In short: A firm favourite. TRAC to be congratulated again for an excellent package. In full: Great organisation, great marshals who are focussed on the job but have time to offer welcome encouragement too. This is one of the highlights of the racing year. Well done Thanet, you even delivered on the weather this year - cold, a bit windy in parts but clear and bright - excellent running weather. Well done all and thank you. Date of review: December 2, 2012
In short: Enjoyable race with some pretty sea views. In full: Very well organised as always. Enjoyed running along the coast. Running out and back - then out and back in the opposite direction (ish) - ensures lots of support at the start/finish area. Lovely shirt at the end. Date of review: March 25, 2012
In short: Its NOT flat, not sure what race others were doing! In full: I really enjoyed it but should have done more research as slowed in the second half due to what seemed like more climbs from the half way mark. Although the start and finish were at the same place so I'd thought 'what goes up must come down' etc. but most of the downhill's seemed to be down to a 'T' junction so you couldn't relax down them, you had to break. Lots of turns so not really PB potentail I'd say. May be not as many toilets but I arrived and started lining up about 45 minutes before the start and wasn't waiting long. If you get in the line not long before the start then what do you expect?? Good race and nice to see the race director at the end and thank him personally. Thanks also to the marshalls!! Date of review: March 8, 2012
In short: A great race - glad to see it back In full: I really enjoyed the race and echo what everybody else has been saying about marshals etc. I am a TRAC member, so I guess I am biased but on a wet and potentially manky day I salute those who were out on the course for over 4 hours, at least us runners were moving about a bit.
On a personal note, I would like to thank Steve from Tunbridge Wells Harriers who ran the race with me and helped me to a PB time I never thought possible. You were great company and kept me going when I was flagging.
Finally, the usual old story, toilets. Experience has taught me that there are two things certain about every race ever organised. (a) folk will moan about toilets (b) folk won't read their race instructions fully. I used the gents near the race start, ten minutes before the start, and was in and out in less than a minute. There were approximately ten ladies outside their loo at that time.
I am TRAC treasurer this year and I was stunned at the cost of portaloo hire. The four at HQ plus a bank of urinals cost £552 to hire including delivery. That is about £1.25 per runner, nearly 10% of your entry fee. Getting the balance right between facilities laid on, goody bag contents, race entry fee etc is very difficult and to be honest I think it was about bang on. Date of review: March 7, 2012
In short: Many thanks an excellent race In full: As usual the first point is to thank the organisers and marshalls for giving their time. The marshalls were very supportive. In my view this is a really great race for Spring marathon preparation, though for me it's best treated as a training run rather than a race. The scenery is highly varied. Overall the course is interesting but pretty flat.
Thanks to TRAC for organising this. The effort put in by clubs like yours is greatly appreciated. Also thanks to whoever decided this was a Kent Grand Prix event. The same again next year please! Date of review: March 6, 2012
In short: gently undulating but fast course - superbly organised race. In full: Thanet have marshals to die for - simply the best. Jelly babies and smiling faces everywhere and race organisation that was phenomenal. Well done to the RD and the support team around him. Great job. Fantastic goodie bag - technical T and medal and food and special offers.... Race HQ in a warm and try school hall. Public bogs across the road as well as portaloos. Parking (free) everywhere. How good does it get... Even the rain held off for most of the race.... Date of review: March 6, 2012
In short: Well organised with very friendly and encouraging marshals In full: Not keen on the new route having to go round the promenade so many times, but a great race all the same. Given the cold and rainy weather the marshals deserve special thanks. Look forward to next year, but more toilets are needed. Date of review: March 6, 2012
In short: Great spring marathon prep In full: Always a good tester before an April marathon. Once youve finished the loops at the start the route is mainly nice and scenic ( although undulating to say the least). Marshalls were great. PLenty of water, and the t shirt plus medal was welcome. Thanks Thanet Date of review: March 6, 2012