In short: Glorious! Well done Thanet Roadrunners! In full: Beautiful day running along by the sea (avoiding the pensioners).
Thanks to the marshalls particularly the ones looking after our cars in the car park - much appreciated.
A really scenic route going out along the cliffs and harbour, through a port with boats bobbing about and into the town. Great goody bag and very organised finish. Well done Thanet! Date of review: March 6, 2006
In short: Fantastic race, pity about the wind In full: Well organised, impressive start/finish area and a good flat course. The wind was just strong enough through the 8 and 9KM markers to spoil my attempt at a PB but in reality I'd spent most of the race trying to work out where 'Gambon' and 'The Follow Through' were anyway. Not sure about chip timing - if you get a chip timed PB it may well be quicker than any other race where you are only gun-timed. Date of review: March 6, 2006
In short: Good training run In full: 25 miles, partly off-road, with navigation thrown in, has got to be good prep for a marathon. I don't think many, if any, were racing; much more of a steady run. I'm not sure how you rate PB potential on a one of a kind course, but if I did it again I'd read the directions more carefully and skip the extra half mile I added at the end! Plenty of snacks all the way round if you like eating on the run, marshalls all friendly - and it only cost a quid. Date of review: March 6, 2006
In short: A great, well organised and friendly race. In full: This was the 2nd year running I have run this race. It was good last year, but seemed better this year. The course is well marshalled and there is an air of friendliness throughout from Herne Hill Harriers volunteers to spectators. This is a good course to run and if you can handle your hills (you have to run the same hill 3 times due to the multiple lap course)then it has definate PB potential. The sprint finish up a hill is a challenge too. Date of review: March 6, 2006
In short: Realised at 6.5 miles that the RW 17, 10 etc use part of the course in reverse, and I was about to climb a hill that it hurt to run down! Made the race a challenge. Date of review: March 6, 2006
In short: Thanks In full: Thanks to the organisers, to the friendly marshalls, and to the members of the public who cheered us on. That hill really isn't as bad as people make out! And I found the Km markers very clear. Date of review: March 6, 2006
In short: Top marks all round to TRR for another exceptional race. In full: A hugely enjoyable race.The course was a distinct improvement on the old one-fantastic coastal scenery and very little traffic.I enjoyed the varied terrain and surroundings (even the urban bits )and the hills made it a great all round challenge.20 miles is the perfect distance:long enough to run at a pace that allows you to "savour" the experience (at least until about mile 17... )but not so long that those ,like me ,whose training is geared towards 10k's and half-marathons will struggle to finish in one piece.Add TRR's usual excellent marshalling and organisation,great cameraderie during and after the race and great facilities and it adds up to one of my all-time favourite races. Date of review: March 6, 2006
In short: Distance Markers definitely iffy In full: This was my first ever 10k so basically thrilled to finish and beat my 55 minute target by 90 secs. All the way round though I thought I was behind schedule - I was running 11 - 11.5 mins per 2km but then the last two were 8.5 mins. I can promise you I wasn't running quicker at that stage!
For a newbie as well, the lack of goodies (esp t shirt - the badge of honour) a turn off. The course was lovely, though, and the marshalling and organisation very good.
In short: Poor pre race communication and admin, race itself ok In full: Received my running number with no joining instructions, no idea even of start location or available car parks. No website to check either. Signposting on the day through town also poor. Race HQ turned out to be ok. Race itself was fine through nice countryside. Quite hilly so no PB potential. Well marshalled. Not a lot of support en route though. Date of review: March 6, 2006