In short: Nice run on country lanes, well organised, quick course despite the hill In full: Well organised, plenty of parking, one longish hill - about 1k but a speedy fast downhill afterwards makes it a good fast course Date of review: July 8, 2005
In short: Excellent organisation and good support on the last few miles through town. Learnt not to stand near to mascots at the start of a race after being repeatedly hit round the head by Sammy's antlers! Date of review: July 8, 2005
In short: Tough race but very scenic. In full: This is a hilly race through beautiful Kent countryside near Canterbury. The race is along quiet country lanes, so traffic is absolutely minimal. Well marshalled and with good parking facilities although these are a little way from the start. The start is a little way from the Red Lion pub itself, so be sure to get there in time! The route is undulating overall with a substantial hill between 5K and 6K and a killer hill up to the finish (last 500 metres). Don't expect a PB on this course. 2004 was very hot, and previous years have also been on the warm side. Drinks stations were well placed and stocked. Date of review: July 8, 2005
In short: over priced and over hyped. my first marathon and i really enjoyed the run but can't help thinking that the event could have been so much better. no slight on the volunteeers who were cheerful and committed. In full: Enjoyed my first marathon but felt a bit let down by the event organisers.
I counted 11 toilets at the start and barely saw one on the way round. Felt really sorry for people caught short (esp. ladies).
The whole event was overhyped in my view. The expo was small and of negligible interest. I thought the starting line up was going to be around 10,000 - perhaps just as well that it wasn't as getting to the right time-band at the start was somewhat difficult/impossible.
Edinburgh is a beautiful city but from mile 3 ish onward we seemed to be running down through streets and pathways, hemmed in a bit with no view or interesting features. The waterfront however was nice once we had got to it. I would just like to have seen a bit more of the bweautiful city.
A big thanks to the people who set up the water sprinklers outside their houses at around mile 24. Much appreciated. Water stops well manned byut a little too infrequent for me. Only saw one vaseline stop but thakfully it came at the right time!
Nice medal and t-shirt but £39..... come one, you can rent a lot of portaloos with that type of entry fee.
Having had that rant, a big thanks to all the volunteers who manned the event. You did great, I just think that the organisers need to beef things up for next year. Date of review: July 8, 2005
In short: Nice course, friendly, In full: Memento + bottle of beer at the end (even for those entering on the day); more downhill than up. Well supported by the village, even in the rain. Agree mile markers weren't good this year. I'll be back. Date of review: July 8, 2005
In short: Fast, friendly and well organised In full: Decided to do this on the spur of the moment since I was working in the area away from home. I'm glad I did and would probably do it again if I was in the area again. Nice to run somewhere less hilly for a change and picked up a PB by doing so. Date of review: July 8, 2005
In short: Good village atmosphere and support. Nice glass as a memento. In full: It was a great shame that rain fell throughout the race. Proper mile markers would have been good. Date of review: July 8, 2005
In short: Brilliant race Brilliant atmosphere In full: My 2nd of the race series and as ever it is such a well organised and friendly event, the marshalls are all very encouraging and I would recommend this event to any one. I even managed to get a pb!! After sundays British 10K in London this proves that so called smaller events can out strip major ones...keep up the good work. Date of review: July 7, 2005
In short: A challenging but enjoyable run. In full: A sprint start from the clocktower down the High Street for position before the route narrowed. Then a nice peaceful stretch of road for a mile or so before the real tough stuff up to Chanctonbury - that 3rd mile took me more than 2 and a half minutes longer than any other mile on the course ! Spectacular views on the South Downs Way before plunging back into the woods and no space to overtake for a while. Then a quad-crunching and scary descent back to Steyning (worse than the uphill in my opinion!) and a last stagger across the cricket field to cheers from the crowds at the finish. Hard work, but definitely worth it. Well-organised and expertly marshalled. See you next year ! Date of review: July 7, 2005