In short: Faultless . a stunning coastal marathon, an hour from London In full: Thoroughly enjoyed this one, from the magnificent scenery in the first half, to the old dears in deckchairs complementing my legs in the second! Marshalling was superb and the goody bag and t-shirt, cosidering the entry price, superb. I applaud trrac for banning the use of headphones and I think one of the results was more fellow runner banter than perhaps i'm used to! Thanks marshalls, spectators and trr for a perfect day. Date of review: September 5, 2011
In short: First Marathon and going back for more.... "NEXT!!!" In full: Quite a tight start to the race with everyone packed in like sardines, although everyone appeared to soon find their rightful pace.
I was warned by the Canterbury Harriers coach to expect a tougth first half of the marathon, and it certainly didn't disappoint as I thought I was on a roller coaster for a moment I was up, and down that much!!! Although I don't say that in a bad way as I love a challenge and NEVER sherk a hill.
Second half, as people have already said, was mostly flat as a pan-cake ALTHOUGH it was flat with a heavy head wind at times, and made it feel like I was running into a wind tunnel.
All in all it was a great race day, organisation was near perfect, had a few great spectators and all the Marshalls did an outstanding job. I'm already looking forward to 2012's event, and many more future full marathons. Date of review: September 5, 2011
In short: Great race with great organisation. In full: This is my second time doing the Kent Coastal. It is a great race well organised with amazing marshal support all the way round. Loads of water in bottles and gels. Found it tough going but that reflects my lack of training. Will be back with a few more miles done before hand. Date of review: September 5, 2011
In short: challenging race, perfect organisation In full: had a tough one (a word of thanks to one of the marshalls at 22m(?) who prompted me to restart running!) but race is fairly faultless. First half incredibly scenic, second is all flat but a tough mental challenge out on the seafront. thanks to all. Date of review: September 5, 2011
In short: Really enjoyed this.Great organisation,brilliant marshalls and very friendly and supportive locals. In full: The people made this race for me.I don't normally enjoy seafront races but the weather was great,views were lovely and the marshalls were fantastic with their support,gels and jelly babies. Very friendly fellow runners and good support from all the locals outside their beach huts.Thanks TRRAC. Date of review: September 5, 2011
In short: A fantastic event and was very impressed with the overall organisation and marshals...very encouraging. This was the first time I have done the race as I live outside the area but will definitely be back! Date of review: September 5, 2011
In short: Challenging course but offering great sea views, runner solidarity and some of the best marshalls around! In full: Ran this yesterday, and got a new pb! Woo! Would say it's a challenging course - first half is relatively hilly, and the second half is tough mentally - running past the finish at half way meant that everyone around me finished (half marathoning) so I ran miles 13-15 without another runner in sight, which was tough, and from a pace point of view I think I suffered there. Then I stopped to see to my humungous blisters and was caught up by some wonderful runners, who dragged me along through the miles of doom until I found my second wind on the home strait at about mile 20. If you are looking for a low key but very friendly marathon with a low price tag and some lovely sea views (particularly in the 1st half), this is for you. Date of review: September 5, 2011
In short: If you are looking for a marathon that's really well run, enthusiastically supported and set in some beautiful surroundings, then I can highly recommend the Kent Coastal Marathon. In full: If you are looking for a marathon that's really well run, enthusiastically supported and set in some beautiful surroundings, then I can highly recommend the Kent Coastal Marathon.
The support from the local people was brilliant and really positive - it made a real difference. The organisation was excellent, with enthusiastic and friendly support to boot.
In short: My first Marathon, Another tick off my bucket list! In full: TRRAC have done a fantastic job. In our budget tightening times to find a Marathon entry at this price, with this level of support and organisation is incredable, the stunning views of the Kent coastline, the happy banter and support of other runners is all top drawer, its probably Kents best kept running secret but I feel once the word is out the few "on the day" entries will become a thing of memory! I was amazed at the level of support mustered up as Marshals and the manning of drink/gel stations, that must have been a logistical headache that worked so well on the day a BIG THANK YOU to TRRAC Commitee, Marshals, and sponsors. Date of review: September 5, 2011
In short: 4th time and I'd love to be back again next year In full: This one deserves a really good reputation, like the Halstead's etc, as a very well organised marathon run by a very friendly running club and at good value. Really supportive marshalls, nice route by the sea, plenty of water, gels and even jelly babies (it was worth running an injury induced PW to be able to take full advantage!), and good medal and t-shirt - there's nothing missing to my mind. Well done TRAC! Date of review: September 5, 2011