In short: Perfect course if it's a 1st marathon. In full: Scenic & mostly flat. Last mile is very steep, a tough end to an enjoyable run. It was my 1st marathon & I was VERY happy to see the finishing line! Date of review: October 13, 2015
In short: A decent, fast half In full: A fast very-slightly undulating but pretty much flat course along quiet country lanes, similar to Paddock Wood but smaller and more intimate. Starts and ends on the village green which was a little bit wet underfoot but nothing to worry about. A fast course as long as the wind isn't up on the day.
The immediate results at the finish was a nice touch, the only minor gripes are the usual ones; baggage & toilets! The obvious thing to do with the baggage is give runners a label they can write their race number on then attach to their bag, as the slowness came from the baggage people doing the labelling which meant long queues.
Would definitely run this race again. Date of review: October 13, 2015
In short: My favourite 10K In full: My 4th time at this race this year, and still my favourite 10k. Not the easiest course but the mixture of road, woods & paths means there is never a dull moment. Date of review: October 13, 2015
In short: Now I know why it is so highly rated In full: I wanted to run this race in '13 and '14 but it filled up before I got the chance. This year I was better organised and I wasn't disappointed. Really enjoyed the long wooded sections, hard to believe I was in Bromley really. My family really enjoyed the event village and we stayed for local beer and bacon rolls after the race. Date of review: October 13, 2015
In short: FRIENDLY, WELL ORGANISED, SCENIC, ENCOURAGING In full: Really enjoyed this 10k and think it has become my favourite one now!!! lovely club, lots of refreshments and so good to see a club so actively supporting local hospice well done!! Will return and spread the word Date of review: October 13, 2015
In short: 2nd toughest in Cornwall In full: Yes, there are hills and yes, the one at 3 miles is hellish. Why would you keep doing all flat and boring ones? Well organised and well marshalled with a cracking technical T shirt at the end. In fact, the best one I've had from a race. Date of review: October 13, 2015
In short: Love it, clockwork organisation, friendly and challenging run In full: My second PW10k after getting very wet in 2013, will be back again next year. Get in early as it sells out and i missed it in 2014. Fantastic organisation, no hassles, great marshals, lots to do, nice route and friendly & mixed crowd Date of review: October 13, 2015
In short: first time runner - loved it In full: My first 10K, was much hillier and cross country than anticipated but well worth the challenge. great atmosphere and support the whole way round. Date of review: October 13, 2015
In short: Fabulous Race! In full: I ran this for the first time and can clearly say that this is one of the best organised races on the planet! It was well marshalled - all were very friendly and extremely helpful! There is a great band playing to get you in the mood, a warm-up routine, cooked food for after the race, a bouncy castle and face painting for the kids... this event has everything, even great weather! It's a superb day out for all the family and I will certainly be running it again next year! Well done to the organisers for getting it spot on! Date of review: October 13, 2015
In short: Really well organised race and friendly atmosphere In full: Lovely run through woods, fields, some roads/pavements and over a railway footbridge. So well organised and loads of supportive marshals and spectators. Even the tree roots on some paths, causing trip hazards, had been marked out in white for runners to spot them easily. Just getting back into my running and events like this make me realize what I've been missing. Thanks Petts Wood runners! Date of review: October 13, 2015
In short: Great marathon from beginning to end In full: This was my 2nd year of running the Yorkshire Marathon and it was just as good as last year despite me having knee issues and therefore not getting near my PB. The course is the most constantly scenic of all the marathons I've done. I did suspect this last year, but the fog was so bad visibility was poor an it was impossible to tell! The Marshalls are all helpful, informative and so supportive along the course and the crowd, especially in the last 8 miles (when you need it most), cheer everybody and anybody and always raise a smile. A great large medal and excellent technical tee all add to what is my favorite marathon. I hope to be next year and getting that PB! Highly recommended. Date of review: October 13, 2015
In short: Great race but expensive In full: This is a review of the Half Marathon. Overall it was one of the best I've ran in. The scenery was magnificent, helped by the gloriously sunny autumn morning. Because it was a point-to-point race there was a great chance of a pb as the run was essentially downhill. In my 45th half I missed out by seconds - more of that later! I thought the organisation across the weekend was magnificent. My wife ran the 10k and my mate ran the marathon and all the races seemed to work like clockwork.
My only genuine gripe was the price. Not the price of the race itself (£40-odd is very steep but it was a great race and the medal was brilliant) - but the £8.50 for a bus ticket to the start. If you're going to organise a point-to-point with the start line in the backstreets then you ought to provide a free shuttle service, or at the very least a nominally priced fare. I live in London - one of the most expensive cities in the world - but you can travel on any bus for £1.40. The £8.50 fare just to get to the start left a bit of a sour taste. I can't believe with the revenue generated by the entries that this fare (for a 3-4 mile journey) can be justified.
My only other gripe was that there wasn't any clear notice at the start village saying the actual start line was about 3/4 mile away. I was keeping warm in the cafe with hundreds of others until there was 5-10 mins to go and subsequently I couldn't get to the start line on time. I started in a pen two speed levels below me and missed out on a pb because it took me so long to overtake the crowds before I could get going.
That said, it was a superb experience and the crowds were great too. Date of review: October 13, 2015
In short: Excellently organised event! In full: Tough and challenging course at certain stages, but the organization and friendliness of all involved with this event is outstanding. I have to give a special mention the marshals, which were excellent and also to the local residents who were very supportive. I cannot think of anything to mark this event down on, which says it all! Date of review: October 13, 2015
In short: My local race - do it every year In full: Always in my calendar as its my local race. Turn up, run, collect goody bag and then home for a well deserved Sunday lunch. Nice. Date of review: October 13, 2015
In short: Beautiful route through scenic woodland in the autumn sunshine. In full: I'm fairly new to running but was made to feel very welcome: this race is impeccably well organised and the marshals stationed along the route were all awesome in their encouragement. The route itself is as beautiful as they come, with a few hilly ups and downs and some tricky sections where you had to watch your footing - but the organisers had signposted these and marked out trip hazards in powder. It's virtually all off road. The weather was perfect - early morning autumn sunshine. Glorious. Date of review: October 13, 2015
In short: Lovely race with excellent organisation In full: This was my first time to the Petts Wood 10k and I thouroughly enjoyed myself. The warm-up could ahve done with getting some spectators out of the way and a louder speaker as we could barely hear what we were supposed to do.
THe staged approach was great, but some annoyance at people who were never going to get under 50 minutes started in 45-50 which meant that they blocked up towards the end. Not really the organisers fault though.
After the race there were bananas, a very nice medal and a beer tent with local ales.
All in all a wonderful race and a great organisation. I will be back next year. Date of review: October 13, 2015
In short: Very well organised.Lovely Scenery BUT Tough !!!! In full: A really enjoyable Sunday morning run in lovely weather. Not a race to smash a PB as very hilly in places. Really well organised. Marshalls everywhere cheering you on. Well done Petts Wood Runners Date of review: October 13, 2015