In short: Fantastic event, start to finish. In full: From the moment of signing up to well after the race is over, the organisation and professional running of this event is like no other I've run. As everything is located on a fairly compact site you're never more than a 1 min walk from anything you need, and in my experience, with no queues to speak of. I don't want to sound like their PR dept. but theres so much included in the entry fee. I've run this event and its the second time I've PB'd but I'd imagine whatever your goal, you should have a great time. Date of review: June 2, 2016
In short: Good route bad lacking organisation In full: The route is good and the race itself was good,its just the organisation that let's it down. No signs for registration, queue massive for those who had prepaid. Missed the kids race which my daughter was running as I was in the queue and they had run out of t-shirt sizes despite the fact I had pre ordered. Date of review: June 2, 2016
In short: Great race in a great place In full: First time running the MOKRUN half and it proved to be just as good as expected in every respect. Highlights were the stunning beach run, locally made pottery medal and technical T shirt included in the entry fee. Friendly and very well organised as well. What more could you want ? Date of review: June 2, 2016
In short: Amazing location, friendly, well organized. Not to be missed In full: This was my third Mok run & I loved the whole weekend. It was tough run in the heat, but it's so well organized, the people are so friendly & encouraging. The 10k route is flat, whilst the half takes you down the beach which shouldn't be missed. Best run I do each year wouldn't miss it, looking forward to next year xxx Date of review: June 2, 2016
In short: A typical road marathon, plenty of club runners chasing PBs In full: I signed up for the Kent Road Runner a year ago, just after friends had run the race and the Facebook hype was high. At that point in time I had only run 1 marathon (and 2 ultras). Fast forward 12 months and KRR was marathon 19 (count includes ultras)! In that time I have run good races and bad, and whilst KRR wasn’t even close to being the worst race I have ever run (that has to go to Lydd 20) it didn’t live up to the hype for me. Yes, it was well organised, yes it had a big medal, but if I hadn’t made so many friends over the last 12 months then I think it would have been a lonely 21 laps! There were some ace supporters, and enough people that I knew on the race crew for me to feel as though they cared but it’s also a “road race” and that means run clubbers out for their 1 marathon of the year (or maybe 2 if they are on a 6 month training cycle)!
Would I do the race again? Yes, if I was after a fast, road race, with a lapped route I could power round without worrying about uneven terrain or massive hills. What would make it better for me? More clarity on the cutoffs. It became clear after the race that pressure was being piled on by the owners of the site the course was on. Being clear upfront that all runners need to be offsite by time X or they’d be locked in all night would make sure there was no ambiguity and no one would look at finish times from previous years and think they would be OK. Set the mid-race cutoff at 3 hours, people generally get slower in the second half of a marathon and it gives them more leeway to make the final cutoff without having to run a huge negative split. Finally, have a sweeper, set them loose after the mid-race cutoff and give the slower runners more warning that they might be pulled. By making it clear that if you drop behind the pacer and haven’t caught up by the end of the lap then you are out would mean you don’t find yourself right up against the wire with the finish in sight but the hope of a medal has gone. Date of review: June 2, 2016
In short: Great in many ways, but a little overpriced everywhere In full: Brilliantly organised, but don't expect to see much of Edinburgh. Race is quickly out of the city and onto a pleasant coastal route, but mainly out and back. You finish about 6 miles from the start and that's when the fun starts. Plenty of water, a little light on gels and no sports drink, but a great medal, T shirt, key ring and a pretty good bag of stuff. Didn't use the bag drop but it seemed to be running smoothly, but if you paid the £5 for a shuttle bus you had quite a walk to get to them. Local busses running for £1.50 from just across the road, with little queuing. Didn't notice any pacers on the day, chip timed, but not always where you'd expect and results not very well broken down (my opinion only). My main gripe was that for £60 they could throw in your bus fare home. Enjoyed the day, some big sections of noise from crowds and a good atmosphere in places. Date of review: June 1, 2016
In short: Worth fighting for a place In full: Have ran this race many times and cant praise how great it is from the pre race pasta party to the post race ceilidh . One for the race bucket list . Well organised , great goody bag , the t shirts were amazing this year , and the atmosphere all weekend was electric.
In short: Finally a race which puts the runners first In full: From signing up to leaving the cyclopark the race is put on with the wants and needs of the runners a primary focus. Free number swapping up to a month before the event, a partial refund for anyone who was unable to run and even letting us pick the soundtrack. The laps could have been tedious and rather repetitive but I didn't find that in the slightest, if it wasn't for the anti socialness of marathon training I would have already signed up for next year. Date of review: June 1, 2016
In short: Friendliest Marathon Going In full: Having done this race in 2015 and enjoying it so much I returned with 25 members of my running club. It turned out to be a fantastic day out and a resounding thumbs up from everyone. From experienced marathoners to 8 people doing their first one, the orgasnisation, atmosphere and general feel of the race is amazing. Don't let the laps put you off, it allows the best support you'll ever get anywhere. Couple this with the gigantic medal and you have an event that people will return to year after year. Date of review: June 1, 2016
In short: hot hot hot In full: Great race, well organised all the way through to baggage collection, a runners dream until you needed to get back to Edinburgh. Good start, great support, and a pretty nice route out and along the coast. Any other weather and this would be a quick course. PB potential disappeared as the sun burst through after an hour though....it got very very warm. Plenty of water available, but saw so many people struggling with the heat and sun exposure. Because of this, it leads to my only gripe of the day, the shuttle service to take you back to Edinburgh was pretty poor...you had to walk a good mile or so to get to the buses...far from great given the conditions, and there were several people struggling and needing assistance on this trek. Goodybag was a little meagre, but a cracking medal and t-shirt. Might come back again 1 day. Date of review: June 1, 2016
In short: definitely a must! In full: MoK run has pulled it out of the bag yet again!such a well organized event with stunning scenery and huge local support. The whole town pulled together to cheer runners on at every part of the 10k with a bonus well needed cool down from a garden hose shower. The ceilidh afterwards was fantastic from start to finish with a brilliant photo booth and photographs from the day featured on a slide show on the wall. I even managed to bag myself a golden ticket from the raffle which gives me entry to next year's 10k! Date of review: June 1, 2016
In short: Absolutely fantastic In full: Brillant race, fantastic goody bag with puma tshirt, pottery medals plus a lot more. Free coffee, sandwiches and pastries at the finishing line. Even the local coop was there giving out cookies and flavoured milk. Then the ceilidh at the end.... Wow this town knows how to organise an event. Roll on 2017 Date of review: June 1, 2016
In short: Great support and on-course volunteers, let down by poor organisation In full: I was excited about this race, as it is a local one for me, but it was let down by the poor organisation.
On the plus side, the people of Hackney were tremendous in their support - a special thank you to those out with hose pipes to cool us down and the very vocal (and welcome) support on the "undulation" at 11.5 miles!
Also, there were plenty of water stations and they handed out bottles (not the pouches which you can't open) and the volunteers all along the route were great.
Baggage collection at the end was also very efficient.
Unfortunately, the pluses were outnumbered for me by the negatives, which arise mostly from the poor organisation at the start.
There were long queues to drop baggage off - all the while with the incessant commentary barking at us to hurry to the start line.
Once we had all been hassled to the start, we were left there, squashed in in the heat with no shelter and no information at all while the start time came and went .... and went.
At one point, in an attempt apparently to stop people squashing in, the organisers actually managed to push people further in to our pen, so we started to get squashed until we yelled for people to stop - not the adrenaline rush you really need before a long race.
After standing for ages in the heat, we eventually got going - but the field was horribly congested - I saw 4 people take a tumble in the first 2.5 miles.
Although there were around 12,000 runners, there was no wave start. In theory there were pens according to expected time, but the disorganised start meant that these were all mixed up, which meant having to weave around people, but that was difficult to do safely in the crowded conditions - and in many places, where the course is narrow, it was just not possible at all. It made it very difficult to get into a regular running pace, which was annoying and especially unwelcome on a very hot day.
I will not be back as I did not feel the race was safe - with such a large number of runners, it needs a properly organised, and marshalled, wave start with decent communication.
In short: Still a great race, but please sort the starting pens In full: This has been one of my favourite races, which I have done every year for the last few years. But I agree with the comments of others here - this year, the starting pens were not right.
In previous years, it was a model of how to organise the start of a race. E.g. last year, there were 9 waves and lots of information to count down to your start (unlike Hackney Half's awful start this year - never again). But, this year, there were only 4 waves and they seemed a bit random. It made the first k or so very congested, which was frustrating and I expect will put people off running it again. It is a shame, as in previous years the race has been so well organised and, the start aside, it was a great race and I still got a pb (with a notably quicker second half, once the field had thinned out a bit).
Good goody bag and t-shirt - although sizing was male so the "small" is huge on me. Now the race is more or less 50-50 men and women, can we not have women's shirts at the end too please?
The new course is still very good, although I miss the embankment course, where it is easier to cheer on the leaders coming back the other way. Date of review: May 31, 2016