In short: varied scenery and terrain with some tough lengthy climbs! In full: A large field and very well organised. Encouraging marshals and a kitbag that is neither use nor ornament! The only let down of a pleasant race. Surely a medal or a t-shirt? Or a bag that fits more than a pair of socks and a shower gel?! Date of review: January 17, 2010
In short: Good stewarding, great weather, not sure about the bag In full: Apprehensive after reading reviews from previous years but a nice challenging race. Hills probably weren't as bad as I thought. A bit dicey on the roads at times but I thought the marshalls were some of the best I have known running locally so thanks and well done I do like my medals so a bit disappointed with the bag Date of review: January 17, 2010
In short: Ay Caramba! Here's a great ice breaker, The Dartford 10 miles. In full: If you are looking for a race to test drive your legs look no further: THIS IS THE ONE.
The Dartford 10 miles, also referred to as Les Witton Memorial 10 miles, is situated in the garden of Ken â€“ I mean the garden of Kent! The good news was that this race had the good old English CHIP TIMING.
The long and short is that Dartford is a tough 10 mile race and has a few nasty hills from 2Â½ up to the 5th/ 6th mile and one ghastly hill at the finish. This race will help face those demons, and to keep you on your toes. Muhammad Aliâ€™s famous words sums it up well when he said you â€œfloat like a butterfly and sting like a beeâ€. Thatâ€™s right Champ, on the flat you were floating gracefully but for those Kilimanjaro hills, especially the last hill, the pain was so much it put a sting in your tail, err your legs.
Runners World â€˜I am truly blessedâ€™ to run such wonderful races. Oooh â€˜If you donâ€™t know me by nowâ€™, Iâ€™m that female runner with the dodgy groins who runs marathons in 6 hours, and thinks she knows the best races in the Country!
Thanks to the lady for finding my car keys â€“ I was putting on my chip timing and it just disappeared. I loved the last 4 Marshals near the finish. The young Girl and 2 Males and Mr Chatty at the finish. Youâ€™re all hired!
Just one minor gripe, I am disappointed with the colour white for a one strap ruck sack, when thereâ€™s so many colours in the world!! Here is a suggestion could the chip timing be posted to the runners with their numbers???
Iâ€™m a bit surprised that Dartford 10 did not make it to the top 50 UK Best Races for 2009, you got 74 ratings and thatâ€™s impressive. It deserves a place up there somewhere...over the rainbow.
I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate Petts Wood Runners for being voted at number 30 UK Best 10k Race of 2009, rated by Runners World. I ran this race a couple of years ago with the Marshals. It is a great route, tough in places and has a lovely medal. Well done to all.
Well here are two more great races for your 2010 Runners World Diary: Sidcup 10 miles, 14th February, and Bromley Veterans 5 miles Famous Cross County â€“ 13 March. Check out the pictures of myself and Connie on the BVAC entry form â€“ Iâ€™m just kidding, but thereâ€™s a great likeness donâ€™t you think. I will you keep posted about Orpington 10k soon. Please donâ€™t forget to log on to Runners World Web site and rate these fabulous races.
â€˜This oneâ€™s for youâ€™. Teddy Pendergrass, Singer and Songwriter. 26 March 1950 - 13 January 2010.
In short: First half quite challenging with the hills but levels out for the back 5 miles and pleasant scenery, generally a good all rounder and very well organised throughout. Date of review: January 17, 2010