In short: An excellent race In full: Notwithstanding technical gripes about people wearing headphones (I don't do so but it is pretty common in all races these days, whether or not race regulations say it is prohibited) this is consistently an excellent race each year and really the classic 10 mile race. Excellent scenery, well organised and a course which is testing but interesting and fair. The school is an excellent start and finsih venue and the placing of the start and finish lines (which has moved around a bit in recent years) is now pretty much ideal. Certainly one that I will look forward to running next year, I only hope that we have such good weather. I quite liked the practicality of having a reasonably good quality bag as a momento rather than yet another medal, though I know medals are an essential for some. Date of review: January 28, 2013
In short: Fails to obey BARR regulations In full: Having run this race several times in very different conditions, today was not too exceptional, but to my biggest disappointment of how many runners was allowed to wear head phones. A club of this magnitude must be members of BARR and one of their regulations is that runners SHOULD NOT Run with headphones, especially as this is run on roads open to vehicle movement most of the way round.
I am a Race Director and I know that the running club I am a member of enforces this regulation of no headphones.
I will not run this race again purely because of this violation. Your club should adhere to health and safety regulations, as one runner next to me could not hear us tell her to get over because of the vehicle that was trying to over take us.
In short: No fuss, no frills, but a little pricey for a 10 mile race. Nice route, good support going through the villages and thankfully we could go around the ford, as it was fairly full! In full: My third time at this race and to be honest I only raced today as it was a Club Champs, Kent Champs and Grand Prix race.
I felt it wasn't great value for money and for competing in a 10 mile undulating race personally I like to receive a medal. Whilst the bag may be useful, as a competitive club runner I'm afraid to say I won't be using my red Invicta East Kent branded bag. Had it just read 'Canterbury 10 mile 2013' then of course I would! Date of review: January 27, 2013
In short: A good race to start the year. In full: A good race, only the slightest of inclines throughout. As such it's a fairly quick course. Look out for the potholes. Results are up quickly. Good, safe bag storage and a good sized hall to contain the runners. No medal—if like that sort of thing.
For the first time in running I encountered an excessively aggressive runner. A little v50 tried to physically push me off the course because he was having trouble passing me. To him I'd like to say, don't be so unsporting. Run your own race, and don't interfere with mine. Other than that it's a good race. Date of review: January 27, 2013