In short: Fantastic! In full: A firm favourite of mine. Just to echo, the scenery is glorious, love the early start, gives you the rest of the day, I always forget the hard sections, nice to see the locals out to cheer us on, top drawer medal, well organised and a warm down of, "push the car out of the field" with most of us helping each other, showing that runners have great spirit and sense of humour! Date of review: April 15, 2013
In short: A beautiful if a little testing race Well organised and great fun In full: Organisation was friendly and efficient the HQ was adequate but the race itself is one of the nicest I've done. The Darent Valley is a lovely part of Kent and running through, into and with difficulty out of the valley under the viaduct and past the Eagle sanctuary is wonderful. The second hill adds spice and then it's all downhill and arms out to the finish. The farmer's field for parking did cut up quite quickly but the teamwork and kindness of all the runners and clubs ensured everyone got out reasonably unscathed while the sun shone. Date of review: April 15, 2013
In short: 1st time doing this run, glad I didn't know about the hills or may not have entered! In full: This is a lovely scenic run which gives you something nice to look at. Its a shame it rained all night beforehand as it made parts of the run a bit muddy and slippery. I wasn't prepared for the amount of uphill sections and the hill at 7k really took it out of you although I didn;t stop running! Tough work for a beginner but If you want to feel great about having completed it then go for it as I was really proud of myself afterwards! Date of review: April 15, 2013
In short: Tough but loved it! In full: Really enjoyed this run. Bit muddy in places but that added to the enjoyment. Was pleased to find the hill at 7k didn't seem as big as I'd remembered it! Only downside was the 45 minutes it took to get out of the car park afterwards. Thanks so much to all the runners that gave up their time and helped to push us all out. (Hope you all got out ok in the end!) Date of review: April 14, 2013
In short: Excellent challenging 10k In full: Great 10k. Well organised from beginning to end. An undulating course with some great scenery. The hill at 7k isn't as bad as others make it out, short and sharp would be my description. Fantastic downhill finish. The finishers medal really is quite special, I would say one of the best in my collection!
Only negative was the parking in the rain sodden field which many, many people struggled to get out of. A good work out after a 10 k, pushing cars up muddy hills!
In short: the hills could put off a beginner! Lovely scenery, nice medal and very well organised. In full: Organisers had clearly put in a lot of work and picking up numbers and chips was quick and easy. Course was well marshalled and there was a surprising amount of support around the roads for such a rural course. Shame that last nights rain turned the parking field into a mudbath. Thanks to all the runners and marshalls who kindly stayed behind to push stranded cars out of the mud. Date of review: April 14, 2013
In full: My third time running this event. Well organized and a good mix of abilities. Glad to have knocked four minutes off my PB. But value for money ? No. I very cheap hideous medal this year and no goody bag. Coffee and tea would have been nice. Not exactly sure what you are paying for. All time favourite ? It use to be, shame. Date of review: April 18, 2012
In short: Gorgeous scenery, well organised, stonking hill at 7k! In full: I really enjoyed this event - it was my first time but I now intend to make it a yearly ritual.
It was well organised with very friendly marshalls and volunteers, great support around the course coupled with glorious scenery in the off the beaten track sections.
I was aware that there were a couple of corking hills from friends who have raced the course before but I wasn't sure when to expect them which made for a slightly anxious ("is this THE hill or is that still to come?") run I look forward to running it again next year with a better knowledge of the course.
There was quite a lot of hype about previous medals so I was slightly let down by what I was presented with, it does have a nice picture but it is very very poor quality. Date of review: April 17, 2012