In short: Friendly and welcoming race In full: Once the hill is out of the way there is a chance to make up time on the downhill. the rest of the course is flat but does get a bit twisty around Sovereign Harbour. My one swear of the day went to that final loop down the underpass runners are sent on when you can almost touch the finish! Date of review: March 2, 2015
In short: No great complaints but not brilliant either In full: I was a bit of a backmarker at the start and for many parts of the course, due to pinch points, it was difficult to work through the field. Should have worn trail shoes and might have coped better on the wetlands/paths/mud. Quite a boring route with too many parts on part closed roads or adjacent to busy roads e.g. M4. Plenty of water, well organised, goody bag at the end as a self assembly could have done with signing/control. Poor medal and good t-shirt Date of review: March 2, 2015
In short: Scenic Village that somehow fits in a 10K route. It's like the Tardis In full: OK - this is for the 2015 race. I couldnt see a page for it.
The move to March means its a bit cooler for racing - so you have to run faster to keep warm. A 2 lapper worked well with no problem overtaking on the second lap. Great medal, teeshirt and goody bag - so that's nice. Very twisty course but surprisingly fast. Well worth a trip to race and spend time in the Village after.
In short: Well organised, friendly, fast race In full: Great event. Done it several times now and is a must on the annual calendar now. Good scenic course, couple of very small bumps i.e. over motorway bridge but nothing of note so fast course. Well organised. Very well supported and the marshals very vocal in cheering people on. Back to technical T shirts this year after the blip of providing cotton ones last year. I gather the only niggle was running out of safety pins for attaching numbers but I was early so didn't affect me. Cheers High Legh and Lymm Runners. See you next year. Date of review: March 2, 2015
In short: Easy on the eye, hard on the legs and lungs In full: Having done the Tunbridge Wells Half Marathon for the last couple of years, I thought I’d give Berkhamsted a try as it’s nearer to home and the two races seem comparable in terms of size of event and the type of course.
Just like Tunbridge Wells, the course is very picturesque – probably more so as you’ve also got the tree-lined lanes to add to the rolling fields and pretty villages.
And just like Tunbridge Wells, the course is undulating to say the least. Actually found Berkhamsted harder as it’s undulating throughout whereas most of the climb at TW is concentrated on two hills which are out of the way by the eight mile mark. Berkhamsted had few flat sections and saved a nasty little climb for just before the twelve mile mark, although with a welcome downhill last mile.
Getting to/from the race was very easy as the start/finish area is a five-minute walk from the station, which also offered plenty of free parking.
Organisation at the start/finish was pretty good. Comparison here with TW probably less favourable though, as TW benefits from the use of a large sports hall meaning there’s plenty of shelter if the weather isn’t great. TW also has a very efficient bag drop (in the same sports hall) and a brilliantly organised toilet queue.
At Berkhamsted the queue for the bag drop got quite long with 15 minutes to go, but actually moved quite quickly. Plenty of toilets, but they’re scattered about meaning the queues are disorganised.
Start area was a quite congested and virtually non-existent timing pens made for a slow get away as runners of different paces were all jumbled-up.
Once out on the course the marshalling was excellent – I don’t think I’ve seen more marshals at a race, and all friendly and encouraging. Although the roads along the route aren’t closed, there didn’t seem to be too many cars and what traffic there was behaved considerately (and was well controlled by the marshals).
All-in-all, a really great race. Friendly atmosphere, good organisation and great support from spectators and marshals alike, along a beautiful course with some leg-sapping undulations. Date of review: March 2, 2015
In short: Great race-challenging but interesting route In full: Great race, well organised and great support from all the marshalls, lost count but there must have been a marshall every 1/4mile. The route was perfect, and included some nice coastal sights and the white cliffs and beaches.
Wasn't expecting the hills but this only added to interesting route and build up to a spring marathon.
I'll definitely be coming back and bringing freinds Date of review: March 2, 2015
In short: Perfect Spring Marathon prep! In full: Big thanks as ever to everybody at TRRC for yesterdays race. Went round in a bit under 2.43 and was well happy with that. The breeze was challenging to say the least, but there was great spirit between the runners and all the helpers who were fantastic. Thanks again and see you next year. Date of review: March 2, 2015
In short: Yet again a great race Thanet! In full: Brilliantly organised, lovely views and a real test ahead of any spring marathon. Was gutted that 2014's race didn't happen and delighted that it's come back and better than before. Great marshalls and lots of water stations throughout and helpful chip timing guys, excellent goody bad and fab medal at the end making it all worthwhile. I really struggled this year and couldn't have been happier that the field that we run round in 2013 was cut out of the equation! Will be back for sure next year as will many of my club (Dartford Road Runners). Date of review: March 2, 2015
In short: Achieved my personal best In full: This is not a flat course but the hills are in the earlier part of the course when hopefully legs are fresh. Some lovely village scenery on the way round and plenty of support and jelly babies from the friendly locals. The pace markers were really helpful and thanks to them I achieved my personal best.The run is great value for money and I would definitively do it again. Date of review: March 2, 2015
In short: Superbly Challenging In full: I started running only 8 years ago at the age of 50 due to a health scare that made me rethink my approach to fitness. Since then I've surprised myself at what I can do if I put my mind to it, but have never been that bothered to slog out a marathon. In the first few years I head about the Stinger from friends, and it sounded like only a superman would do this! Last year I entered the half, and it was like nothing I'd done before - after the Brighton Half 2 weeks before this was a different league, but a great event! This year I didn't tell anyone because the weather and circumstances on the day can be a big influence on this event, but I planned to 'turn right' at the route divider if I felt ok. The mud was epioc, again!" I think it was even muddier than last year as it lasted all the way up the first 'sting' this time, but one can never be sure. I felt good, duly turned right, and slogged around for my first ever marathon - my reasoning was, why do the easy thing and just have to keep building the challenge - go straight in and then you know what the most challenging is, and everything else will see within my capabilities (not 'easy' - just not entirely 'unknown'). I love this event - the mud, the humour (and the lady who starts us is a legend, 2 years in succession she's mafe me laugh while I tremble on the line, waiting to go!). Will I be back? Hell yeah! Date of review: March 2, 2015
In short: well organised, enjoyable 20 miler In full: A superbly organised event with plenty of enthusiastic marshals and lots of water stations. Its a rolling course and perfect as a marathon prep. run. I really enjoyed the course, i especially liked the fact we saw our fellow competitors at the turn around so 10/10 from me :) Date of review: March 2, 2015
In short: A great part of a VLM or Brighton training plan In full: Excellent and slickly organised Thanet 20 mile race. The marshalls, water stations and route were all first class. You can really tell this was organised by runners for runners. Well done and thank you Thanet Roadrunners AC. Perhaps next year you could turn down the coastal wind and then it would be truly perfect!. Date of review: March 2, 2015
In short: Amazing, tough but extraordinarily fun In full: Well organised throughout, no problem with parking as had been expected.
Friendly encouraging marshals throughout, with lots of places for litter. Everyone really friendly, including entire villages who seem to come out for the event.
Course is really tough, starting on shingle certainly wasn't fun. So many hills and cliffs, and despite great views they hurt. Lots and lots of mud, and some bog, & all immensely fun. Large sections of walking as the terrain is simply not able to be run, and seemed to me more of an endurance event than a run.
Irrespective I would highly recommend this one... Well organised from start to finish, with heaps of fun and hard work inbetween! Date of review: March 1, 2015
In short: Bit less wind would be nice In full: 3rd time doing this and always a decent race. Be nice if we could get it wind free one year but can hardly blame the organisers for that! Only minor gripe would be a few more marshals on the front leading up to the pier would be good. A lot of public strolling along as is their right but would prefer a marshal asking them to keep to one side than having to shout myself. Date of review: March 1, 2015
In short: Tough hill in the first part In full: Great race, very well organized. 3 times a drummer group and a piper on the route. Scenetic views, but don't underestimate the toughj hill at mile 3, but what goes up must come down. Date of review: March 1, 2015
In short: Brilliant organisation and marshals - ridiculously good value In full: Thanet Roadrunners always put on well organised but challenging events. Run by runners for runners. Everything was really slick. Plenty of bottled water stations, really supportive marshals and a very well organised finish with chip timings, quality technical t shirt, great medal and healthy dog bag. There was good medical cover and such supportive marshals at the finish. Brilliant effort Thanet. Been told this was the first race for the race director. One to be proud of. Bit less wind next year please!!! Date of review: March 1, 2015