In short: Stunning event just do it! In full: More undulating than expected, lovely event though and it's great not to be on my own for most of the second half which has to be the biggest benefit of the lapped layout. Or it could be a loo every 5 minutes or the ample aid stations with their water, electrolyte and shot bloks. The supporters were awesome especially the reverse runner and the curly haired girl on the bridge! The bling is outstanding, professional photos included, beer, buff, and a warm glow. Partly due to my lack of sun screen! I can't wait for the Coyote, this event is truly one to remember, I cannot recommend it enough. Date of review: May 30, 2016
In short: Superbly organized marathon which becomes a beaming smile factiory! In full: Returning this year after having a brilliant time in 2015 this year's race managed to exceed the pre-race hype yet again. Every detail is thought through to make the runner's experience as hassle free as possible. All facilities are just yards away - toilets, cafe, showers, car parking. Being a 21 lap course you get loads of everything - 42 potential loo stops, 21 drink stations (42 if you bring your own too), lots of enthusiastic support in each and every mile, lots of official race photos (which are all free), oodles of camaraderie from the other 400+ runners on course plus relentless encouragement from Matt Lane running the course in reverse to act as an 'early warning system' for any runners needing assistance. The event is run in an atmosphere that is designed to create lasting memories and it certainly manages to do that. At the same time though it is still a potentially very quick course, undulating but because of the sweeping corners and wide smooth tarmac it is a course that allows an uninterrupted rhythm to be maintained. If Carlsberg did Race Directors, Ian J Berry and Sandra Bowers would be a decent brew :) Date of review: May 30, 2016
In short: The perfect debut marathon In full: This was my first marathon and really the "Local" event for us (yes Boris, Kent isn't part of London!). I was egged on by my running club to gab a go and so took the plunge. The atmosphere is out of this world. From the start you have people cheering. Because of the personalised numbers (everyone gets one) people call your name and support you. The opportunity to have a personal water station means no need to carry drinks and that for each lap you have the opportunity to access not only your drinks but a general drinks station further on. The route is challenging but with plenty of opportunities to take it easy if you want and the only really important thing to remember is to keep count, but the bands they give you help. The support was incredible. Our club was there with a large group of (loud) supporters but so were lots of clubs and the reverse runner was a unique and welcome touch (He ran his marathon in the opposite direction to high 5, shout support and keep an eye out on people). The organisation is brilliant and its strudels unique event and should be on everyone's marathon list. If you haven't tried s marathon this is the one to try first Date of review: May 30, 2016
In short: Great race, on top of you marathon training better add some neck exercises to help support the weight of the bling !! In full: It is refreshing in a age where so many companies take on organising big races and get it wrong that the TZ run team led by Ian Berry a great runner himself are a breath of fresh air and have kept all the traditions of what a great race should be with a few twists and personal touches and they have created a real gem of an event made for runners by runners.
Granted running 21 laps running round a cycling track may not be the most glamorous or seem the most appealing thing for a marathon at first but it really does work so well,
The locating is ideal a perfect venue to stage an event with great facilities and the laps make it such a spectator friendly course.
The work and effort that go into the event by Ian and his team make it a day to remember the banter between runners and marshalls on each lap is great by far the friendliest event I have ever partaken in.
On top of this you have the little extras they like to add the fantastic vests and the bling, so please note on top of marathon training I would add a 6 week new strengthening program to support that medal on completion oh and did we mention the beer. What is not to like. Will be back in 2017. Date of review: May 30, 2016
In short: Overall, a great event for beginners and more experienced runners alike. In full: Best email and FB communication I've come across pre-race. It's a cycle park so you are doing laps, but at 1.28 miles the laps are long enough - and varied enough as winding and not circular - to keep interest; plus you have 21 water stops! Number collection easy. Cycle park facilities good. The free professional photos are great and the "reverse runner" egging you on each lap was a nice touch. Martialling was top quality and very supportive and because the course is circular, present throughout - also means it's good for the supporters themselves. PB's are definitely possible, but a friendly, well supported run is a certainty. Date of review: May 30, 2016
In short: Best running event I have entered In full: So my first marathon and the last 6 miles sucked but the atmosphere was amazing. Organization was great, supporters were great, shiny bling was great and so friendly. As example a regular marathon runner stayed with me for the first 10 miles to pace me as was running for fun. Never met before and he was able to easily gain 30 mins after he left me but stayed with and encouraged. Only 500 places but this led to the most welcoming atmosphere I have ever experienced. Organiser responded to any queries within an hour before the race so can't fault at all Can't recommend enough. 10/10 Date of review: May 30, 2016
In short: A great day out for runners & supporters. Definitely one to do In full: The RD puts his heart & soul into the organisation of this event. The Facebook page is filled with anticipation weeks before the event, with runners posting comments & asking questions. Great course for a pb. I highly recommend this event. Fantastic medal & mini goody bag too.. loved this race Date of review: May 29, 2016
In short: Outstanding! In full: This was my first marathon, but it's one of the best races I've ever done of any distance.
I'm probably in a minority of one in not liking massive bling, although what you get is certainly impressive. However, I don't think anybody could argue with the rest of what you get for your money: a FREE copy of the official photos; a personalised bib number with your name on it; a "bling cosy" (drawstring bag); a 500ml bottle of craft beer; and a KRR/KCM buff. A couple of snacks and a solitary leaflet (for next year's race and this year's KCM) make up the rest of the goodies, so the emphasis is very much on quality rather than quantity. Fantastic! I also paid for a KRR vest, which looks great and seems to fit well.
The course won't be to everyone's taste, as it's 1 smaller loop followed by 20 laps. It's undulating, with a bit of a hill that progressively gets bigger as the day goes on. The running surface is superb (if only actual roads were as well maintained!) and there's plenty of space for everyone. I reckon it has PB potential.
The fastest runners seem quite happy to weave their way through the slower runners as they lap them, and weren't averse to offering words of encouragement. You also get great support from people along one part of the course, with a couple of cheery marshals over at the far corner; as a result, you get to appreciate the supporters more, because they're not a continuous wall of sound. The "reverse runner" is a really nice touch, offering his support and making sure that all the runners are okay.
The drinks stations were just where they were needed; as indeed were the loos! And you don't have to queue...
The "Race HQ" is right next to the course; you're no more than two or three minutes' walk away from anything. Registration was a doddle. Date of review: May 29, 2016
In short: Flawless event from start to finish In full: Whilst 21 laps may put some off you barely notice it as it makes for a hugely social marathon as you're never very far from people, spectators, the aid station etc! Huge support, fantastic medal, easy logistics... no wonder it sells out earlier and earlier each year! Date of review: May 29, 2016
In short: A race your got to do every year because of the atmosphere. In full: Love this race from the inaugural to today. The only thing that has stopped me is injury. Runs like clockwork,fun, bespoke medal, beer and always a little something extra each year. Date of review: May 29, 2016
In short: Excellent race In full: I felt like I was running a marathon at a party! The laps are very short so you hear music and see supporters and aid tables every few minutes. It is not congested and yet you are never on your own. Support is best of any of the nine marathons I have done Date of review: May 29, 2016
In short: Some spectators came to cheer me on; they've entered for 2017 already. In full: Yet again, a fantastic race organised by Ian and his team at tzruns. We even managed to arrange for some weather to suit al of the runners in 2016 (unless you like running in hail, fog or snow).
21 laps = 21 groups of spectators, and with names on the bespoke running numbers, it's like running at a much bigger event. However, with the spectators being in one part of the course only, you do get some time to compose your thoughts. It also means that friends and family can see you every few minutes, without worrying that they might have missed you, like at bigger events, and the facilities for spectators at the Cyclopark are also fantastic (even the showers were still hot, when I finished just under 5 hours). Running laps may not be everybody's cup of tea, but being encouraged by the faster runners, and being able to encourage the slower ones, just helps to add to the atmosphere. If you've never tried it, you don't know what you're missing.
The medal for 2016 was enormous - the biggest yet - and with beer for all finishers, I'm thinking of signing my wife up for 2017, as she doesn't like beer! Date of review: May 29, 2016
In short: another great event In full: my 3rd KRR totally love this event the slick orgainisation the medal the free photos the free beer and this year a free buff the reverse runner I could go on. I have already entered 2017 Date of review: May 29, 2016
In short: Absolutely awesome, Ian and his team worked wonders, can't wait until the next one. In full: Amazingly well organised, all the way from picking your own race number through to the pre race emails, the car parking on the day, the race photography, the support, the marshals and the drinks station. Add all of the above running like clockwork to the fact the the Vikings could have stopped oncoming hoards with the shield of a medal we all got and the fact that I could cross the finish line with my children (something they and I both loved) meant one hell of a race to be a part of. Oh and I PBd too. Whoop whoop!! Awesome run! Date of review: May 29, 2016