In short: The best 10k race in my calendar In full: Absolutely love this race, for a 10k you get fantastic support on route and especially so at the start/finish in Battle where they manage to close the main road for the start. A lot of people line the road for the start/finish too and this helps to make this a special race.
In terms of scenery you have Battle, the Abbey and run past the battlegroup too so it ticks the box there as well. Superb marshalling as well as it can get tricky with the road once you get past the start and the marshalls do a great job.
Not a PB course with a long climb but the first mile is great as is the final 2-miles coming back. The finish is also notable in that there is so much going on so you tend to stick around and enjoy it for much longer than the typical 10k.
Overall one of my favourites and look forward to next year. Thanks BBB. Date of review: September 5, 2016
In short: Great race, friendly atmosphere and briliant marshalls In full: There are some hills, but not too too bad. I was supposed to run the full but got caught out with a nasty head cold. The marshalls/directors were great - super supportive and friendly and I was able to finish at the half way point - thank you. Date of review: September 5, 2016
In short: Great fast course! In full: This was the 1st half marathon I did in 2014 and today was my 3rd time with a Pb each time! It never fails to deliver with Brilliant organisation and the marshals were excellent as well as the supporters! I think it's got better every year! Look forward to my 4th time next year ?? Date of review: September 5, 2016
In short: A perfect day for my first Half Marathon In full: As a complete novice, I was impressed by the ease of Entry, and then receiving two detailed emails close to the event with final instructions and recommendations. From arrival to departure I was made to feel very welcome, met some lovely people, and found the course interesting, and perfectly manageable. It was well marked, and the groups of cheering people at the water stops, and the encouragement from every single Marshall made the run flow well. I understood from the info that this is quite a steep course, but at no time did it feel overwhelming, (though I did walk some bits!) Chuffed to bits to finish in a time that corresponded to running at home on less hilly country - must have been all the support en route. Plenty of everything - parking, toilets,etc. Big thanks to Mark O'Meara for excellent organisation, and making my first ever Half Marathon a real pleasure. Date of review: September 5, 2016
In short: A brilliant course with a mix of everything... Roads, paths, fields, woods, flat, hills. Great for everyone with a very generous cutoff time In full: 2016 was the first time this race had been held. It is a really good place for a run with a fantastic mix of terrain and gradients. You could not possibly get bored on this run! It had a great HQ at Enham Trust which was more than enough for everyone. There were 5 check points all enthusiastically cheering which was great as this was the first year so the field was quite small and we were quite spread out. Probably the most scenic courses Out there. Definitely recommended... Date of review: September 5, 2016
In short: Still the best. In full: We really are spoiled in Tunbridge Wells having a race of this quality on our doorstep. At it's heart is ten miles of fantastic running that is breath taking in all senses. Organisation is always superb, the T Shirts last forever AND they give you beer. A huge thank you to the bakers - there was a vast selection of lovely cakes and cookies, somebody must have worked very hard! Date of review: September 5, 2016
In short: Great event and well organised In full: This was my second half marathon and really enjoyed it. The organisation was spot on and the marshals were really supportive. The kids at the water stations were brilliant! There is a bit of up and down as you go through the town, then the 8 miles or so out in the countryside is very flat. Then around miles 10 - 12 there is a long steady incline which really took it out of my legs! The marshals really encouraged you to get up the last hill, knowing that the last mile was downhill! Great support at the end too. Lots of water stations but I'd say the bottles were too big, they were a bit cumbersome to carry with you and so much got wasted. Great goody bag! Would definitely do again. Date of review: September 5, 2016
In short: fantastic In full: Was so well organised. Even got a phone call to warn us about the potential traffic! Excellent value for money and very welcoming!!Big thank you to Thanet and all the marshals. Brillant day!! See you next year. Date of review: September 5, 2016
In short: Well organised and friendly. Quite challenging route and good for fans of trail running. In full: A well organised race. Very friendly matshalls. However parts of the course are single-file narrow tracks and I found it uncomfortable to run at times. Very muddy due to the weather and not a Pb course. I also found the course came up a little short on my watch but maybe that was just me. Decent support and nice medal. I wouldn't rush to do it again but I wouldn't write it off either. Fans if trail running will enjoy it. Date of review: September 5, 2016
In short: Bridging the Gap In full: This was the hardest profile for the last few miles of any half marathon I have competed in. The PB potential is negligible if you have reached your peak (old like me) but that is not the point of this race.The opportunity to run over the iconic original Severn Bridge should not be missed. The organisation was superb and even if you finish with a slow time the pleasure of competing in such a unique race is worthwhile. Date of review: September 5, 2016
In short: Good job! In full: Minor gripes aside, bottle neck at the beginning, limited group warm up and no goody bag (who doesn't like a goody bag!) this is a really good race. Pretty much flat throughout, the organisation is superb and the pacers were very good. Definite PB potential and an enjoyable race. The marshals were excellent and the cub scouts supporting the event were very efficient. Well done! I hope to do this event again for many years to come. Date of review: September 5, 2016
In short: Good well run event In full: This is a good relatively cheap HM. The set up is excellent with parking close by and a very good and secure bag drop in the town hall. Plenty of seating as well for before and after. Number pick up simple. Course itself is very flat with a couple of pinch points early on and underpasses being only issues. Water tables need to be longer. Good medal and a pretty relaxed finish. First time I've done a Purple Patch event and the only real issue was it should really be on Runbritain. It is certainly an event for PBs. For the price the HM is very good value. Date of review: September 5, 2016