Jess Lyons

Gravesend, United Kingdom, United Kingdom
Member since Aug 2017

My Completed Races

2018
The Running Festival at Goodwood
2018
Timothy James & Partners London 10 Mile
2018
Dartford Half Marathon
2018
Chatham Maritime 10k
2017
Greenwich Park 10K MoRun

My Latest Reviews

Completed as a first timer in 2018

4.5

Great course, shame about the price

Having supported my Dad at last year's race, we both ran this year. Registration is straightforward, communication efficient in lead up to the day. Luckily we used the previous participants' discount code otherwise it would be hard to justify the £44 entry fee! + £22 for a t-shirt if you want one. This is a lot more than other races I've entered, inc a half marathon with closed roads, medals, feed stations, snacks at finish, etc.

There was plenty of water at stations and they were suitably spread around the course. There were queues at the portaloos before the start, but enough available that the queues moved quickly. Park public toilets were open for runners to use around the route.

Were given a small flapjack & peanut butter sachet at finish. Food and drink to buy from trucks in start/finish area was quite pricey (1 beer & 2 soft drink cans = £9), we went home for food.

Support and encouragement from marshalls, 'squirrells', tree surgeons and other characters was fantastic. The atmosphere overall was fantastic & really motivated me to keep running, even on some of the hills! Even being overtaken by Paul Sinton-Hewitt at 3 miles despite him being last to start!

The course is one lap around Richmond Park, there is very little shade, and a couple of horrendous hills (especially mile 7) but the views are gorgeous. Last mile is relatively flat and was great for a sprint finish! 

Just waiting for the free race photos to go online, I did try to look happy for the camera...

Posted on 14.05.18

Completed as a first timer in 2018

4.8

Great Course

This race is worth doing! A unique run along a mix of roads, trail and riverside path with great views of the river.

Mostly flat, with some short, sharp uphills followed by the same down. 2 laps with a water station after 5km.

Free parking right by the start/finish line. Sufficient toilets at start/finish area, free sports massage pre or post-race, coffee, hot food and ice cream available to buy.

Short queues to collect bib numbers and drop bags. Well marshalled by enthusiastic volunteers who controlled traffic well where necessary.

Quite a few people came out to the side of the course to support despite the rain as it is around a residential area.

The medal is of good, solid quality with a nice design.

Posted on 12.04.18

Completed as a first timer in 2018

4.9

Fantastic first half marathon

I completed this race yesterday for the first time (also my first half), it was very well organised and marshalled, with some closed roads and manned crossing points. Plenty of water stops provided and great food at the end (chocolate cookies much appreciated, plus bananas, energy balls, and fruit bags). All the marshalls were friendly and encouraging, despite standing out in the cold for hours, there were also quite a few members of the public along the route with encouragement and treats!

The course itself is good, tarmacced country lanes and roads, but it is quite hilly. The big, steep hill at mile 10 is a killer! I didn't see anyone manage to run up the whole thing! After the killer hill, the rest of the route is gently downhill back to the park and it is nice to finish with a lap of the athletics track even if I didn't have enough energy left for a sprint finish!

Due to the snow last week, we didn't receive our race packs in the post prior to the event, but the team were very good and provided alternative bib numbers for us with ease.

There were a few photographers out on the route and a photographer from the Dartford Messenger there before the race began.

Medal is great quality, solid metal with the date of the event on the ribbon. I would definitely do this half again and recommend it to anyone.

Posted on 12.03.18

Completed as a first timer in 2017

4.7

A great run, but cold!

Lovely run through Greenwich park. Two lap route so had to tackle those 2 horrible hills twice! I did make up the time on the steep downhill though. Some sharp turns, but well sign posted and had plenty of enthusiastic marshalls and spectators spread around the course. Marshalls also controlled traffic as there is one road crossing.

Registration was straight forward, bag drop was fine. Water station at 5km with plenty of cups, also plenty of drinks and sweets at the finish. 

Unique medal and nice to get a souvenir headband instead of yet another t-shirt! 

Posted on 27.11.17

Completed as a first timer in 2017

3.9

Short of 10km!

Fantastic location for a race being in the Olympic Park and lovely to run in a smaller race for a less well known charity, but the course came up short at only 9km! This was particularly disappointing as I'd trained hard to get my first sub-hour 10km race time. Also, one very uneven, narrow, steep footbridge over the water which I had to walk over. However, the medal, finisher's bags and warm up were great so well worth doing if they sort out the measuring.

Posted on 07.08.17