In short: Best 10k. In full: Everything is good about this race. Venue, facilities, transport, volunteers, organisation and a great atmosphere. It is the best 10k I have ever done and gets better each year. Thanks to everyone involved for all their hard work in putting on a great race. Date of review: February 8, 2015
In short: It has some potential In full: I believe this was the first year the organised the London winter run so I've rated it a bit higher than I would have done if it was not the first year because I've seen some potential there. I liked the idea of having waves starting every 8 mins but it was very difficult to understand which wave was the right one as the people were all mixed together on the back of the queue. For the first 500m I got quite stuck into the crowd. Also don't expect a goodie bag, despite it was the most expensive 10k I've ever run. A part from this, the organisation was quite good with an excellent supervised bag drop area and plenty of volunteers. Date of review: February 8, 2015
In short: LOVELY! In full: there is no reason not to do this race. easy to park, lovely clubhouse, picturesque course, fabulous marshals, great organisation, perfect medal, lots of support, very friendly. perfect for beginners and racing snakes alike. see you next year Date of review: February 7, 2015
In short: Fast course - great for pb's In full: Course was as flat as I expected and nice support at the finish, but some marshals out on the course offered little or no encouragement. Date of review: February 7, 2015
In short: Loved it - ill be back next year. In full: When I decided to do my first Half marathon, I got the choice down to either paddock wood or Hastings. I'm glad I chose Hastings - I didn't find the hills as bad as people had warned because most were gradual rather than steep ones I hate. Brilliant crowd support - I think most of hastings come out and cheer you on. Word of warning - make sure you stretch afterwards, I didn't as needed to get a lift, and my achillies didn't thank me for it. Date of review: February 7, 2015
In short: Very friendly club race and great support and marshals. In full: One of my favourite races on the calendar although as a traditionalist, I do prefer the original route. If I hadn't ran that before I am sure I would have been more than happy with the out and back. No parking on the site is a great thing. The support from the officials and marshals on the course were fantastic as usual. Medal was brilliant. My only criticism if I can be constructive is I think for a race that size, better prizes should be on offer for the winners and it was pretty tight for space inside and the facilities were stretched. Date of review: February 6, 2015
In short: Beautiful scenery but tough! In full: 35mph headwinds and a blizzard led to tricky running conditions, that would have challenged even the most experienced of runners. This race isn't ideal for beginner runners as the first 2-3k were uphill, unfortunately some of the participants didn't even attempt to run at all which created a bottle neck at points, I don't really know why they even entered a chip timed race to walk! Apart from this the location was beautiful, the views were sensational and the goody bag was brilliant. Date of review: February 5, 2015
In short: Another good event by the BV Lions In full: An excellent event considering it is not organised by a running club. My only real criticism is the start. Having to stop 100 yards into the race to squeeze through the gate is very frustrating. I know it only effects overall time by a few seconds but this could easily be rectified by starting in the road and having a longer finish in the field. Date of review: February 5, 2015
In short: My first race, which I enjoyed. Even taking my lonesome plods around home, I posted my fastest ever time so far. In full: I will no doubt do more and my target is to knock another 1 and half mins of my PB which at this race was 51.28, which I should be able to do, as on this race, My Garmin didn't work for the first few miles, so I was unable to monitor my pace like I normally do, so could've gone a little faster. I'm still relatively a novice having only started running a year ago as and when, so currently doing things my way!! Date of review: February 5, 2015
In short: Lovely fast course, excellent organisation. In full: Considering the changes that had to be made to the course at the last minute, it was very well run. Great friendly marshals who gave you that extra lift just when you needed it. Date of review: February 5, 2015
In short: Challenging as quite Hilly In full: Well organised, did this in 2014 and will enter 2016 as its a good 1st half marathon to start off the year. Seemed to be more hills this year probably would have got a PB if it was flat but nevertheless good training !
Well organised as ever, marshals on hand and encouraging.
Only criticism is the lack of baggage handlers, took ages to get my bag back. Date of review: February 4, 2015
In short: Excellent organisation and marshals !! In full: Many thanks to Nice Work for an excellent race. Volunteers were brilliant, and the marshals were full of encouragement, especially the one with the loud hailer ! Date of review: February 4, 2015
In short: Shame about the portaloo let down, long queue for baggage In full: enjoyed my first ever 10 miler!! pretty run and to see Canterbury Cathedral running down towards finish was such a beautiful picture, good marshals NOT ENOUGH WATER STATION AND NO JELLY BABIES OR SOMETHING SWEET ON THE TABLES! FINISH A BIT ODD FINISH LINE AND AFTER THOUGHT SO KEEP RUNNING A LITTLE FURTHER MEDAL A BIG DISAPPOINTMENT Date of review: February 3, 2015