In short: Challenging course but excellent support and organisation to aid getting round In full: This race is a tough one but the scenery, organisation and support all round makes for a great run. I'll definitely be doing it next year. I agree with some of the other comments about the goody bags. I think the problem was with people wanting drink at the finish line. I also have to admit that I didn't help the situation: one finisher looked close to collapsing and he drank his water, I gave him what was left of my water, and I had no option other than to grab another from another goody bag (and not the first one I tried either so assumed others were doing the same). Date of review: February 29, 2012
In short: Over all well managed worth doing In full: Well managed, but is a same that at times you get people trying to cross the road with there dogs or bikes, also anyone that seem to finish after 2hrs had trouble getting a goody bag Date of review: February 29, 2012
In short: 3rd Time In A Row Somehoe Forgot About The Hill In full: Organisation excellent, course challenging and testing leaving a contented feeling when finishing. Overall a favourite race that I would like to do again. Thanks TW Harriers Date of review: February 28, 2012
In short: Another brilliant, well organised event. In full: The course is challenging and pretty unlikely to give negative splits (the 1 mile, big hill is just after the half way point!) It’s very scenic, running through the rural Kent countryside. Beware of the downhill’s too as you can mash your legs up going downhill on the first half of the course, before you even get to the up bit. The organisation has always been a strong point in previous years and I don’t think this year was any different for me. With a bit of planning then the queues for toilets and bag store can be negotiated – it’s a large event and so there are lots of people trying to do the same thing at the same time. (I set of for the loo 45 mins before the start and the bag store 30 mins, which left 15 to get to the start – if you cut it finer then you are asking for trouble.) My medal was handed out by Richard Whitehead (WR holder) and so was a pleasure, particularly with the congratulations and pat on the back even though nearly being sick in front of him! The medal – well, agreed, not the best, but then it goes in a bag never to be seen again so I don’t mind that. The T-shirt is a brilliant technical one that I wear all year round and is far more important. The goodie bag, well, again, can’t ever remember anything worthwhile in these and wouldn’t want money wasted on it, so no great disappointment to me. It is however a shame that water and bags have been reported as running out for others further down the field, but I am sure that is an easy fix.
In short: Challenging for beginner. Disappointed with lack or goody bag at finish. In full: Overall the day was very enjoyable and those hills, even though expected/dreaded, were worse than I thought they'd be. Marshalling seemed spot on, atmosphere a little clubby but maybe that's to be expected. Should I really complain about lack of goody bag and Kelly Holmes not staying at the finish line past the 2 hour mark? Maybe I should just have been a bit quicker than my pedestrian 2:14! Actually yes I think complaints on this are justified. After all without the slower runners, who are mostly beginners in need of encouragement, there'd be no race except an elitist clubby event which made no money. Without the back markers the generous prizes (£1,000) for course record breaking runs, however justified, just wouldn't be feasible. It's the popularity of the event which attracts the sponsors and the top runners. You knew how many had entered the race so next year TWHM organisers please, please recognise that you need the 2 to 3 hour runners more than we need you. Give us a medal from Dame Kelly and the goody bag we've earned. Failing that at least a bottle of water at the end! Date of review: February 28, 2012