In short: Excellent organisation and cheerful marshalls in dreadful weather In full: A well organised race, with useful HQ - plenty of space before and after the race with seamless bag drop/collect. On the day I was half hoping that the race was going to be cancelled, but so pleased that it wasn't and that I turned up - the weather always adds to the camaraderie at the start. After a while you didn't notice the rain, but were reminded about just how wet it was with the 3 or 4 full width puddles across the road. Despite that, and the hill, I still managed a PB. A big thank you to the splendid volunteers, the drummers, the cheerleaders and all the loyal spectators around the course. I got a bit confused in the water/fruit/goody bag collection area, but nothing too much to worry about. If we can work on cheering up the angry-looking drivers around the course it'll be perfect! Date of review: February 28, 2010
In short: awsome race and well organized , shame about the rain In full: brilliant half well organized and a good course the hill was a nice challenge, and the pace makers were good for a pb overall 100% i will be doing it again Date of review: February 28, 2010
In short: One word for the Race and Marshalling - FLAWLESS! In full: Seriously, the marshalling on this race and the organisation were second to none! I got there really early and the marshalls (already in place) were soaked, but beaming and really friendly.
There was gusty winds, torrential rain, roads like rivers and floods. So did that make it a bad race? NO!
There were hills and more hills. So did that make it a bad race? NO!
Us runners were soaked, but the marshalls were out there for a hell of a lot longer and a more cheery bunch you will never meet.
The hills and the conditions were tough and although I did manage a big PB, I think it is more down to not doing a half for a while than the course.
Plenty of drinks stations and superb organisation, from the leaflet in the entrance pack all the way to designated areas on the course for used bottles.
The band and some cheerleaders too, all finished off with a nice t-shirt and a medal!
In short: was a run or swim? In full: Had a quick look at the website at 7am to see that the race was going ahead so drove to Tunbridge Wells with the rain beating down.
A big thanks to all that organised this and marshalled in the torrential rain, so many nice touches, the drummers, cheerleaders, motivating marshalls, even the bag drop worked like a dream. When waiting to get my back at the end, it was given to me before I got to the table, fantastic. A big thanks also to all the supporters around the course giving out Jelly Babies or playing Eye of the Tiger on their car stereo
It was certainly wet out there and i can only agree with the earlier comment about running through a couple of streams at times.
I improved my PB by over 10 mins so am a very happy boy
In short: This is a great race, despite the killer hill between 6 and 7! In full: Great to see such good support in truly dreadful weather. Great marshalls. The drummers were a fab touch too. My third running of this race and definitely not my last! Date of review: February 28, 2010
In short: Outstanding organisation, in the most difficult weather conditions a road race could ever be run in. The marhshals who turned out to help in the driving rain and blustery wind get my complete admiration and gratitude. In full: It was not easy out there: driving rain, strong wind, and vast areas of standing water which meant we were literally running through streams at various points. The first vote of thanks goes to the organisers for having the guts to go ahead with the race, despite the terrible forecast. The second, and greatest, vote of thanks goes to the hundreds of marshals, who were unfailingly cheerful and supportive, given the conditions. There was extraordinary altruism on display today, and the volunteers deserve enormous praise and recognition. Organisation was flawless, and the course is lovely and challenging. Thank you all so much! Date of review: February 28, 2010