In short: Ideal as preparartion for the FLM, but the steep hill around mile 7 will not do much for your personal best time. Great countryside and the organisation was good - loads of marshalls in all the right places. In full: Ideal as preparartion for the FLM, but the steep hill around mile 7 will not do much for your personal best. Great countryside and the organisation was good - loads of marshalls in all the right places. Couple of grumbles - no goodie bag at all ... but it is a club organised event so perhaps I shouldn't expect the world (nice medal though!). And the water stops .... how does anyone get enough liquid from those cups? But generally - well done TWH for a great morning.
In short: Tough - but I got a PB! In full: My second time doing this race - first time in 2004. Organisation has improved with pens at the start indicating finishing time. Not sure about trudging up the main road though. A really tough course - but I still smashed my PB by over 2 minutes. I'll be back. Date of review: February 26, 2007
In short: What a hill In full: but nearly got a pb. Marshalls were excellent, the scenery was lovely and Kelly Holmes was a bonus. The only thumbs down were the lack of free refreshments at the end other than water. Had to hobble back to the car for some money (had a huge blister). Date of review: February 26, 2007
In short: Well organised, well marshalled and challenging race. In full: Enoyable, friendly race with a tough hill between 6 and 8 miles. Good humoured marshalls at every road junction and water stations well spaced. Date of review: February 26, 2007
In short: One of the best halfs in Kent-not as tough as it's reputation suggests ! In full: Scenery : In places,absolutely stunning views of the surrounding countryside.In other places,suburban streets.Nicely varied and never gets boring. PB Potential:Despite its reputation,it's a quick course-as is borne out by the course record of c.65 minutes.Spring Hill is tough-it goes on for a long time-but it's never steep enough to be an absolute killer (the hill at the end of the Folkestone Half is,imho,far worse).Most of the course is either flat or downhill and I thought the hardest part was the last 2-3 miles,with the slippery cobbles and pedestrians making it hard to maintain a steady pace.
Atmosphere:Extra point for Dame Kelly.Good crowd support,especially at the top of Spring Hill and a genuine "big race" feel.
Organisation:Top marks.Plenty of toilets,loads of efficient marshalls and water stations.Exceptionally well organised at the start-pens in 5 minute time bands worked very well,plus chip timing that actually worked and results within 1 hour of the finish.
Value:Great medal and the standard of organisation and attention to detail meant we got full value for our money.
Beginner-friendliness:Plenty of support for the slower runners and the size of the field means you'll never be on your own.Great choice for beginners,as long as you've put in the training-it's not a course to be taken lightly.
Overall:Great half marathon.Very varied,well-organised and challenging but with a real chance of a quick time. Date of review: February 25, 2007
In short: Great day. I spoke to Kelly Holmes....what a goddess. Well done. Good support. One uphill challenge but loads of downhill mellow periods. Nice. In full: 'Ellwood' obviously at different event to me. I saw good planning and excellent event. Only one real climb and local support there excellent. As for traffic, what's wrong with you?? A few cars in a town? Get real. I had a great day....and bowed to Dame Kelly Holmes in the 'We're not worthy' fashion. Top drawer. Date of review: February 25, 2007