In short: Excellent race In full: My 6th marathon and a 32 minute pb. Couldn't fault the race, it ran like clockwork including the park and ride. Great support with even the vicar cheering us on. I will be back next year! Date of review: October 11, 2015
In short: Nice friendly race with great organisation In full: Everything about this race was really good to be honest. We arrived about an hour before the start and parked two minutes walk from the Julie Rose stadium in the designated car park. Collecting race numbers was easy and it was nice to be able to do some laps of the track before the start of the race. I liked the velcro strap with the chip attached, very easy to put on.
We all gathered on the track and seemed to be sufficiently spaced out. The race began, and after about 100m on the track we were out on the local roads (which were all closed to traffic). Support from both the marshals and the local supporters was absolutely fantastic throughout. On returning to the track we had about 300m to run to the finish. This gives family and friends the chance to watch from inside the stadium and allows a final push to the line.
I had a really great day and managed to run a pb, even though the course wasn't as flat as I remember from four years ago. Thank you to everyone involved with the organisation. I'd love to come back in the future. Date of review: October 11, 2015
In short: Bargain inaugural marathon around Kingston In full: I choose this as an end of season marathon because it was relatively cheap, close to home, and I knew that the route would be relatively flat. It was easy to park close to the start and the organisation of the race was good. Weather conditions were close to perfect and this probably helped in achieving a PB. The course consisted of 3 loops that were relatively flat. Although it was scenic by the river, the rest of the course was along big roads, and this involved crossing a few junctions. I think that as this was a new distance, the number of people running the marathon distance was relatively small (<200).Because of this, there were large sections of the race where I was running by myself. Most of the crowd support was around Kingston, but outside of the town it was sparse. The course marshals were friendly and the 3 loops meant that there were enough water stations. Overall I enjoyed this and would do it again! Date of review: October 11, 2015
In short: Closed-roads racing around Ashford In full: Racing on closed roads through the streets of Ashford. Well organised, and with a good variety of extra touches. Well marshalled and very easy to get to from the M20, with parking organised. Lots of locals out on the street giving encouragement too.
A comparatively large field for a local race (This year around 700) means there can be a bit of a logjam at the start, but nothing to be too concerned about.
The course is quite undulating, although not steep. Starts and finishes in the Julie Rose stadium, with the finish taking in about half a lap of the track.
Will definitely consider this one for next year. Date of review: October 11, 2015
In short: Very tough race, don't think you can run it with good training! In full: Very demanding course, few very steep hills, half Tarmac, half off road, great sense of achievement at the end, a bit over 48 mins on this track I am very happy with!
Well worth doing! Date of review: October 11, 2015
In short: Long steep climb but worth the view! In full: First time taking part but there was a friendly atmosphere. Long and steep climb to the top of the South Down's but we'll worth the view when you get there. All downhill after that, fairly quiet and peaceful running along cycle paths and flint tracks back into the city. Would definitely recommend as a good but enjoyable challenge! Date of review: October 11, 2015
In short: Small, friendly race, in a beautiful park, with brilliant organisation and lots of very encouraging marshals - my first 10k race and I will be running it next year for sure. Date of review: October 10, 2015
In short: Heaven for a first time runner, cheers all the way round, first rate organisation. A positive and uplifting race that leaves you smiling long after the race is all over. Date of review: October 10, 2015
In short: Small & friendly but challenging In full: Lets get the 2 bad things over with first. 1)The hill 2)Knowing you will meet that hill again another 20 times! Other than that it is great - very small and friendly, with attention to detail (someone asked for tea at the next aid station and it was ready by the time they got there!) and really good value. medal, t-shirt, goodies. The start time also makes it easy to get to by public transport as well, which is always welcome. Yes it can be a bit pysochologically hard, but it is certainly worth the effort. Date of review: October 10, 2015