In short: Given the right weather, this has to be a PB course. In full: Teething troubles from 2008 have been ironed out, and this race went superbly in 2009. Although I was brought up in Thorpe Bay, the opening up of some former MOD land meant that I was running somewhere I had never been before. £11 for a course which was closed to traffic with effectively 9 drinks stations is fantastic value, and the medal at the end had been specifically made for the event; I shall definitely be back. Date of review: June 18, 2009
In short: Great race, very well organized In full: The only negative thing of this race was the weather. I liked the course and don't see any reason for those complaints about 2 laps. Frequent refreshment stations supplied with the sponges were very appreciated. Thank you. Date of review: June 18, 2009
In short: Warm but enjoyable run In full: Didn't think I would like the lap circuit particularly with a field of this size - but I rather enjoyed this experience. Good range of running abilities, cheering crowd, handy out of London with the start time and a good day out running along the coast in traffic free bliss. The breeze helped wick away some sweat but the heat did dry you out...which brings me to the water stations - while they were frequent enough and well staffed, the circuit and field size equated to bottle necks on this hot race day. The handlers were a bit crammed together making it hard to spot a free cup and keep from slipping on the empty ones underfoot. Nice easy route and well organised otherwise. Good price, nice medal and for a worthy cause - will be there next year(with my own drink bottle!) Date of review: June 18, 2009
In short: Great atmosphere - excellent all round race for all runners In full: Ive done a few runs this year, and most of them have been "marred" by people who are only interested in their personal performance. This was an excellent combination of a good run for the speedy, and an excellent atmosphere for the not-so-speedy. Wardens had wet sponges and Starburst chews and clapped everyone that passed. Water stations were well positioned and well manned, and the start/finish had a wonderful family inclusive atmosphere... It was great - with one exception...
... A patch of shingle less than 1/2 mile from the finish succeeded in ripping ALL the blisters off my foot, causing untold pain and making those last few steps unbareable... Who's idea was that??? Date of review: June 17, 2009
In short: A good race but just too hot - would be better with an earlier start. In full: Well organised overall - agree with the comments about some of the water stations and very hard to drink out of plastic cups even at walking pace. Sponges very welcome in that heat though - great idea. Queue out of car park a pain but only what you'd expect at a big race. Great marshalls, very encouraging. Hope that all the runners I saw being attended to by the St John Ambulance have recovered. Date of review: June 17, 2009