Richmond Park Marathon

Next Race: 22/05/2022

Average Review

4.5/5

Would you recommend it to others? Yes
How did you rate the scenery? 5/5
How did you rate the atmosphere? 4/5
How did you rate the organisation? 4/5
Do you think this was friendly to beginners? yes
21/05/2017
Would you recommend it to others? Yes
How did you rate the scenery? 4/5
How did you rate the atmosphere? 3/5
How did you rate the organisation? 4/5
Do you think this was friendly to beginners? No
In summary

Marathon in the Park - does what is says on the tin

Any other notes?
21/05/2017
Would you recommend it to others? Yes
How did you rate the scenery? 5/5
How did you rate the atmosphere? 5/5
How did you rate the organisation? 5/5
Do you think this was friendly to beginners? Yes
In summary

Amazing place, amazing organisation. Done it 3 times and will keep on doing it!

Any other notes?
21/05/2017
Would you recommend it to others? Yes
How did you rate the scenery? 5/5
How did you rate the atmosphere? 4/5
How did you rate the organisation? 4/5
Do you think this was friendly to beginners? Yes
In summary

Really enjoyed the run no huge issues

Any other notes?

Only thing that needs improving is the marshals paying attention, first loop even with pacer there was a point that marshal was in totally wrong place and we didn't know where to go. Then running the second 7 mile loop on both last crossings I got directed to cross only to have to jump away from car on opposite side of the road that carried on because no one was stopping it, last stop the lady was too busy chatting with someone 10 metres from the crossing. On the other side there were some lovely marshals on the drinks station. Overall very good though just a minor improvement needed

21/05/2017
Would you recommend it to others? Yes
How did you rate the scenery? 5/5
How did you rate the atmosphere? 4/5
How did you rate the organisation? 4/5
Do you think this was friendly to beginners? Maybe
In summary

Beautiful course with friendly relaxed atmosphere

Any other notes?

Can we have oranges on the water stations next year?

21/05/2017
Would you recommend it to others? Yes
How did you rate the scenery? 5/5
How did you rate the atmosphere? 5/5
How did you rate the organisation? 5/5
Do you think this was friendly to beginners? Yes
In summary

Fun

Any other notes?
21/05/2017
Would you recommend it to others? Yes
How did you rate the scenery? 5/5
How did you rate the atmosphere? 5/5
How did you rate the organisation? 5/5
Do you think this was friendly to beginners? Maybe
In summary

A tough but beautiful marathon organised by people who love running

Any other notes?

The only thing I'd change is the food at the aid stations. The jelly babies melted in the sun and ran out on the last lap. I can't eat bananas so that was that. Maybe some squash at the start finish. Oranges would be good.

Everything else perfect.

21/05/2017
Would you recommend it to others? Yes
How did you rate the scenery? 5/5
How did you rate the atmosphere? 5/5
How did you rate the organisation? 5/5
Do you think this was friendly to beginners? Yes
In summary

Excellent and so so worthwhile

Any other notes?

Appreciate that you allowed two walkers to start at 7.30 and cheered us on every time we came through. That was special.

I so appreciate the friendliness and everything about this marathon. The loops are wondering. However, it's still easy to go on the wrong loop. Suggestion to have red and green arrows in more places. The new map is very clear but actually there are often two options in the same direction and nothing to indicate which option is the course. I hate to suggest this but it would be huge for those of us who find the course confusing - especially when we started at 7.30 and could not expect marshalls to be out there for us.

Maybe you would consider offering the marathon to walkers, let them register and start us at 7.30. I understand it would mean more marshalls or those volunteering to have a longer day - but a suggestion.

Thanks a million. Totally satisfied and I had a super day and made lots of new connections. That's what marathons are all about.

Bridget Mulligan

21/05/2017
Would you recommend it to others? Yes
How did you rate the scenery? 5/5
How did you rate the atmosphere? 4/5
How did you rate the organisation? 5/5
Do you think this was friendly to beginners? Maybe
In summary

I got a trail PB so more than happy

Any other notes?
21/05/2017
Would you recommend it to others? Yes
How did you rate the scenery? 5/5
How did you rate the atmosphere? 4/5
How did you rate the organisation? 5/5
Do you think this was friendly to beginners? Yes
In summary

Great atmosphere, relaxed and lovely route

Any other notes?
21/05/2017
Would you recommend it to others? Yes
How did you rate the scenery? 5/5
How did you rate the atmosphere? 5/5
How did you rate the organisation? 1/5
Do you think this was friendly to beginners? Yes
In summary

Friendly, beautiful and tough

Any other notes?
21/05/2017
Would you recommend it to others? Yes
How did you rate the scenery? 5/5
How did you rate the atmosphere? 4/5
How did you rate the organisation? 4/5
Do you think this was friendly to beginners? Maybe
In summary

Beginner trail marathon

Any other notes?
21/05/2017
Would you recommend it to others? Yes
How did you rate the scenery? 5/5
How did you rate the atmosphere? 4/5
How did you rate the organisation? 4/5
Do you think this was friendly to beginners? Yes
In summary

Fun, but a bit chaotic in places.

Any other notes?

2nd time at this race. Tough 3.5 lapper of the park (it's not flat!).
Only issue was just how busy the park is at that time on a Sunday in May, esp in good weather. Lots of having to dodge cars, bikes & walkers. Perhaps some extra signs to inform the public there was a race on.
One never likes to be critical of volunteers, without whom the race couldn't happen, but those on road crossings needed to be far more assertive and attentive. Saw (and was involved in) several near misses with cars & bikes. It's hard to concentrate on the traffic when you're 20+ miles into a marathon.
Otherwise, a good day out & will be back next year.

21/05/2017
Would you recommend it to others? Yes
How did you rate the scenery? 5/5
How did you rate the atmosphere? 5/5
How did you rate the organisation? 5/5
Do you think this was friendly to beginners? Yes
In summary

Very scenic route. Very good organisation

Any other notes?
22/05/2017
Would you recommend it to others? Yes
How did you rate the scenery? 5/5
How did you rate the atmosphere? 5/5
How did you rate the organisation? 5/5
Do you think this was friendly to beginners? Maybe
In summary

Great community atmosphere

Any other notes?

Challenging course

22/05/2017
Would you recommend it to others? Yes
How did you rate the scenery? 5/5
How did you rate the atmosphere? 4/5
How did you rate the organisation? 5/5
Do you think this was friendly to beginners? Maybe
In summary

Challenging yet enjoyable and friendly through a wonderful location!

Any other notes?
22/05/2017
Would you recommend it to others? Yes
How did you rate the scenery? 5/5
How did you rate the atmosphere? 4/5
How did you rate the organisation? 4/5
Do you think this was friendly to beginners? Yes
In summary

Tough hills, beautiful park, friendly runners.

Any other notes?

A couple of points where the path split there were no flags, so little more markings would have been useful. Otherwise a really great race!

22/05/2017
Would you recommend it to others? Yes
How did you rate the scenery? 5/5
How did you rate the atmosphere? 5/5
How did you rate the organisation? 5/5
Do you think this was friendly to beginners? Maybe
In summary

Great crowd, great scenery would highly recommend

Any other notes?

It was my first marathon and while I completed happily I feel it may be a bit challenging for some with the number of hills.

22/05/2017
Would you recommend it to others? Yes
How did you rate the scenery? 5/5
How did you rate the atmosphere? 5/5
How did you rate the organisation? 5/5
Do you think this was friendly to beginners? Yes
In summary

great event

Any other notes?

This running event feel more like a friend family affair than the big corporate events. Everybody is friendly and helpful. 5 stars

22/05/2017
Would you recommend it to others? Yes
How did you rate the scenery? 5/5
How did you rate the atmosphere? 4/5
How did you rate the organisation? 4/5
Do you think this was friendly to beginners? Maybe
In summary

Tough course for 1st-timers, but that was explained in the description.

Any other notes?

route signage could definitely be improved . At some points it was not obvious which way the course went and there were only marshalls at the main road junctions. OK if you're familiar with the Park , but with the field of runners quite spread out, at times it was difficult to know which way to run. More yellow flags please, especially at the sections which are ' off the beaten track ' !

22/05/2017
Would you recommend it to others? Yes
How did you rate the scenery? 5/5
How did you rate the atmosphere? 5/5
How did you rate the organisation? 5/5
Do you think this was friendly to beginners? Yes
In summary

A well organised marathon in a beautiful setting.

Any other notes?