In short: Pleasant with some challenging hills In full: For the race itself, not much more to add to the reviews already posted. Up and down course, scenic and well organised. Rather humid so not super fast, but compared to the furnace that was last year and the fact it it July, conditions for running weren't too bad!
Only thing I want to add is that unfortunately numbers were well down this year, almost by half. Much of this I think was due to the fact that although he race started at 9am, the earliest train from central London didn't arrive until 8.35am. With a 15-20 minute walk to the start from the station, plus the fact you needed to pick up your race number from the venue, travelling by train would not have been a practical option for most people. I realise that this problem arose from SouthEastern Trains pulling their usual nonsense of never ending weekend engineering works over the summer months and can't be blamed on the race organisers as such. I caught the train last year which had a good crowd of runners on it heading to Dartford. Therefore I can assume that a lot of people would have been put off this year (I don't live too far away so was able to find a bus alternative - took a lot longer though). I'm not sure how much the organisers were aware of this, maybe they knew and I'm just stating the obvious! However if they had been able to push the start back a bit, even if just by 30 minutes then the race would have remained a viable option for a much larger group of people.
In short: Fantastic as usual In full: Yet again, Dartford put on a great event. All staff were fantastic, supportive, encouraging and full of smiles. It was great to see the Scouts and Beavers handing out water. Thanks also to the marshals and the patient vehicle drivers being held at junctions. The course is a challenging one with several hills to test you. Thankfully it wasn't too hot this time but I was glad I took my bladder pack with me. The medal was ok -ish, but good to see that it had the date on it. Perhaps something more that just a banana at the end.
A word of warning - They were strict on headphone use this year. You were warned that they would not be permitted and I did see several officials on the route looking out for, and noting down, AND using their radio to report back to base any offending race numbers. Date of review: July 16, 2014
In short: Big West Yorkshire Welcome ....Great Roger Ingham Commentary ! In full: A splendid way of blowing away those winter blues. Touch course, with plenty of ups & downs, but showcases this Pennine Industrial Town well...Parks are particularly impressive. Wonderful turnout of locals to support & Run. Attractive T Shirt for all finishers. Date of review: July 15, 2014
In short: Quite an Expensive One to Enter......but Organisation Spot On & a Very Rewarding Course. In full: I don't normally like mass participation 10k's, but was impressed by the obvious organisation that had gone into this. Lovely Summer Sunshine added to the occasion and it was good to see all shapes & sizes out for a Run. Definitely worth getting up early & "crossing the border" for ......nice T Shirt too ! Date of review: July 15, 2014
In short: Running Out Over the Bridge couldn't see the shoreline in the mist ......Ran Back in Glourious Sunshine ! In full: A memorable day ......it's like Running the Tyne Bridge ......only longer. Wet & Horrible at the start, which was somewhat chaotic and delayed, which didn't help as we were all soaked to the skin ......16 minute delay. Thereafter a Good Run, well marshalled & some fantastic support from the good people of Humberside, particularly "across the water". Disagree with the comments made about medals on here .....much prefer a decent Technical T Shirt, which we got, rather than just another medal to sit gathering dust. This Run would be spectacular on a glorious Summers Day ! Date of review: July 15, 2014
In short: Finally Broke the 2 hour Barrier, so it's got to be a favourite ! In full: After coming close to going under 2 hours in my last 2 Half Marathons, finally did it on this one......& it's not the easiest of courses, with all them hills ! Proves if you preserver, good times do happen. Really good organisation and friendly Yorkshire welcome, greatly appreciated in the middle of winter......nice T Shirt too. Well done the Marshalls for sticking at it in not the greatest of weather conditions. Date of review: July 15, 2014
In short: Lovely Run on CLOSED ROADS (a rarity nowadays) on a Sunny Sunday Morning. In full: Very nice friendly atmosphere, some good runners at the front but also competitive for the non club runners such as me. Great weather added to the occasion .....and a very nice dayglow souvenir shirt...very "with it !" Great to chat with the 71 year old Veteran Lady who still Runs 3 times a week at the start - here's hoping I have her vitality in 16 years time ! Date of review: July 15, 2014
In short: Great fun and friendly event In full: Really enjoyed this small, friendly event. Well organised, good parking, good facilities, not too large. Start was a bit chaotic trying to get everyone in place and let cars go past. Course is a little challenging - long uphill through Stondon Massey Village and that was straight into the sun. Other than that, no issues. Nice medal, friendly marshalls, nobody taking it too seriously - recommended to beginners like me. Date of review: July 15, 2014
In short: Well organised, friendly enough, nice course. In full: My first 10k. Friendly enough, although a serious race at the front end and a bit lonely at the back. Well organised, good parking. A few more toilets at the start would be welcome. Nice t-shirt for finishers, but no medal. Nice course, rural roads, undulating and some long hills but not too steep. Overall a good event. Date of review: July 15, 2014
In short: Great Atmosphere and well organised In full: This was my first 10k for a long while and I ran it for charity, but it was a nice atmosphere before and during the race. The marshalling was excellent, well organised and encouraging. I would definitely do this race again. Date of review: July 15, 2014
In short: A bit of a shambles with the marshalling. In full: Runners were all over the place and approaching me from all directions at about 8K. Apparently a marshal didn't know how to do the job properly. I went wrong too somehow. All rather useless and there were quite a lot of upset runners. One marshal had their dog lying across the course. Date of review: July 15, 2014
In short: Excellent well organised local race In full: Great to see a local running club and school coming together to offer a quality race. The course isn't flat, it undulates but still PB potential. Road closures and marshals make for a well run event and nice touches that set it apart from more mundane races. Deserved to have more runners for the effort that went into it. Will def do again in the future. Date of review: July 15, 2014