Jan 13, 2020
Very flat course, well organised with several pits by the water station. Running with 5k and 10k runners at the same time is not completely ideal, but the deferred start helps and the race is not too crowded.
Jean-Marie Wecker / Jan 13, 2020
The first ones always hard..
First race of the year is always tough, but the organisation of the team on the ground and the cheerfulness of the whole team and accompanying vendors made me get in the mood and forget the cold. Big smiles and lots of encouragement. A slick and organised pathway to your race beginning as well, well honed. The course however was tricky and confusing, rescued only by the diligent Marshals on the course. Great race
Kaylee Gauntlett / Jan 07, 2020
A great rewarding and well organised event!
Staff were super helpful, the course was very scenic and well mapped out.
Georgina May Dale / Jan 05, 2020
It's hard to believe the entry was only £26.. the service provided by RunThrough was excellent value for money and I would not hesitate to reccommend them to a friend, Thanks!
altar / Jan 05, 2020
Well organised event with plenty information in advance, effective logistics on the day and a nice and motivating crew.
Malene Roald / Dec 16, 2019
A reasonably-organised event, nice flat course
As ever, it was a good challenge to do a half marathon. It's only my 3rd one, so I don't have a large number of comparisons yet. The last 2 were huge (25,000 in Hackney and 16,000 runners in Royal Parks) and for charity so this was bound to be very different.
It was a nice flat course and quite pretty. A little repetitive with doing so many laps of the same course but that didn't really bother me.
The only major criticisms were:
- the general public was allowed to wander onto the course seemingly at will. This did not impress me at all. I don't expect them to get out of my way on my training runs in normal life. But this was supposed to be a paid-for, organised event. If they didn't get permission from the park admin authorities, why even run it?
-Much smaller gripe, but combining the 5K, 10K and Half Marathon courses made it hard to tell when I should go one way and when the other if offered a left/right choice of course. Mostly the stewards were helpful but occasionally they weren't on it.
A minor criticism is that some of the stewards who were presumably supposed to cheer people on looked miserable and didn't really do much.
I guess i can't blame them on one hand, since it was cold and it must have been cold and boring to stand there, but a shame since their colleagues did a good job.
The smiling musician with the steel drums did a very nice job of creating a good vibe in his corner of the race.
Overall, a good experience but I may try other places and see whether these were just standard issues with all smaller-scale half marathons or whether it could be done better.
On a positive note, minor gripes aside, overall, I was glad to have another opportunity to do a timed race with the feeling of an event and I'm glad I took part!
Michael Veazey / Nov 18, 2019
Great day - great event
A brilliant Saturday morning in Victoria Park running the half marathon. Organisation was second to none. A very enjoyable day. Will definitely be recommending RunThrough to friends and family with aspirations of running.
Ronan Homer / Nov 17, 2019
1. Not scenic, laps and laps of same park
2. Awful transport connections (hard to escape afterwards, too much traffic)
3. Hard to tell how many laps you had done and when to finish without watch
Rob PILGRIM / Nov 17, 2019
A well organized event
I thought the race was really easy to find and then once there I easily signed in and dropped the bag off. The race had lots of eager volunteers helping cheer racers on and it was well labelled. I would have liked more labelling of the major distances. But overall great race and I thoroughly enjoyed it and the location.
Luke O'Neill / Nov 17, 2019
Well organised, fun event
This race was one of the best organised events I took part this year. The volunteers cheered us on - I ran a 5k, the way was clearly marked. I really enjoyed myself - thank you
Nora Mezey / Oct 13, 2019
Very well organised, though I got a bit confused!
Getting to the event, checking in, storing my bag, all seamless and brilliant. As my second half marathon, without a GPS watch, once running I lost track of the distance covered given we were running in laps (also because we merged in with the 5km & 10km). Thankfully, we were told once we have passed the water station 7 times, we were to veer into the home stretch... but the first time I passed the water station nothing was laid out, so I wasn't sure if that was an official Pass Number 1! Anyway, I got there in the end, but I feel the laps or distances covered could have been better labelled!
Lucas Webb / Mar 11, 2019
First ever Half Marathon
I have never been to Victoria Park before and have never entered a Half Marathon before so I felt very nervous, but there was no need. The park, weather, organisers and other runners were perfect. It was a great day out and although I am still aching from it, I’m still smiling as it’s a reminder of the achievement I’ve made. Looking forward to the next one (not for a couple of months though 😊)!
Daniel Darwish / Mar 11, 2019
First ever 10k run
Very well organised and the perfect course for a first ever 10k run. Very flat which helped!
Nelina Kime / Mar 10, 2019
Well organised, the volunteers were great cheering the runners on.
Sarah Kelly / Mar 10, 2019
This was both my first experience with run-through and my first half marathon in England after living for many years in weird and wonderful places across Eastern Europe. I have to say I was delighted with everything. I had to change my date and location-no problem. I needed early information about check in times and storage for personal belongings-no problem. On the day? Everything was perfectly organised, and what a team of volunteers; they made sure that everything went well. Thank you, I'll be back!
John Barker / Mar 10, 2019
Well organised quick course.
Grant Thornhill / Mar 10, 2019
Really fun event with great course.
I really enjoyed this event as it was so chill and had a great course with really clear directions. Helpful!
Emma Casey / Mar 10, 2019
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