In short: Overall a great race, weather was beaut and the off-road section entertaining! In full: Not for those who don't like mud! Although the race was advertised as flat (hmmmmm!) the hills did add some variety on a generally scenic route! I'd certainly recommend it, even for those not training for a spring marathon! Date of review: February 26, 2006
In short: Great Fun - Well done organisers In full: Three long tough hills and very steep downs at times. Great fun though. No PB's here, but a good challenge. Decent facilities too !! Date of review: February 26, 2006
In short: Well organised and enjoyable race. In full: Got caught up in the bottlenecks before the start trying to stay inside as long as possible and missed the start by three minutes. Other than that I thought it was a terrific route and the hill was thankfully not as daunting as led to believe!!! Managed PB as well but it's only my 6th HM. Date of review: February 26, 2006
In short: PB despite the tricky off road section so I aint complaining ! In full: Some "interesting" terrain that was made all the more "interesting" by the heavy overnight rain! Generally well organised and marshalled through some pleasant countryside. Will be back next year even if not training for London. Thanks 2 all involved. Date of review: February 26, 2006
In short: despite the added length, I found this a friendly and enjoyable race In full: didn't look at my watch after 7 miles, but nevertheless was surprised to reach the finish in a slower time than I'd anticipated. The mystery was soon solved though, as the organisers owned up to an unintentional added extra 0.7 mile. Which means I probably did a pb, which is why I'm not too upset. I found this a really friendly race, with lots of support from marshals and other runners. Date of review: February 26, 2006
In short: Realy enjoyed this one and met a nice bunch of people. In full: This was only my second 10K and I enjoyed this one even more than the previous week in Salisbury. Every competitor seemed nice and freindly & the race had a great atmosphere helped by the professional organisation. My PB was cut by almost 5 minutes (Yahoo!)
The only downpoint to this run was that there was not enough support en route from the general public or marshals. Loads of encouragement at the end though! Apart from that I would do it all again next year! Date of review: February 26, 2006
In short: Well organised, friendly atmosphere, weather OK In full: It tried to sleet at the start, but that soon passed, allowing a pleasant run in the park. It was well marshalled, with a good warm up and a welcoming commentary at the finish. I managed a PB of just under 24 mins (my stopwatch), so was really pleased! Date of review: February 26, 2006
In short: Pity about the weather, but a good race anyway. In full: It was tough going running for six solid miles into the wind and constant rain at 5 degrees, but even so I can't believe some of the moaning in these reviews. The grass/mud section was the same for everyone. There was a danger of slipping and falling over. So what? If you want to be safe, stay at home and watch the tv. The only thing I would say is that the race might have been faster if the grass had been used for the uphill and the footpath for the downhill. Or maybe not. Date of review: February 26, 2006
In short: Tough but well worth it In full: What is it with Tunbridge Wells and snow! Cancelled last year and this time round we had some driving snow flurries (or at least they seemed that way) but pleased to say the race took place! Great marshalls and good encouragement all round, fair amount of spectators too.
Facilities were great, able to go in tot he Sports Hall to keep out of the bitter cold.
The hill at Fordcombe is hard going but get to the top and it is fairly OK after that. Managed to take 2mins off my PB today as well with a 1.24 so, overall, very pleased with the day. Thanks to the organisers for a great race. Date of review: February 26, 2006
In short: Harder work than i expected In full: Off road section was very slippery with a few fallers. Very windy and cool on top of the clif. Overall enjoyable but quite taxing. Date of review: February 26, 2006
In short: well organised fast PB route In full: great running conditions, fast route, plenty of marshalls with a nice mug at the end. New PB by over 4 mins so definitely in the diary for next year Date of review: February 26, 2006
In short: Testing but worth it In full: The start was hectic, many runners were bottle-necked so missed the start (you could tell who had as they flew pass you at about mile 2!). Other than that, a well organised race with great marshalling and support the whole way round Date of review: February 26, 2006
In short: Nice race In full: Nice course, altho I didnt get a PB I did get one of my quickest times and two of my friends did get PB's. Shame the water station wasnt maned well enuf, no water when I got there as the chap was sorting out cups!! Worth well race tho...well done to those involved. Date of review: February 26, 2006
In short: A well organised race, Good atmosphere, scenery nice. Not a P.B course though. In full: A good race which was well marshalled, some very challenging hills which would make it hard to be a P.B. I did enjoy the race, but wasn't to keen on the finshing line being well away from the start line. A tough race though, was a hard one!!! Date of review: February 26, 2006
In short: Again another well organised race. In full: I am probably going to be told that it was almost the same route, however the route seemed to be a bit more away from the traffic this year. It may have been an illusion, but the four mile hill seemed easier this year also.
In short: The Roding Valley 14.1 mile Half Marathon In full: Due to a cock-up by the marchsall & the lead car mile 7-8 was about 1.7 miles (and uphill & into the wind).
In my opinion, once the organisers realised this, the should have instructed all other marshalls (where possible) to let runners know they had ran an extra 0.7 mile, as many didn't have a clue & were left with nothing to run for or push themselves for in the latter stages. Their revised times may come out quite good.
Other than that, which may be handy in prep for London, having ran 14! I wasn't overly impressed.
The course was tricky & hard to get any fluency, constanly having to avoid cars beside you, pulling out of junctions, roadworks, over hanging thorn bushes, the drink stations weren't up to much, there wasn't any marker at the start (that I could see) and no drinks for the last 4 miles or at the finish line was disappointing. Even a small goody bag with something to eat wouldn't have gone a miss.
On the plus side, the support was good, the parking was good & the price was good & being able to enter on the day was excellent & well manned. And there were some gorgeous women running around my pace which made it easier.
But it will always be remembered for the cock up by the marshall & the stretch along by the David Lloyd centre & M11 really needed to be roped off to some degree. It was hard enough to fit one person down it. Date of review: February 26, 2006