In short: Two hills, one very tough, but worth it for the views! Jaffa cakes were very welcome at the drinks stations! In full: What a race! This was the first 21 mile race I've completed. The organisation was first rate, and we were followed by a marshall on a bike. The weather was kind and it was a fast race. The rolling start worked well for us, although having to stick to paths was a little frustrating at times. Some of the mile markers were out so it didn't feel like 21 miles at all. For a run on my doorstep I couldn't ask for more! Will be back! Date of review: March 29, 2010
In short: Loved it - challenging but friendly. Some minor orgaisation issues. In full: The marshalls were great but there needed to be more of them and the mile markers on the 21 were a bit off at the end ... but all easily forgiveable for what was a challenging but enjoyale race.
Lovely competitors, lovely organisers, lovely hills .... and Jaffa cakes! Date of review: March 28, 2010
In short: nice warm up especially the first hill! In full: (21 mile) A nice marathon training long run, first hill was nasty but after that was ok if a little dull when back on the A20. A few more signs or marshalls on junctions would be nice when up on the downs. Last 'mile' was way off though Date of review: March 28, 2010
In short: most enjoyable In full: couldnt fault most of it , did hear that some signs had been removed but i never went off-course and had 20.85 miles on the garmin at the finish - loved the jelly babies as well ! Date of review: March 28, 2010
In short: Was a good day for a run In full: The first hill was a killer, then some pleasant lanes to get into your stride... great water stops, thanks to the Marshalls and not sure if i was pleased or disapointed that it was 20.5miles. Great training for VLM.. and left on a high. Date of review: March 28, 2010
In short: I thought the race had potential but as i got to 9 miles the course along the busy road got very boring and lonely and a lack of marshalls ended up in me going wrong way !! Date of review: March 28, 2010
In short: Too much alongside the busy A20 for my liking and not enough hills to challenge you. In full: I would only do this again as part of prep for a road marathon as I would have liked some off-road climbs across the beautiful Kent Downs - maybe Pilgrims' Way?
The organisation was good and the marshalls friendly. The hotel was an excellent venue and it was a delight not to have to queue for a portaloo! Date of review: March 28, 2010