In short: the best organised start I've seen, runners able to spread out quickly. In full: A delightfully challenging route with 2 wonderful receptions in Leigh. Very well organised. A higher standard with the increased capacity giving us total amateurs something to aim for. Thoroughly enjoyed myself! Date of review: October 1, 2012
In short: A first timer who's got the bug! In full: As a local resident of Tonbridge, I love to run along the many back lanes surrounding it so to have an event on my doorstep was a real buzz.
Found the entire event very well organised and marshaled. Many spectators braved the rain to cheer everybody on, which was a real lift. All facilities were top notch also (except the pre-run speeches as the PA was non existent and many of us didn't hear a thing).
Will definitely be doing it again next year but hopefully without carrying a slight injury this time :) Date of review: September 29, 2012
In short: Loved it In full: Incredibly friendly locals who didn't seem to mind standing in the torrential rain cheering, clapping and handing out biscuits. Coming into the village of Leigh was fantastic - felt like a carnival.
Really well organised and lovely scenery (from what I could make out through the drizzle). Fairly hilly but still managed a pb.
A nice touch of Olympian glamour with Kelly Holmes handing out the medals. Date of review: September 28, 2012
In short: Great race! In full: This was a great race. My 2nd time and got a pb!Great amount of toilets at the start and 1 at miles 3,6 and 9. Could maybe have done with 2 at each but I didnt need to go which was good!
Is very hilly but the hills are short and manageable, and always follow with a downhill!
The people of Leigh were amazing! It was absolutely pouring down but there were so many people out who were cheering and clapping like they were your family supporting you. They really helped. The volunteers/marshalls were great too. All really friendly and also clapping and shouting well done etc.
Love this race and will be back again next year. My garmin did measure it to be 13.22 though. Date of review: September 27, 2012
In short: Enjoyable, well-organised race! In full: This was my first half marathon. I was nervous due to the 2011 reviews mentioning that it was very hilly. I loved it though! the ups were followed by some lovely downs and the course was really enjoyable. The marshalls and locals were all friendly despite the weather and it was really well organised. The College was a great base to change and leave bags and getting a medal from Dame Kelly Holmes was an added bonus! Date of review: September 26, 2012
In short: Enjoyed it In full: More room in the college this year, compared to the school last year so that was better. Shame the weather wasn't as nice as last year :) Date of review: September 26, 2012