In short: The best just got better In full: I've been fortunate to run this race five years consecutively. I don't know how the race organisers do it, but every year it just gets better and better. There is no friendlier race around. Whether a racing snake, a mid-pack or back of the pack runner this event is for you. Date of review: May 30, 2016
In short: The most awesome runners and supporters anywhere In full: I ran this in 2014, and was a volunteer last year. On both occasions I had an absolute blast. This year was better, if that's possible. The organisation is second to none, the marshals are the most supportive, encouraging and engaging I've ever come across, and the supporters - well, you have to be there to understand what a phenomenal group they are. There is nothing - nothing- that I don't like about this race. Including Tourette's Hill. The best marathon around for atmosphere and inclusivity. I urge any new runners to give this a go. It's awesome. Date of review: May 30, 2016
In short: Will be back!! In full: For first time event was awesome! Couple of learning things such as first metal gate in woods should have had marshall and small bottle water stations are the way to go. Other than that fantastic marshalls, well run event. Deserve pat on back to all who helped organise. Seeya next year Date of review: May 30, 2016
In short: Really well organised and friendly. Good clubhouse base with plenty of room and parking with all usual required amenities. Toilet facilities a bit small in number. Route was great a reasonably challenging - Easy to navigate Date of review: May 30, 2016
In short: A great first race. But a few comments for next year! In full: The Brilliant - The atmosphere and the enthusiasm of the marshalls. The Good - If you could catch your breath, there was some great scenery. Good to see timing chips from the outset. The Bad - That main road underpass transition was a bit messy! I very nearly went the wrong way! The Ugly - I don't think it was 13 miles :-( My GPS watch may have been out, but not by 0.4 of a mile!
Overall I thoroughly enjoyed this race. It was crisp organisation with a prompt start. The number of times the start has draaaaaaagged on because we have to sit through announcements and "warm-ups" when we just want to get started. Nice work there.
I genuinely feel this is one of the best half-marathons I've ever had the pleasure to be a part of. There were a couple of points where I was completely on my own and had to ask some dog-walkers if they'd seen runners ahead! I'm guessing I might be in the minority in that regard though. But a few more signs in places with no marshals would be appreciated.
Also, sort the website out! It's a bit fiddly to find the results. Well worth having a note on the page afterwards with a link.
Otherwise, brilliant! Nice work guys. I very much look forward to next year. Date of review: May 30, 2016
In short: My first KRR and 3rd marathon . What can I say other than WOW!!! This event is superbly organised with meticulous attention to detail. I'm into running for the people I meet along the way as much as the running itself and this race is a cracker !! In full: Pre - race online banter meant I felt like I knew my cello racers before I even got there!! Great build up by the organisers week by week - and THE BEST BLING I have ever seen !! It's not flat and not easy and the temperatures on Saturday meant I boardered on heat stroke from about 18 miles so had to walk quite a bit . It has runners of all abilities and the great thing is that slower runners are running with faster runners at all pints ( apart from when the speedsters have finished - but then they support us sloggers and were showing us glimpses of the medal we were about to win to keep us going !!) I was very wary of a lapped race. It it has loads to recommend it - personal race stations where you could leave grow etc or in our case the magnum of Prosecco !! Great for pacing and support. Coloured bands to discard to help counting . When u finish - showers and sports massage at bargain price !! There are no negatives here .... Good God .... I think I may be talking myself into entering again next year ......!!! Date of review: May 30, 2016
In short: Fantastically organized, well supported, friendly, multilap marathon In full: This is one of the best run events I've seen - it's got the air of an event that's been organized by people who love running for people who love running. For example, the professional race photographs are bundled into the entry fee, the bling is giant, and the goodie bag contains things you want rather than junk the sponser wants to get rid of.
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