In short: PB potential In full: Travelled across from Folkestone to run in this event for the first time, along with a friend competing in his first 10k. Quick and easy collection of race number with timing chip attached. Course went out through the countryside and wasn't too hilly. Definately PB potential course and has a long downhill slope to the finish :) Date of review: October 23, 2016
In short: Friendly, well organised and beautiful In full: A really well run event - loads of marshals, who were, without exception, excellent - a rare occurrence! They were positive and encouraging, but also had an eye on safety, and the running of the race.
The run itself is very pleasant, a little bit of city centre, a fair amount of park and path, and a load of countryside. Slightly undulating, nothing too challenging, but even small hills are notable at 20 miles!
Very well supported, especially for a rural marathon - pockets of quiet, but good support from the marshals, locals and other runners. This is a very friendly marathon.
Medical support (which we all hope no-one needs) was plentiful - a few stations round the course.
Overall - a very good rural marathon. Date of review: October 23, 2016
In short: Wonderful scenic race. Well organised. Multi-terrain limits PB potential. In full: I ran this feeling absolutely god awful. It may be because of this that i was even more blown away by the unbelievably magnificent route this race takes. Nice sized field, well organised, friendly, good parking, and a beautiful race alongside, over and around the Thames. Thumbs up from me. Date of review: October 23, 2016
In short: Too much traffic In full: I was looking forward to running this race as it's only an hours drive from home. On arrival in Stroud there were a few signs indicating parking, great. Parked up and friendly marshals showed us the way to start line. Easy bag drop, plenty of portable loos. Announcement to start was clear. Race start area, then off we go. Pretty much the entire race was run on roads that were open to traffic, busy A roads, so some sections ran in single file we no chance of overtaking. A mile or so loop through industrial estate was dull. As some of the cars were stuck in traffic the fumes built up and made for uncomfortable and unpleasant running. How on earth they can be allowed to run a race with so much traffic is a mystery, never again! Date of review: October 23, 2016
In short: Stunning scenery & magnificent marshals In full: What a superb race. The venue is glorious set on the magnificent grounds of Bisham Abbey. The mist was rising off the Thames as the race began and when the sun came out, it lit up the beautiful surrounding countryside. The course was very well marked with arrows and mile markers and the marshals were enthusiastic and encouraging. There was a great atmosphere at the finish line and it was nice to hear names called out as you passed the line. Looking forward to my iTab! Thanks Purple Patch. See you next year.
In short: The location makes up for the other aspects In full: The beautiful Burnham Beeches in autumn is a fabulous setting for an off-road race and this 2 lap course os challenging (although nice and dry this year!). The race organisation is rather haphazard. The race email came in the night before and did not include key information. And the cost is high (admittedly it all goes to charity) when the only giveaway is a mug and a small bottle of water. Plus they charged an extra £3 to park and then you got locked in, as very few people stayed around to cheer the last runners in or have a cup of coffee at the lovely coffee shop afterwards. Friends who were beginners rather regretted taking on such a hard course, but hopefully we cheered them loudly enough that the memory of the pain will pass! Date of review: October 22, 2016
In short: 2016 review (but 2016) wasn't available on the drop down menu In full: I have done this race for a few years, always been cheap and cheerful, no left luggage, portaloos or closed road, so was surprised this year at the hike in price to 26:50-28:50 with no improvements to organisation. Can get closed road half marathons for not much more with proper facilities, a pity as the course is really fabulousbecause the with proper left luggage Date of review: October 21, 2016
In short: Fantastic but challenging race, great organisation. In full: This was my second year of doing the race, having done it last year (2015) and I've enjoyed it both times. It's a lovely but challenging route around the scenic countryside of Sittingbourne. It's well organised, friendly and very efficient. The bag drop is brilliant, marshals are friendly and encouraging and it's a great atmosphere. It's a very undulating course, however the last three miles are mainly downhill which provides a great finish to the race, even better was that I got a PB by nearly two minutes :-) The cakes at the end were amazing and I'd highly recommend it. 10/10 Date of review: October 21, 2016
In short: A friendly welcome, efficient organisation and a flat course with PB potential. Nothing not to love! In full: Congratulations to BRJ Run and Tri for hosting this race. As a not very experienced marathon runner I was made to feel very welcome and although there were a lot of club vests in evidence the atmosphere was both friendly and inclusive. Organisation on the day was really first rate. I chose to park at the finish, register and then catch the event coach to the start. The course was well marked and there were plenty of water stations and loads of encouraging marshals. I have never enjoyed a race more than this and hope that BRJ can see their way to hosting another marathon in 2017.
In short: Scenery, wildlife, trails and lots of mud this year! In full: This is a nice low-key, friendly event. I ran it 2 years ago when it was dry. There is a mix of grass trails, tracks, road surfaces and fields on this course. It rained most of the time this year and the ploughed fields were slippery and hard going to cross in the second half. Still rewarding to complete and I was a couple of minutes faster somehow! Well organised and I'll be back next year. Date of review: October 19, 2016
In short: Super friendly, scenic race In full: This was my third time, so I clearly rate this race! The organisation was excellent, the support around the course was delightful, so encouraging and to receive a women's fit t-shirt (that I will actually wear) was a nice extra on this tenth anniversary year. See you next October! Date of review: October 19, 2016
In short: Great event In full: Very well organised event taking runners through the country lanes of Kent. Plenty of hilly parts which made for a good test but nothing too brutal. Overwhelming amounts of free cake at the end made it all worthwhile. Lovely t-shirt and medal too. Big thanks to the friendly marshals as well. Date of review: October 18, 2016
In short: Very well organised, superb marshalling and, in better weather, a picturesque (if rather hilly) course. A shame that it ran about 0.5m too far but all in all an excellent event Date of review: October 17, 2016