In short: Nice scenery, shame about facilities! In full: No changing facilities, showers, etc., made this a most unpleasant experience post-race, especially for those of us that travelled from London. Whilst I agree that it is a lovely place to run and the course with the two 'challenging' hills definately woke you up and got you working, a race is about facilities as much as the terrain and to be frank, I would rather run in a less inspiring environment with some form of changing/shower facilities than some posh bloke's garden with sod all facilities! Oh yes, and a £1 for an instant coffee, whats all that about?! Definately not coming back! Date of review: February 6, 2006
In short: PB in glorious weather - bring on the hills! In full: I could not fail to enjoy this race in glorious February weather. Conditions were perfect, the pace was quick and the hills were nowhere near as bad as billed in previous reviews. Good spirit on route - we even joked about having a pint as we went past one scenic village boozer! Just one slight niggle - the water stations could have been better organised.
In short: Enough hills to keep you honest, save some energy for the final climb In full: I noticed the hills more this year, more of them seemed to slope upwards. Was overtaken by a saddled but riderless galloping horse at mile 6, with a car in hot pursuit. Can't remember any other race laying on such a diverting and alarming feature. Date of review: February 6, 2006
In short: Starting to suffer from its popularity sadly! In full: A lovely if somewhat challenging course with good organisation BUT - there were loads too many people mid-pack leading to some of us having to queue for over FOUR minutes to get over a stile!! AND it was a pity to have to stop at some of the road crossings. These two set-backs lead me to think that if I do ever run this again, I will only do it as a training run. Good training run though!! Date of review: February 6, 2006
In short: Very friendly with nice scenery and a great downhill finish. In full: Very crowded start into a narrow lane coupled with a hill at 7km scuppered my PB ambitions. But very friendly with lots of opportunity to chat on the run and pretty fields all around. I liked the slate coaster memento, but didn't see the point of the powdered soup packet... Date of review: February 6, 2006
In short: Weather great, ran a PB & everyone friendly In full: Excellent course, well marshalled, pretty quick(partly because finish is well downhill from the start) so excellent PB potential. Everyone friendly & had my name & number called as I crossed the line (nice touch). Entered on line & confirmation email said about collecting race number on the day, and the Ashford Runners website had all the information. Only my 3rd race & I,ll be back next year Date of review: February 6, 2006