In short: Well organised and challenging start to the new year In full: Excellent event and a great start to the new year of road racing. Parking seemed a challenge but with nearly 1000 runners its not suprising that the race instructions were clear that an early arrival is required. Interesting that although numbers were posted out the chip had to be collected but it was made efficient by combining it with bag storage. This worked well for me. Course had ample marshalls and start and finish were well set up. Swift removal of chip and nice idea with the kit bag instead of medal or t-shirt. Date of review: January 17, 2010
In short: You earn your time on this course In full: Good organisation and a testing course the hills though are in all the right places and it felt like a decent work out. Date of review: January 17, 2010
In short: A great morning's run, but not when your unfit! In full: I enjoyed this run, which was only spoiled in that for various reasons (including snow) i've only got in a few miles training since Christmas, making this my slowest ever event pace-wise. Oops!
The marshals were great and encouraging. The water stations worked. And the hills were fun, except for the wicked drag up over the motorway at mile 9. Who put that there?!
But my big gripe is no medal! I've got several kit bags (without advertising on), but a medal makes a run unique and lasts. A kit bag (or T shirt) is normal, boring and wears out. Give me a medal, and I go away happy no matter what my time. Date of review: January 17, 2010
In short: A course of two halves In full: First time of doing this one although I had done the Dartford Half a few years back. The first half is more up than down with a couple of hills to negotiate. The second half is mainly downhill or flat with a great long downhill bit between miles 5-7. There is a sting in the tail though with a tough windy hill to nail at the 9 mile marker.
Marshalls very encouraging, very well organised overall and grabbed a PB today too so, although it is an undulating course, treat the early hills with respect and get your foot down on the downhills and a PB is on the cards. Date of review: January 17, 2010
In short: Well organised, well marshalled event, slightly challenging!! In full: Some tough hills but some good down hill bits as well. Great weather, nice location, very well organised. Well done Dartford. Will be back to try again. As some others have mentioned, would prefer medal. Date of review: January 17, 2010
In short: Nice race, superb organisation. In full: Great race, quite hilly (more than I was expecting)and some slightly hairy runnnig along roads with cars quite close, but overall a really enjoyable run. Date of review: January 17, 2010