In short: Another superb event from WSR In full: Again the WSR gang manage to pull of an incredible mix, a very friendly and quirky set of races that challenge no reward like no other. This was my first Ultra and the support from all the volunteers and other runners got me round. Finishing this event had me elated, the toughest thing I have done in my life but the finishing line felt oh so sweet! Super views and flawless organisation, this one is truly, truly epic. Date of review: May 25, 2015
In short: Great race, great atmosphere but needs a bit more signage In full: Loved this race. It was well organised at the start, small and friendly. The course was through beautiful countryside and there were tea (in my new mug) and cakes at the finish. Although warned that it might be hard to find our way, I wasn't expecting to get lost on the half marathon route. But did - twice! Some parts of the course could do with more markings. Overall, very enjoyable. Date of review: May 25, 2015
In short: Lovely scenery but perhaps a tad too long In full: This race got a lot of criticism last year and I'm not sure all the issues have been addressed. I stayed with a friend who lives close to the start so I avoided the long queues for baggage and loos. The organisers managed to get all the fast people off in the first wave but the second wave was a mish mash and, as the trails are very narrow in places, it meant there were jams in a few places. Having said that, the course is lovely - lots of flowers, waterfowl and rowers to watch as your run. It was dry so no need for trail shoes, although I did wear mine. There is about a mile of pavement at the turnaround and some paved path in the last mile or so, so it's not 100% trail. I enjoyed the race very much but the disappointing thing for me was that I didn't managed to beat my target time, despite my splits being more than adequate. My Garmin estimated the distance as being a bit over, so it appears that they haven't fixed this since last year. It was still a PB, though. It's a flat course, so the PB potential is there but perhaps not for runners faster and more experienced than I. The medal is nice (and huge) but other than water and a Mars drink, there wasn't anything else at the finish (at least not that I could see) but there were stalls selling refreshments. I would do it again because it's a lovely course. A few more tweaks would make it a great race. Date of review: May 25, 2015
In short: One of the Uks best trail runs - the Kent Weald is very picturesque In full: Wonderful organization , marshals very friendly and supportive and knowledgable telling runners they had competed 6 miles 13.1 miles and how far the next check point would be , really great to get accurate information especially when fatigue kicks in , food and drink and energy items were perfect ! Date of review: May 24, 2015
In short: Murder but 'fun' In full: For the first 3 and a half hours I was thinking 'Ooooh lovely' but then the hills got longer and harder (as they do after that time). The scenery stayed stunningly beautiful and the atmosphere was really friendly (thank you to the nice gents who picked me up after my 'superman' impression). The marshals were all lovely and it was nice chatting to them at the waterstations. Great cake (and TLC) at the 'Loveshack' (wasn't called that but on the lines of), REALLY well signposted and silly comments that made you giggle along the way (or was it hysteria??). Camping= great idea. Loved it, might be ready to do it again in a year's time. Date of review: May 24, 2015
In short: Great community atmosphere In full: Lovely community charity atmosphere. Scenic run. Probably not a pb race due to 1km on sand but well worth doing. Ran out of goodie bags near the end. Date of review: May 24, 2015
In short: Another great race put on by TRAC In full: This is the third time ive done this one. Its something a bit different, on the sand which tests the legs, its wonderfully free just legging it along the sand. Marshals are great cheering all the runners. And this time we got a fabulous original medal - not just one of those generic ones with the runners on the front and a blue ribbon. Oh, and a stick of rock. Yes I thoroughly reccomend this. And its lovely for beginners. Take your packed of baby wipes for being runfresh and spend the day in Broadstairs for lunch. Tiptop. Date of review: May 24, 2015
In short: Tough but beautiful In full: Great race. Very difficult, some brutal hills but scenery makes up for it.
Irrespective of its difficulty, it was very friendly and the marshals were nice and loud. Very happy that. Managed to run the whole way and finished in 1.46. What ever your flat half is, I'd add about 10 minutes.
In short: Very special but very hard work In full: There was a killer hill, If it had been wet I don't know how we would have got up it. The reward was the magnificent view from Wenlock Edge, it was just a shame that we only had a short time up there before the descent to a very muddy section. However, the trails were more runnable than those I'm used to with fewer hazards. Carpets of bluebells, the scent of wild garlic and birdsong everywhere. The drink stations were very welcome and although there was little support as could be expected from an event like this, it was enthusiastic. Possibly the best medal ever! Date of review: May 24, 2015
In short: Really Great Race ???? In full: My first time ion the beach, but now I've done it, would definitely do it again! Hard going on the sand, trying to find the bits that aren't too soft, but a lovely run along the coast. Marshals and organisation were great and a fabulous medal. Would really recommend Date of review: May 23, 2015
In short: Loved it! Well organised and good atmosphere In full: Enjoyed this race from start to finish. Well organised, lots of lovely encouraging marshals around, especially at cross-over points where the 5 and 10k routes split and came back together. Plenty of water stations and even the tree roots that stuck out on the trials were sprayed yellow to make the more visible. Impressed and will definitely be doing this one again! Thank you! Date of review: May 23, 2015