In short: Ideal training for New York's marathon In full: Shame on all those runners who like nothing better than to write and complain over the smallest of gripes! Kingston is a flat and scenic course that provides a challenge, and is also a good training opportunity for runners with a bigger goal in mind. Its better than running on your own, the goody bag does have goodies in, and the mug was accepted with gratitude. A big thanks also to the volunteers who were excellent. Date of review: October 15, 2007
In short: Worth the trip, fast course In full: Great organisation, enjoyed it immensely. Thanks to all the organisers and volunteers. Just one thing, would be useful to also have a marker at half-marathon distance so we can measure our time there. Date of review: October 15, 2007
In short: Great run In full: I don't care if I get a mug or a medal so long as I get a memento and that it isn’t a t shirt and at least I can use the mug.
Yesterday was my 2nd 16 mile run after four or five times running the 8 mile course. October is much, much quieter than the April run with 600 runners instead of 2000 for the April run so it was idea for a PB. As ever I found it well marshalled and had no problems with cars on the road parts. The bit between the two roundabouts after Hampton Court Bridge was quite overgrown and would have been a problem if there had been more runners (as in April). Date of review: October 15, 2007
In short: I love that this race is run twice a year (Apr and October) and is local to me. In full: I also love the fact that this is probably one of the longest races you can get without resorting to a marathon. The organisers are even able to switch your racing from 8.2 to 16 on the day. How's that for service?
After you've finished the race the shops are all open so you can get fed and do a little bit of retail therapy to recover. Date of review: October 15, 2007
In short: Flat course, nice location. In full: The start and finish was in a very nice part of the town. The first half of the loop (16 mile) was very scenic and made good running. The second half of the loop was plain old road running and you could be anywhere. The drinks stations were plentifull and well manned by army cadets who were excellent and helpfull. On the downside the price of entry was very steep and the finishers mug at the end was a bit poor and did not distinguish which one of the 2 races you did. Also there was a lack of marshalls at some of the junctions in the second part of the loop which caused a few people v traffic issues. The course was flat as promised, the people very friendly and i would do it again. Date of review: October 15, 2007
In short: Very well organised and scenic for a "London" race In full: Would have preferred a medal given the entry fee. Overaall tho a well organised and friendly event Date of review: October 15, 2007
In short: Good prep for NY marathon in 3 weeks. Fast and Flat In full: Really enjoyed the run. The course was fast and flat and definite pb potential. Good mix of runners. Entry is quite expensive considering you only receive a mug, which doesn't even say what distance you ran!! Though as the course is good and organisation excellent I would do it again as it beats a 16 miler on your own! Date of review: October 15, 2007