Saturday, 1 September 2012

British Heart Foundation Clapham Common 10km race review

I signed up to this race in preparation for the Ealing half marathon at the end of the month.

It's billed as a "jog" to encourage non runners to join in, which I think is a great idea. When I first started running I was initially too scared of entering any races as I thought it would be full of scary running folk. I could have done with something like this back then!

It's a low key event. There's a safety briefing and warm up prior to starting, a couple of portaloos and lots of friendly volunteers manning the registration desks and dishing out bottles of water.

The route follows a 5km lap that weaves in and out around Clapham Common, which is run twice. There were a handful of volunteers pointing out the way and a few signs but unfortunately not enough as the lead group took a wrong turn a couple of times. However as this is pushed more as a fun run than a race, I can't complain too much.

The other disappointment was I was told the course was short. In other words it hadn't been measured accurately. I'd love someone who measured it to reveal its true length as I got a pb, or I think I did!

All in all a nice flat course and great as a training run. Just don't expect it to be too accurate.

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