In short: Great race, but hilly. In full: First thanks to Deal Tri for organising this excellent race. Thanks in particular to the marshals who gave hours of their time, were very cheerful and did an excellent job in some very cold and windy weather.
First the hills. This is certainly a hilly half-marathon. According to mapometer the gross climb is 290m. This year my Garmin made it to be 227m. Somehow it didn't feel that hilly, since none of the hills were that long, though there were a lot of them. I thought the scenery was brilliant. No tractors this year. Generally I noticed very little traffic.
I'm surprised there hasn't been more comment about the wind. This was very cold and strong on the way out, but was less noticeable, in fact gave some help, on the way back.
The HQ area offered ample cheap parking. It's also a café which is very useful; I ate a full English Breakfast for £5.90 after the race. The start/ finish area was excellent. The machine printing out details of your run a few yards from the finish line was missing this year, which was a shame. The drinks stations were fine for me; thanks to those who operated them.
I like the mug; there was a nice medal too! The Mars bar was most welcome. Definitely a great race, but a long way from home for me, so I'll probably only do it again if I can get a lift there. So long as it's a Kent Grand Prix race that's quite likely. Date of review: February 12, 2013
In short: Very challenging but enjoyable race In full: Second time I've run this event - A course for those that like a challenge rather than PB hunters. Very well organised, good atmosphere (though VERY cold!)and nice to get a medal that actually has the event and year on for a change. Little things like that make a difference! Date of review: February 12, 2013
In short: Challenging - up and down. In full: A good friendly race. Very tough conditions; Blustery and cold. Made it a good challenge and thankfully the rain didn't start until most people had finished. Well done Deal tri.
The only negative was the threatening note from Fowlmead to pay for parking even though their machines weren't working. Surprised that they didn't waive the parking charge given all the extra visitors they got. Date of review: February 11, 2013
In short: Very enjoyable race despite the weather In full: As always, Deal Tri staged this event really well. The location is idea , with plenty of parking and the quiet road is ideal as a start/ finish location. The course is very scenic but the hills mean its more one for relishing the views and the challenge than going for a PB. Yesterday's weather, cold and very windy, certainly added to the challenge and real credit is due to the excellent marshalls who remained amazingly cheerful and supportive despite the bitter cold that they were having to stand around in. All in all an event that maintains its high standard each year - and at least the weather held off so that the race happened at first time of asking this year Date of review: February 11, 2013
In short: Challenging but definitely worth it! In full: A big thank you to all the lovely marshals today, they were very supportive and encouraging all the way round!! Was tough but very enjoyable! Loved the Snickers bar at the end... my favourite! If you like a challenge you'll love this one! Date of review: February 10, 2013
In short: Race had its ups and downs. In full: Thanks to all the marshals for standing in the cold and their encouragement. Could have been worse, as I write this at 4pm its snowing. Thanks to Steve from Deal Tri for his praise in the last 200M. I was looking forward to a mug at the finish but got a medal, never mind most welcome. Loved the ups and downs. And thanks to all tha medics who were on standby. Will do this again next year. Date of review: February 10, 2013
In short: Good Race In full: I would like to congratulate Deal Tri on yet another good race, and ask you to say thank you to all the marshals who did not just stand there and point they gave some fantastic encouragement to runners at all stages, a job that is not easy to fill and especially with the wintery conditions Date of review: February 10, 2013