In short: A bit of a mixed bag! In full: The incorrect distance was a disappointment at the time, but most people - well those sticking to split times - realised something was amiss and just got on with it. Top marks to David Hollingworth for then going to the hassle of recalculating correct times. Although the course is run through rather dull suburbia, the hills and variety of different roads kept it fairly interesting. Quite dangerous in parts though - particularly when a dog escaped from its owner's clutches and chased three runners for about a mile - as the course isn't traffic-free and most drivers weren't very considerate. All in all a fairly good race, but you would expect a little more from a club of the calibre of WG&EL. Date of review: February 27, 2006
In short: Challenging route, but made enjoyable by the scenery! In full: It was my first half marathon, but certainly won’t be my last. It was great to have use of the sports centre, which was a welcome shelter from the cold. The hills were a killer, but when the sleet/hail started, I really began to wonder why I wasn’t spending Sunday morning under the duvet! Thanks to the marshals and organisers for what was an very enjoyable & well organised race. Date of review: February 27, 2006
In short: not a stereo-typical 1/2, but very good In full: First race for 3 years and one of the hardest. impossible to get a PB, however a great mix of terrain, and a few light hearted moments watching people misjuding the tracks. Wasn't impressed with the motorists that decided to have a chat completly blocking the track at about 4 miles, so a few choice words were barked out. Great finish in the stadium though. Date of review: February 27, 2006
In short: cold windy In full: already been said about the start line but ive no sympathy for the people who missed the the start klaxon,I was in the hall and heard over the tannoy on several occasions that people should start leaving at 9 45.I wish people would listen!!!. Date of review: February 27, 2006
In short: A challenge for the beginner In full: I enjoyed this race ... not sure exactly why. Maybe for several reasons. It was my first half marathon so I was a bit nervous, but I found the first half every bit of what I expected on a cold windy day at the seaside. Down to Hove it was easy then at the turn it was a bit of a shock at the extra effort required to make it back to town. At the halfway point near the start it got tougher as we started going up the hill with no clear idea of where we were going. Mile markers were infrequent if they existed at all, and a putrid fizzy drink was being distributed - OK it was free, but not my cup of tea. Eventually the peak of the climb was in sight, an italian style hairpin turn, but just after that horror of horrors there was a grassy downhill stretch for a couple of miles which had turned into slippery mud. This was daunting to say the least, and the race went from being tough to gruelling trying to keep a footing with achilles tendon bent to an angle of 45 degrees. One big bloke in front went over and hit the fence at the cliff top fortunately it held, and this led to a chorus of "you alright mate?". This wasn't running it was downhill slalom without ski's, and it was just a tad dangerous. Eventually down on the sea-front again feeling glad to be alive I could see the finish in sight, but again had no idea how far away. So I kicked in with my olympic finish to find the blob in the distance had not got bigger. However my oxygen deficit had gone into a serious overdraft so I slowed, and cruised in to hear the announcer waffling on about the Hastings half marathon coming up. Another sea front race - I think I'll give that one a miss! Could have done with a few wags out marshalling, but they had a miserable time in the conditions. What was Chris Eubank doing that morning? There were pedestrians with pushchairs & dogs on the course - is that normal? Mile markers were few, but I really enjoyed it, and found it very exhilirating. I haven't had as much fun since Brecon Beacons! Date of review: February 27, 2006
In short: Do it again but please change chip system In full: Great race - organisation excellent and too busy looking at tarmac to notice scenery BUT what about the chip timing - I had finished for over three minutes when some little chap came up with a scanner to take my time! Having achieved much trained for sub 60 mins was not happy to see result on web site. Could we have mat to mat again next year? Date of review: February 27, 2006
In short: A really good scenic race. To maximise enjoyment, turn up on time and make sure you've done some hill training! In full: This was my second TW Half, and I hope to be back for more. The course offers a good challenge, and the hill certainly focuses the mind! Quite a few people have been moaning about the starting arrangements - but as with any race - if you've not made an effort to be at the startline 10 minutes before the gun then you only have yourself to blame. Date of review: February 27, 2006
In short: Freezing wind but worth it just for the medal! In full: Cold windy weather kept a lot of the spectators away (in the shops maybe?!), but still felt welcoming, including the hardy few who stayed to cheer in the last runner! The out and back bit made me run a little faster when I spotted a greying, wizened elderly gent running for home as I was still heading for the turn-round point! Achieved my target time with 11seconds to spare, so can't complain!
The medal is gorgeous - the best one in my collection, and well worth the effort! Date of review: February 27, 2006
In short: Beast of a hill and a killer wind. Support and marshalling was excellent. In full: I enjoyed the race despite the bitter wind as we ran along the sea front. The marshalls were excellent and supportive.
What happened to the mile markers though?! Date of review: February 27, 2006
In short: Oh the paid In full: Although I hurt in places I did not know it was possible to ache I do feel more than a bit elated
Great fun and superbly marshalled: thanks to each and every one of them.
If it was cold running about then it must have been freezing running about
I was actually gald of the wait for the stile at the top of the second hill because it give me a chance to get my second wind and take comfort from the fact I was at the top of the hill and there were other runners who still had to climb it
Will be back: bring it on!!!!!!!! Date of review: February 27, 2006
In short: good day out got pb In full: great race but just 1 little moan,the beginning of the race was a bit crammed with the corner and the narrow lower promenade it took a mile or so to get going but otherwise a good day Date of review: February 27, 2006
In short: A good,all- round half that's definitely worth doing. In full: Firstly,I must add my thanks and appreciation to all the marshalls.They remained cheerful and encouraging to the end, in absolutely foul weather and were a credit to Deal Tri.The race was good all-round.A challenging,scenic course with easy access to the race headquarters and plenty of parking.Considering the weather and the time of year,there was good support along most of the route,although there seemed to be more traffic this year (a sign of the times,unfortunately).Quick results afterwards and very welcome hot refreshments too. Date of review: February 27, 2006