Having been impressed with Wimbledon Common half marathon back in the summer, when looking for post-Berlin events RunThrough.co.uk was my first port of call. So I came to find myself at the Greenwich Park 10k.
£16 affiliated entry, £18 non-affiliated entry, £20 on the day
Refreshingly fuss-free. Online entry is very straightforward, then a few days before you get an email containing all the vital pre-race info. On the day the entire process of picking up number, picking up chip and checking in bag took a grand total of 5 minutes. Quick trip to the loo (where the park waived the usual 20p charge) and I was ready to go.
The race also had a 5k option, but the two starts were both pretty clear, with the 5k runners setting off a little in front of us a couple of minutes ahead. Then we were off. Usually I’m not a massive fan of lap-based courses – I find it can be both tedious and demoralising at times – but this three lap route was so lovely it didn’t matter. Running through the park in sight of the Royal Observatory before jogging past the Maritime Museum, you also got a pretty decent view across London too. The only downside was the rather challenging hill at the end of each lap, which I was rather fed up of by the end of lap three! Shout out to the family sitting on a bench near the top of the hill, who enthusiastically clapped and cheered the runners during all three laps. After hill number three it was just a quick jog around the corner then I was done.
The triple hill had killed my vague aspirations for a sub-60 10k, but I’d had fun and felt I’d had a decent workout at least!
The RunThrough races go for a small-but-perfectly-formed approach with their medals. Greenwich Park gets an appropriate clock theme. The post-finish flapjack was pretty great too.
Well-organised, nice location and hassle-free race. If you want a slightly challenging timed 10k in a nice London location then I’d definitely recommend.