In short: My first race - a great experience In full: My first 'proper' race during my training for FLM. Everyone very friendly & helpful. Scenery good & roads quiet, hills felt tough at the time. Especially enjoyed the conversations while we waited to start...other people thinking the same as me - bizarre! Date of review: January 29, 2008
In short: The scenery makes it! In full: This is always a friendly race and I'm so impressed at how well the organisers fix the weather every year! Lots of support in the final stages. Loved the little boy handing out the medals and concentrating so hard on saying Well Done! Unlike many others, I prefer the medal! Full marks to Barretts for sponsoring it but I've no passionate desire to advertise for them! Date of review: January 29, 2008
In short: Good, BUT In full: This is the second time I have done this race. Last year I got a longsleeved top which has come in very useful, this year I got a medal which will go in a drawer with the others.
The marshalls out on the course were very supportive, but the start was chaotic, people did not know when we were off.
The Park and Ride was a good idea but nobody was able to tell me where the bus left from on the way back and yet there were signs up on the road back telling you how to get back to the Park and Ride. A nice big one where the bus started from would have been helpful. I asked two marshalls and a policeman who each gave me a different answer and so ended up walking back to the Car Park Date of review: January 28, 2008
In short: Very friendly, a nice route and well marshalled In full: This was my first ever race and I think I chose well. Everyone was very friendly, the route was quite picturesque, if a little tough (the hill at 4 miles was a killer)and the locals came out to cheer us on. An unforgettable day for me and I would definately do it again. Date of review: January 28, 2008
In short: A pleasent enough race. In full: This is pleasently scenic route through some of kent's best countyside. But don't let this lure you into a force sense of security, this is a hard course with 2 very sizeable climbs & a whole host of nasty undulations.
My one concern was that the organisation was not quite as good this year, a hap-hazard start where the starter did not call us forward to the line and a hooter living running not quite sure if the race had started or not! The lack of water supplies at the end of the race was poor. The waterstation operators only had enough water a couple of us mid-field runners, and slower runners were left without. Date of review: January 28, 2008