In short: Fantastic day!!! Excellent organistion with happy marshalls at every bend. Thanks for the wet sponge just before the monster hills. The sports drink and banana at the end were well received. Great childrens race. Thanks A&FF Date of review: April 12, 2005
In short: A doughnut never tasted so good. In full: Not sure which were hardest - the uphills or the downhills ? Not very steep or long, just continuously doing one or the other, with very little flat bits. Slate coaster was different - better than a boring medal ! Serious runners - bring your GPS watch, as the only marker is for the last mile. Turn up at least one hour in advance, or you'll find parking difficult. Nice place for you to turn up early to. Date of review: April 11, 2005
In short: excellent scenery adn some really challenging hills. Bit disappointed that there weren't more marshals at the busy road junctions as none of the roads were shut Date of review: April 11, 2005
In short: Excellent race indeed. And bring the family - the kids will love having a go on the RNLI lifeboat... In full: This is a terrible race for those for like to have a good old fashion British moan - I'm trying so hard to think of something negative, but can't...
The Atlantic College campus and St Donats Castle is a special place - any excuse to visit should be leapt upon (how comes I never got to go to a college like this ?!)
The fact there is also a great 10k race on the day, organised and supported by people passionate about the sport is a bonus
Accurate mile markers, well organised, nice vest to all finishers great for the summer hols, excellent VFM etc. Even though it does'nt look like a PB course (undulating, sea breezes) it clearly IS judging by my own and other's experiences.
Leave time after the race to wonder around the place, admire the fine views, take in (but don't take home..) the 16th century (?) stone work, cool down with a pint, chill with some fine live jazz, eat and enjoy some organic carrot cake, lounge in the pool with fellow forumites whilst at the same time doing a spot of whale watching. But don't wear Speedos - "bad karma" ?!
In short: What a lovely way to spend a Sunday morning In full: Am a local girl but have never been round Eynsford and Farningham - how lovely are they - very picturesque. Legs still aching a little from that last, unsuspecting, hill! Will definitely be there again next year. Date of review: April 11, 2005
In short: Great for 1st Time In full: My first ever race over any distance! Really enjoyed it, even the hill! People very friendly on the whole and the organisation was excellent. The only let-down was waiting in line for the engraving - I had to get my medal engraved, it was my first race - which took longer than the actual race! Date of review: April 11, 2005
In short: Lovely scenery, nice mix of up and down hill sections and well marshalled In full: Decided on the morning to get out and support a local race, very glad I did... Cracking race through pretty villages on nice quiet roads, and all done by 9.15... Lovely way to spend the early part of a sunday morning Date of review: April 11, 2005
In short: Really enjoyed this, despite the hill that seemed endless (twice!) In full: My only slight complaint was the rather crowded HQ, as there was no main hall to congregate in, and everyone seemed to mill around outside. Not sure how easy that would have been if it had rained. But I thought the course was good - the hill that went on for a km was a challenge, especially the second time round. But what goes up must come down, and I enjoyed stretching it out on the downhill bits. And I got a PB by more than 2 minutes, so must have been OK! Date of review: April 11, 2005
In short: Very,very quick. In full: The race is run on totally flat closed concrete roads on the ouskirts of Basildon.This means it is definitely not scenic,but is extremely fast (I broke my PB,which had stood since 1999).The race deserves more support-the organisation was good,the atmosphere relaxed and friendly,the race HQ was in a pleasant park and the facilities (showers,changing etc)were excellent.There were also some extremely generous spot-prizes.Above all though,it must be the fastest course I've run in 10 years of racing-so if you want a confidence-boosting time,this is a must. Date of review: April 11, 2005