In short: Very enjoyable race In full: I've left it a long time after the race to post a review but just to say It's a nice scenic race, well organised and the medal from Dame Kelly Holmes is a very nice touch indeed. There is one section with a tough long hill but the rest of the course isn't too bad. The race is quite a nice size too. Date of review: September 8, 2011
In short: A challenging and hugely enjoyable event with great organisation In full: This was my third time running the Tunbridge Wells half, every year for that brief period that I run up the big hill I question why I am back, but this really is one of my favourite all-time races.
Challenging course, with great scenery and really good organisation. A local event (for me) that I enjoy being part of. (I do agree with the comment below re. tshirt sizes, last years was on the big side, this year on the tight side (or is more a reflect on my comparable levels of of training!).
Thank you TW Harriers for making this such a great race, year after year. Great atmosphere, and what an experience to run with the likes of Liz Yelling in my home town - even if I was 45 minutes or so behind her. Date of review: March 27, 2011
In short: Another great time! In full: This was my second year doing this race, and once again, it was a fantastic time! Last year's race was a great experience despite the horrible weather (including a PR), and I was hoping it would be as good this year (the experience I mean; wasn't wishing for the rain again!)...and it was! I even PR'ed again! I'm definitely hoping to keep this race part of my yearly schedule. I'm a slow runner, but there's still great support out there, even at the back of the pack. While I liked the energy drink last year, I enjoyed not having to carry that around this year and getting the gel instead. I do wish the gel hadn't already been opened for me though, as I would've liked to hold onto it a bit longer.
My only slight disappointment was that my shirt ended up too small (I picked up the same size as last year--I love the way last year's fits--and despite them being labelled the same size, this year's is cut smaller). My fault for not even considering trying it on though. Date of review: March 24, 2011
In short: Tough, but great fun In full: I ran Tunbridge Wells both this year (lovely weather) and last year (freezing, pouring) and thoroughly enjoyed myself both times. The atmosphere is great. The course is challenging but really lovely. I'll do it again next year for sure. Date of review: March 23, 2011
In short: You've got to get uo to get down, allot of up in this race :) In full: Brilliant atmosphere and organization and beautiful Kent countryside, did I mention hills??. Racing with Liz Yelling and Kelly Holmes handing out medals :) what more can you ask for....
In short: Great race, nice to run all that way & have Kelly Holmes put a medal around your neck. Tough hills, but good weather & very welcoming for my first Half Marathon. Date of review: March 13, 2011
In short: Better weather this year, same great organisation In full: Other race organisers would do well to study the Tunbridge Wells Half Marathon as an example of how to put together a great run.
The many plus points include slick organisation, friendly staff, a tough but scenic route on a well-marshalled course with good crowds, Dame Kelly Holmes handing out the medals and an excellent goody bag. (The organisers are even posting me out a race T-shirt after I forgot to pick one up on the day).
A couple of minor quibbles... the 1.30 pacer hared off at sub-1.25 pace and was never seen again (even though I finished in just under 90 minutes) and I would've preferred an energy drink instead of a gel. Date of review: March 9, 2011