In short: Very good - improved from last year In full: I was maybe a little harsh on this race last year. I really struggled with the hills and thought that the marshalling on the roads, in particular, was on the light side.
No such issues this year. In spite of the rain, I found the course easier (albeit still challenging), probably because I was forewarned. The marshalling on the course was much better and the number of volunteers, both young and not so young was absolutely tremendous, as was the support in Leigh. Well done all. K college was great, lots of loos & changing areas and a nice cafe. Very welcoming. Getting a medal from Kelly is always a highlight - she is a real trooper. Only (very minor quibble) would be the goodie bag at the end, but that often seems to be the case these days - must be a recession on or something!
In short: Excellent event, well organised - and hilly! In full: Great event. I did the 2011 race and while that was good, the organisers took on board many of the comments made last year and there were many improvements this year. Good race village, which was warm and had lots of space, esp slick organisation in the baggage room - rather impressed by the lady calling out the numbers as you walked in so they could find your bag more quickly!! Great support I thought, especially in Leigh. More support in fact than last year, much appreciated especially considering the weather and that much of the route is on country lanes i.e. not outside people's houses and not easily accessible given the roads are shut. Very good event overall. Date of review: September 24, 2012
In short: Well done to all for a superbly organised half marathon In full: First time for this race and first impressions from West Kent College race HQ were superb. A great location with warm, indoor, areas for changing, warm-up, drinks etc., and very friendly and efficient bag storage - special praise to the lady who looked at race numbers on your vest and directed you left or right to the drop-off area!
This also has to be the first race I have ever been to that had too many loos - no queues! It threw my pre-race build up - felt I had to form a line somewhere for that authentic build-up!!
Course was quite a challenge with lots of hills but all fairly tame - my Garmin registered it as more a series of bumps than hills! Weather turned out OK for a race in the end but felt for the supporters and marshalls who were all brilliant.
Someone else mentioned the markers - I also noticed the half way point was far too early and the last mile seemed a bit long. I registered 13.22m for the course.
Great to see Kaddy Lee Preston and Dame Kelly who was, as always, fantastic and stood in the rain for ages putting medals over the heads of so many very wet (sweaty!) runners!
In summary, superb location, organisation, facilities, marshalls... I could go on. Brilliant. Date of review: September 24, 2012
In short: Excellent facilities and great organisation and a medal from Dame Kelly Holmes. Challenging in parts due to hills. Will become a regular on the clendar for me. Date of review: September 24, 2012
In short: Well organised,lots of parking,great support (especially in Leigh/Tonbridge) and very nice medal given out by Dame Kelly Holmes In full: Organisation was very good from,race packs and info to parking and starting.Good facilities in K college so plenty of areas to warm up and lots of toilets plus good bag storage.Start area on Brook street was fine and most runners seemed to be in correct time areas. Exceptional support through Tonbridge outskirts and leigh with church bells and brass band playing which was very nice to hear. Wet weather conditions made race very challenging plus up and down nature of route which i personally found as tough as sister race in Tunbridge Wells but well worth it with quality medal given out by Dame Kelly at the finish.Would recommend and probably have another crack at it next year. Date of review: September 24, 2012
In short: Leigh village and Kelly make it great! In full: superb race i found the hills a great challenge, Leigh village support truly outstanding BUT sad to report my timing chip/coil in vest number failed to trip the timing mat so i have had to email organisers for a guesstimate from hand written records (A BIG FAIL)worth the trip just to meet Kelly though!... Rick Ryder Thanet Road Runners 1269 Date of review: September 24, 2012