In short: Excellent well organised friendly race In full: I dragged Mr Tubbs along to this race who, although a keen runner, rarely enters races. Dartford Road Runners be proud! He couldn't find a single thing to moan about as the organisation of this race was excellent. We loved the good quality medals and the mug which was an added bonus. We will return! Date of review: March 26, 2012
In short: Great Mildly Challenging Course In full: My first 10 Mile race since I started running, Happy with a time of 1:08. Great route with some lightly challenging hills to make it interesting. Chip timing would have been nice but understand reasons why this was not possible. Would certainly to this course again in the future. Date of review: March 26, 2012
In short: As efficiently organised as ever In full: This was my 3rd entry seemed easier this time well organised good marshalling and support plenty of water stations just a shame that field was so small it was a bit flat due to other half marathons being run on same day did feel lonely in the lanes but thanks again to dartford road runners for the smooth organisation hope to see this race back to full capacity next year and in jan as it was rescheduled also would like to thank Dave the race organiser for replying personally to my mail a nice touch being local (ish) will always try and support it many thanks Date of review: March 26, 2012
In short: Great, well organised event. In full: This race seemed precision perfect, it ticked all the boxes for me, special mention for all the marshals, who were very supportive and encouraging. It's a good challenging and undulating course. Date of review: March 25, 2012
In short: Good run, well marshalled and enjoyable as well as challenging Good quality medal and a mug! In full: The marshals were great very encouraging even the lady after about 800 yards said well done!! I ran this last year and I don't know if it was the change of date again but the number of runners was well down which made for a "flatter" atmosphere but having said that I achieved a personal best for the distance which I am very pleased about. In closing whoever thought the mug was a good idea was right !! Great little touch Date of review: March 25, 2012
In short: Good challenging course; brilliiantly organised In full: Brilliant race. Just enough hills to make it a challenge. Perfect conditions for running (about 5 degrees). The numbers were a touch low probably largely due to the race being postponed from January.
This race was organised with military precision (had assistance from local air cadets!) - from the car park marshalling, number collection and post race arrangements (water, banana, medal and mug). Pity about no chip timing but that wasnt a big issue for me. There were plenty of marshalls along the route who were brilliant. Not many public supporters/spectators but the marshalls made up for that.
Maybe the last water station with powerade/lucozade would be good.
In short: Local event for me - GREAT support and challenging course (last hill - pheww!) In full: 2nd time for me and a PB of 1.18. Car park very good, facilities excelent, late entry smooth, baggage very good, welcome VERY NICE. Course very well marked out with fantastic marshals full of support and encouragement. Pleanty of water stations. The route includes some of the Dartford Half and I was aware of the hills to come. Although there with my team, SES runners, I went off ahead. Kept a great pace. Due to lack of planning my Ipod was too quiet and I couldn't find the tracks I wanted! Didn't stop on any hills. Great finish line with lots of clappers. LOVE the medal, the mug will come to work with me. Good to have fruit at the end but perhaps a flavoured drink as well as water. I was impressed with the uniform cadets as well - full of support. Thanks to everyone involved, I will be back next year. Date of review: March 25, 2012
In short: Race Director Response to Comments In full: Hi Everyone, thanks for all the positive comments, and also a few good points to pick up for future races. Apologies for not having the chip timing, and thanks for everyones' understanding about this, we fully intend to have it back next year.
I don't like to respond to comments that are matters of opinion (eg: whether the t-shirt and medal were good or naff)...although of course we put all comments into the decision making mix for future years.
However, I do like to respond to technical questions or on points of fact.
- We had water stations at 3.6 and 7.2 (this is a gap of 3.6 miles, not the 5 miles supposed by one correspondent.
- The potential crossing of the road by footbridge at 8 miles in order to run on the pavement that is far more constant on the right hand side was seriously discussed before the 2008 race (my first as RD). A complete novice then (still a relative one now!) I was advised by experienced colleagues, and I quickly came to strongly agree, that the problems and risks associated with crossing the race back over at the top of Green Street Green Rd near the Leigh Academny were far greater than managing the race on left hand side throughout, in spite of the lack of pavement in places and the challenge posed by the Darenth Hill junction. The police are also in agreement with this position. Furthermore it is unlikely that we would be allowed to operate an effective crossing at circa 9.75miles given the impact on traffic in the vicinity of the motorway junction. I note it was a back of the field runner who made this comment, and I think this is understandable, given that the downside of running that section on the left as we do is experienced most severely by those runners who aren't 'protected by the thick of the field' and therefore may be the first runner a motorist sees (albeit a motorist could not get to any of the sections in question without seeing signs and marshalls).
Thanks again to everyone who ran, and for all your helpful comments.