In short: Flat course, some nice parkland, nice atmosphere In full: The three laps gave the early stages a very repetitive feel but were good for the spectators and hence boosted the atmosphere. No real gripes with the organisation - there weren't loads of toilets, but then queuing for 6 minutes at about 10.05 wasn't THAT bad. Nice to see that the controversial water bottles were Welsh mineral water!
Don't quite understand why gun-to-chip was used rather than chip-to-chip. The souvenir keyring was rather bemusing. Date of review: September 6, 2005
In short: Great organisation-shame about the heat! In full: First of all,Thanet Road Runners deserve great credit for organising a variety of excellent,varied races throughout the year.This year's half marathon was run over a very scenic,coastal course with a hard first half.It wasn't so much the length or gradient of the hills that made it tough,but the sheer number of them!The organisation,race support (marshalling,water stations etc)were excellent and the tee-shirt and goody-bag were great value.The very hot conditions made it much harder and also meant that parts of the course,near the beaches,were busier than I'd expected in September.All in all,highly recommended. Date of review: September 6, 2005
In short: Fantastic public support, good organisation and lots of water stations - made up for slightly boring scenery! In full: The support from the locals was the best of any race I've ever done - I was very grateful to the family offering jelly beans, water and a refreshing hose-pipe!! It was well organised and had a good, friendly atmosphere which made up for the lack of scenery. Date of review: September 6, 2005
In short: The best oragnised race I've ever taken part in! In full: Well done to the organisers. A truly well organised race, and fantastic scenery. I'll be back again for this one. Date of review: September 6, 2005
In short: If its your 1st or 5th, this is a PB challenge worth fighting! In full: pretty scenery, good atmosphere, and even the vilagers came out and waved and clapped. A good run, but slap on the suncream - no shade! Quite hilly, and most who I spoke to didn't get a PB. That said it was my first 10k and though tough, enjoyable and a lot of camaredie between runners. May see it all again next year, and smash my PB! Date of review: September 6, 2005
In short: A very well organised event over a flat course In full: A flat course with PB potential, although the sections on the airfield are very exposed, so the weather conditions would need to be right. Good organisation and efficient results. Good cake stall! Date of review: September 6, 2005
In short: Fantastic first half marathon! In full: Well, 13.1 miles, a bhangra party, some heatstroke and a sighting of Sir Jimmy Saville later, I finally managed to complete the Great Scottish Run. It was a great day - the crowds were fantastic and the experience unforgettable despite the 26ºC temperatures. A particular highlight was the mexican band in Pollock park singing 'Ring of Fire' in Spanish while an octogenarian runner had a wee dance, but the support and entertainment were without flaw. Next year? Go on then!
In short: Great run, but only 9k! In full: Great run - scenery around hampton court was a delight to be around. But the times are completely unreliable - as the course was NOT 10k. The distance between the 8km and 9km took less than a minute to run! I had been running at a 48-minute pace (and checking at each km marker) up until 8km, and lo-and-behold I finished in 43 mins. The other cancer research 10k Races need to be accurately measured! I checked the distance later. Great day, though. Date of review: September 6, 2005
In short: Event was well organised and marshalled and this years reward was more substantial than previous years. Sadly attendance seemed less than previous years, this is probably driven by a hot day, rather than the events quality. Date of review: September 6, 2005
In short: Fast, flat course with very supportive marshalls. In full: Definite PB course, good facilities at school, great marshalls and good water stations. Not exactly inspiring views (around industrial and residential areas), 11am start time too late in Sunday's heat, sign-posting to car park not great. Date of review: September 6, 2005
In short: Flat and fast, but needs more toilets, and properly chip timing. In full: Overall a very enjoyable race, with excellent potential for a PB. Easy to get to and easy to park. The course twists and turns a lot in the first five/six KM but that does mean there is plenty of support for much of the race.
On the flipside, the toilets were far too few in number, the chip timing was gun-to-finish (without even a halfway checkpoint) which to me seems completely pointless. Why spend that amount of money on using chips to not use them properly.
The worst bit though has to be charging £1.50 for bag holding. What's that all about? As if the entry fee wasn't steep enough anyway.
Luckily the pros just outweigh the cons in my book. Date of review: September 6, 2005
In short: Very very hot day and no shade made this 1/2 marathon a real challenge In full: The only dissappointment was that the whole 1/2 marathon course was exposed to the blazing mid-day heat with no shade - unable to achieve a good time but very pleased to reach the end without fainting - will definately do it next year but shall pray for rain. Date of review: September 6, 2005
In short: Ample free parking near to the start; good organisation and a flat fast course. My only gripe would be the £1.50 they charge to look after bags. Apart from that, a very enjoyable race. Date of review: September 6, 2005
In short: This event needs more water stations to suit the weather conditions In full: This event could do with an extra water station as the one at the 6km mark is just that bit too far. When you got to the water station they didn't seem prepared for your arrival i.e bottles unopened,not set out on table(still in boxes) I'll more than likely be back for next year just hope things will get better. Date of review: September 6, 2005