In short: Great race-challenging but interesting route In full: Great race, well organised and great support from all the marshalls, lost count but there must have been a marshall every 1/4mile. The route was perfect, and included some nice coastal sights and the white cliffs and beaches.
Wasn't expecting the hills but this only added to interesting route and build up to a spring marathon.
I'll definitely be coming back and bringing freinds Date of review: March 2, 2015
In short: Perfect Spring Marathon prep! In full: Big thanks as ever to everybody at TRRC for yesterdays race. Went round in a bit under 2.43 and was well happy with that. The breeze was challenging to say the least, but there was great spirit between the runners and all the helpers who were fantastic. Thanks again and see you next year. Date of review: March 2, 2015
In short: Yet again a great race Thanet! In full: Brilliantly organised, lovely views and a real test ahead of any spring marathon. Was gutted that 2014's race didn't happen and delighted that it's come back and better than before. Great marshalls and lots of water stations throughout and helpful chip timing guys, excellent goody bad and fab medal at the end making it all worthwhile. I really struggled this year and couldn't have been happier that the field that we run round in 2013 was cut out of the equation! Will be back for sure next year as will many of my club (Dartford Road Runners). Date of review: March 2, 2015
In short: Achieved my personal best In full: This is not a flat course but the hills are in the earlier part of the course when hopefully legs are fresh. Some lovely village scenery on the way round and plenty of support and jelly babies from the friendly locals. The pace markers were really helpful and thanks to them I achieved my personal best.The run is great value for money and I would definitively do it again. Date of review: March 2, 2015
In short: Superbly Challenging In full: I started running only 8 years ago at the age of 50 due to a health scare that made me rethink my approach to fitness. Since then I've surprised myself at what I can do if I put my mind to it, but have never been that bothered to slog out a marathon. In the first few years I head about the Stinger from friends, and it sounded like only a superman would do this! Last year I entered the half, and it was like nothing I'd done before - after the Brighton Half 2 weeks before this was a different league, but a great event! This year I didn't tell anyone because the weather and circumstances on the day can be a big influence on this event, but I planned to 'turn right' at the route divider if I felt ok. The mud was epioc, again!" I think it was even muddier than last year as it lasted all the way up the first 'sting' this time, but one can never be sure. I felt good, duly turned right, and slogged around for my first ever marathon - my reasoning was, why do the easy thing and just have to keep building the challenge - go straight in and then you know what the most challenging is, and everything else will see within my capabilities (not 'easy' - just not entirely 'unknown'). I love this event - the mud, the humour (and the lady who starts us is a legend, 2 years in succession she's mafe me laugh while I tremble on the line, waiting to go!). Will I be back? Hell yeah! Date of review: March 2, 2015
In short: well organised, enjoyable 20 miler In full: A superbly organised event with plenty of enthusiastic marshals and lots of water stations. Its a rolling course and perfect as a marathon prep. run. I really enjoyed the course, i especially liked the fact we saw our fellow competitors at the turn around so 10/10 from me :) Date of review: March 2, 2015
In short: A great part of a VLM or Brighton training plan In full: Excellent and slickly organised Thanet 20 mile race. The marshalls, water stations and route were all first class. You can really tell this was organised by runners for runners. Well done and thank you Thanet Roadrunners AC. Perhaps next year you could turn down the coastal wind and then it would be truly perfect!. Date of review: March 2, 2015
In short: Amazing, tough but extraordinarily fun In full: Well organised throughout, no problem with parking as had been expected.
Friendly encouraging marshals throughout, with lots of places for litter. Everyone really friendly, including entire villages who seem to come out for the event.
Course is really tough, starting on shingle certainly wasn't fun. So many hills and cliffs, and despite great views they hurt. Lots and lots of mud, and some bog, & all immensely fun. Large sections of walking as the terrain is simply not able to be run, and seemed to me more of an endurance event than a run.
Irrespective I would highly recommend this one... Well organised from start to finish, with heaps of fun and hard work inbetween! Date of review: March 1, 2015
In short: Bit less wind would be nice In full: 3rd time doing this and always a decent race. Be nice if we could get it wind free one year but can hardly blame the organisers for that! Only minor gripe would be a few more marshals on the front leading up to the pier would be good. A lot of public strolling along as is their right but would prefer a marshal asking them to keep to one side than having to shout myself. Date of review: March 1, 2015
In short: Tough hill in the first part In full: Great race, very well organized. 3 times a drummer group and a piper on the route. Scenetic views, but don't underestimate the toughj hill at mile 3, but what goes up must come down. Date of review: March 1, 2015
In short: Brilliant organisation and marshals - ridiculously good value In full: Thanet Roadrunners always put on well organised but challenging events. Run by runners for runners. Everything was really slick. Plenty of bottled water stations, really supportive marshals and a very well organised finish with chip timings, quality technical t shirt, great medal and healthy dog bag. There was good medical cover and such supportive marshals at the finish. Brilliant effort Thanet. Been told this was the first race for the race director. One to be proud of. Bit less wind next year please!!! Date of review: March 1, 2015
In full: first time in running event, was quietly impressed with the organisation baggage drop off was smooth and pick up the same did not have to wait for bag the course was as described as undulating which it was, plenty of water stops, the marshals were great as usual, parking plenty at the rail station which was free and only a few mins away from start, the down side which is very minor the medal was a little plain and could not hear the announcement from towards the back Date of review: March 1, 2015
In short: I have almost beaten my PB In full: The organizers did a perfect half marathon in Coventry. Water stations, cross-roads, profile of the course and marshalling were great. And I nearly beat my PB. Date of review: March 1, 2015
In full: Nice atmosphere, plenty of support. A good range of settings from countryside to city centre kept things interesting. Quite a few narrow points made the first few miles feel harder than they were. Lots of water at water stations - in bottles too, hoorah! T shirt included in fee so decent value. I really enjoyed the "controlled anarchy" at the end where you had to assemble your own goodie bag - more controlled than anarchy to be fair and really nice atmosphere. Thought the medal was rather "generic" no year or "Newport Half Marathon" inscribed on it, our only real gripe, and looking forward to returning. Given this is only their third year I would say well done Newport. Date of review: March 1, 2015
In short: Actual run is good, nice route - venue & organisation, could be better In full: My first time at Berkhamsted, but as I've run numerous Gade Valley training runs I know the course backwards (literally), so enjoyed the actual run - log hills but nothing too severe.
Venue - reminded me of a local park/fun run, i.e. not much there, no proper changing facilities, showers etc, shelter if it had been worse weather. And as a note to organisers, if you send out numbers, give us a baggage label at the same time; would have saved a long, pointless queue!
Value - its a rotary run so I don't expect much for my money, hope they raised lots for their good cause.
So - nice enough run, but I did same course the week before as a Marathon Training run with Gade Valley Harriers as a 17 miler for £5, with better facilities, so may stick to their runs in future. Date of review: March 1, 2015
In short: Mud, hills and wind, but the views are something else In full: And off-road half-marathon on the South Downs, very well marshalled and well organised, ample water stations, chocolate digestives and chunks of mars bars. Nice bling and a cooked breakfast included in the entry fee. And you can start when you want and don't have to wait for the mass start. What isn't to like...
The first few miles are muddy. And lots of standing water It fact it was hard to stay upright for the first few yards. Even in decent trail shoes. Some of the puddles are quite deep, mid-calf deep and I'm six two. Then come the "Stings" two of 'em, and they hurt; the first is steeper and very slippery and the second goes on forever. But when you get to the top the view will make your head spin - stunning. And this year, wow the wind was blowing hard and cold, a real face freezer.
Lovely people from beginning to end, and the runners are a friendly bunch too. I'll be back. Date of review: March 1, 2015