In short: good fast course, plenty of support In full: nice race, bit crowded at the start but ok. could have done without the boy racers driving too fast too close to runners! more downhills than uphills by starting at top of hill and finishing at bottom was a nice touch (not that essex has proper hills of course). plenty of supporters-mostly tiny kids in fancy dress with jelly beans, made me smile even at 12miles! nice following the marching band up to the start line. surprised how high i placed in the results, definitely a good one for first time runners i'd say. Date of review: March 13, 2006
In short: Really nice, friendly course. In full: Really enjoyed the flatish course and got a pb. Great support on route. Two way traffic scarey in places! Some beautiful scenery. Date of review: March 13, 2006
In short: Challenging and scenic In full: Pity the weather was only a few degrees better than last year when it was snowed off. It was difficult to get to the start due to a war games convention at the school next door and cars for this event. However I left about 15 mins before the start and was there 3-5 mins before the horn went. On the course everything was fine, even that hill, except a squeeze through the village at the top where too many parked cars plus an ambulance on course made the runners cut to single file. It was a shame to come back to rural Tunbridge Wells after the Kent countryside. Date of review: March 13, 2006
In short: Pleasant race, though the steep hills of the first 6k rule out PBs; departing the parking area was nightmarish In full: Do it for charity, not PBs. And don't schedule anything for the lunchtime following the race, ass it will take you an age to get out of the car park. Having said that, the parking was well-marshalled and arriving was very convenient. But it is a big event, and has the problems of big events. Date of review: March 13, 2006
In short: Monty the Duck says thanks to everyone for your kind donations £210.00 only downside bucket weighed 32 lb slowed me down considerably. Thankyou hastings. Ian Fleming ( Monty the Duck ) Date of review: March 13, 2006
In short: Mentally tough but well organised race In full: This was my first 20 miler, in preparation for my first marathon. Quite a challenge. The laps were appealing the first three times (i.e. knowing what was to come), but by the fourth I was really wanting to finish, especially as what seemed to be well over a third of the field had finished already as I went through the checkpoint! Everyone was very welcoming and friendly and the marshalls and police were very encouraging. (as were the old ladies waiting at the bus stop) Date of review: March 13, 2006
In short: Great Marathon Training Run In full: What a cold day! Race Headquaters was in a pleasant University building - and the T shirts were there!!! Marshalls were magnificent considering the cold conditions. At that entry price, how could anyone not give a maximum score on the value section? Date of review: March 13, 2006
In short: Better in 05 - nice race but very bad organisation at the end In full: 2nd time I have run this and have to say I didn't notice the problems at the end in 05. Nice course but the finish was amateurish and made a mockery of the official finish times. Date of review: March 13, 2006
In short: Hilly and rewarding 10k that needs more spectators ! In full: I enjoyed the 10k race a lot and thought it was well organised although there didn't seeem to be so many marshalls around.
Small bottles of water were a great idea and we didn't have any of the car parking problems we had anticipated which was a very pleasant surprise.
I was expecting a bigger spectating crowd and was a little disappointed by the lack of atmosphere. It was a cold day which may explain that. It was quite overawing at times to see so many commemorations - a moving reminder of why this race was being run.
Thanks to everyone who was involved in organising and marshalling the race. Much appreciated. Especially the marshall at the 7k marker who perked me up by saying there was a good downhill stretch to come! Date of review: March 13, 2006