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The Race Organiser Hyde Park 10k is a relatively flat, scenic route that takes in 2 laps of central Hyde Park. Here’s what our team thought of the event.
Dave Sherman – One of the things I love most about being a Londoner is having access to so many wonderful green spaces to run in.Â While there are plenty to choose from, those in the centre such as Hyde Park, Green Park and St Jamesâ€™ Park offer an amazing glimpse into Londonâ€™s past with decorative gardens, statues and water features in each, alongside present-day additions such as modern art orÂ celebratoryÂ 2012 OlympicÂ legacyÂ monuments.
Itâ€™s clear â€˜The Race Organiserâ€™ also share a love of Londonâ€™s green spaces as their race series eventsÂ tour the city throughout the year, and are well attended by local running clubs â€“ often selling out before race day. As I arrived at Hyde Park Bandstand which would serve as the race HQ and bag-drop, there was already a crowd building ranging from serious club runnersÂ warming upÂ to casualÂ joggersÂ grabbing selfies near the chip-timing mats which marked the start and finish line.Â Despite the chill there was definitely a buzz in the air and a nice crowd; over 600 of us would be taking part in this particular event.
TheÂ raceÂ route took us through the park in two 5km loops passing alongside the Serpentine Lake each time and although Iâ€™d planned to take the race easy, using it as a recovery run following the week-long triathlon training camp in Spain Iâ€™d just attended, I soon found myself pulled along with the faster runners on the reasonably flat and fast course.
While the majority of the course was on pathways, a small section on mud andÂ a few sharp switch-backs may slightly affect the PB potential of this particular race,Â howeverÂ I finished within two minutes of my 10k personal best despite not initially aiming to run a fast time, so I feel this course has great potential as an early season opener to test if your winter training has paid off!
Post-race we received a decent goody bag containing some snacks,Â water and fruit-juice, and a small medal featuring a pink and yellow tube roundel. This race was a great introduction to The Race Organiserâ€™s events and I look forward to completing more of them in the future!
Dave Wise – I was staying in Bloomsbury on the Saturday night at the Thistle Hotel, so had a relaxing start to the day fuelled byÂ a fry up (there was a buffet of excellent quality, with plenty of options for those of us who don’t eat meat; I’m still drooling over the thought of it now)…
…and then a pleasant race day commute, a gentle walk along Piccadilly and past Green Park, no rush at all. The 2 or 3 pre-race emails had left me in no doubt as to procedure, everything was nice and easy and bib numbers were picked up when we arrived at Hyde Park Bandstand, which was the race HQ with toilets and plenty of areas where you could meet up with friends and team-mates.
There was a mass warm up and then we funnelled into the starting pen.
I’d raced the day before and had a good run, coming 3rd place at Greenwich Park 10k, so like my team-mate Dave I was planning on an easy, recovery jog around Hyde Park but there was a good buzz in the air and the race announcer got everybody amped up so when the gun went off so did I, thinking, ok, I’ll see how far I can push this…
It’s a fast course, a few ups and downs, twists and turns but nothing major. If you’re rested I think it could well be a PB race for you.
It’s traffic free and there were enough marshalls to warn pedestrians to make way for runners so it was a worry free run, the views were nice and apart from the headwind on the open common areas I found it easy to move fast on this course soÂ didn’t start to fade until the second lap.
Both Dave and I did well in what turned out to be a competitive race – the winner finished in aroundÂ 33 minutes and we were just outside the top 50. We hung around the Race HQÂ for a while whilst everybody finished – it was a lovely spring day and the announcer was still entertaining us all…
…and then headed over to the cafe at the park entrance.
In summary, The Race Organiser Hyde Park 10k was a well put together event, with a competitive field, a fast, scenic, spectator friendly course and a friendly atmosphere. The medals were fun too! I recommend you check out their future events; to discover more, please see -