In short: Undulating - Yes ! Do it again - yes !! In full: This was my first half marathon and didn't know what to expect, having only done 10ks in the past. I suppose the weather was a bonus, but this race was wonderful. Everyone I spoke to on the way round were friendly, the locals in the village were great - I even managed a High 5 ! PB at 2:01 even with hills so well happy. Organisation was very good. Thought this might be my one and only half - but TONBRIDGE you have made me want to do more. Thank you :-) Date of review: October 6, 2015
In short: Great half Marathon In full: I just wanted to say how much enjoyed the race. it is my 5th Tonbridge half marathon (yes did them all from the first) but wasn’t going to be able to run it as got a hip injury last week, but this morning I thought I have done them This is my 5th Tonbridge half marathon (yes did them all from the first) thought I but wasn’t going to be able to run it due to injury but this morning decided to run it and not to miss it. The organisation was flawless, the t-shirt a nice touch and the crowd support at Leigh village was just amazing, everybody was out for us. The church bells and the bands were great. I also wanted to mention the volunteers out there a bit thank you to them, they are so friendly. It was great the marshals dealt with the emergency too. Well done to everybody who organised it, shall be back net year, hopefully with no injury. Date of review: October 5, 2015
In short: Well organised, great local support in the villages, one for the diary next year In full: A well organised event with really good facilities. Local support in the villages was excellent. Really chuffed to win a spot prize of a bottle of wine. One for the diary next year. Date of review: October 14, 2014
In short: Undulating, challenging but good In full: This was my first running of the event, definitely won't be my last. A true undulating yet beautiful course, the undulations, though not that steep, were constant throughout. Only one or two flattish lengths of any note. Wonderful bespoke medal, and as many apples and bananas at the end as you could manage, especially for slowies like me! Certainly a rival race to Tunbridge Wells for sure. Well done to all concerned. Date of review: October 11, 2014
In short: Awesome race - hilly but worth every ache! In full: I thoroughly enjoyed this race. The fact that it was mostly through countryside and villages will bring me back. It was tough as it was hilly - but that's what I like. Also, I liked the fact that it was only 1400 runners. I did a race the weekend before and it was 5,000 runners - I could not start where i wanted to as there were 4000 first timers in front of me thinking they are going to run 1h30...so I was meandering all the way to the finish. I will be back for this one next year - thank you so much for a fantastic race! Date of review: October 1, 2014
In short: Very friendly race with some beautiful countryside views and a few hills In full: This was my first half-marathon competitively, so it is hard to evaluate the potential for PB. However, with the number of small hills through the course, I doubt it is a PB route. Saying that the hills are short and not too sharp, so you can make up easily in the downhill sections... and the public support is amazing! The whole village comes out to cheer the runners, a real boost to morale.
The organisation was great, nothing negative to say about it. Will try to do it again next year. Date of review: September 30, 2014
In short: Lovely scenic route with enough hills to keep it interesting, INCREDIBLE support In full: This was my first ever half marathon and it was really enjoyable. Great organisation with enough water stops along the route. Very lively scouts giving out water and playing fun music too. The highlight for me was the support in the lovely village of Leigh. For those unfamiliar with the route, it involves going into Leigh twice which is great. The locals were so enthusiastic, with children handing out orange segments and jelly babies, lots of people standing along the road and cheering. The church bells were ringing especially for us runners which was a really lovely touch. My favorite was the man by the railway bridge with a hose offering a shower to the runners going past. This was most appreciated as the day was warmer than I would have liked.
The route is great, along pretty country lanes and the roads are shut so there are no cars to worry about. Enough hills to keep it interesting without being overwhelming, and a beginner friendly race.
There was no water left by the time I got to the end which was disappointing, but I guess they couldn't plan for the weather so weren't to know how thirsty everyone would be. Good selection of fruit at the end and a nice medal.
My first but definitely not my last half marathon, see you next year! Date of review: September 30, 2014