In short: Well organised race. A decent challenge especially with the weather In full: First off - thank you to the marshals and die hard supporters out on the course. The weather was pretty foul and your support was appreciated! This race seems well organised. The sports hall is large and well set out - it was heaving before the race with runners and spectators hiding from the weather but swallowed them all up well. Mile markers, water stations etc out on the course were all there as you'd expect.
Its a fairly pretty route, unless its raining and windy in which case even great scenery can only do so much... I do wish there was a race that actually went through Canterbury itself - but I do accept this is probably impossible given how busy the city is.
That hill at 4 miles is quite brutal if you've gone out fast - be warned. But the down hill part into Bridge village is very welcome indeed.
If there were EVER a nice day in January when it isn't raining and cold this could be a pleasant run.
The course was also quite muddy in places - but it is the countryside and it was raining - did I mention the rain? The race announcer at the start did take time to mention this.
The bag, bottle of water and cereal bar at the end were average fair and the medal also isn't one that will stand out in the collection. I know there's a split between those who care for a medal and those that don't. I do. I figure its nice to have a momento of some sort if I've shelled out money and effort in a race. Not a mug though - I always think they're rubbish.
In short: A tough but not off putting run. Nice route through Bridge and surrounding country. In full: You'll need to be near the front if you want to avoid the bottle neck going out into the country - quite a narrow path with potholes. The hills are tough but not too bad. It's all downhill after the 3rd at 7 miles. My only gripe this time was 2 phone calls after the event from the organisers, first asking for my feedback on the race (nice!) but then trying to sell me insurance or a loan?!
In short: Definitely undulating! In full: This was my 1st 10 mile race and I found it a challenge. It was definitely undulating with a steep, long hill at 4 miles and another long but gradual hill at 6 miles. It seemed to be mainly hardcore runners out to get their PB. Lots of runners spitting too - gross! Really glad I was with my PT for moral support. The weather was fab (Jan 2010) and would do the race again but not on my own - not particularly friendly. Date of review: February 19, 2010
In short: Fab marshalls - lovely scenery -dreadful weather In full: Fab marshalls - they really encouraged all runners despite dreadful weather. Very well organised run - my first attempt at this distance. Shame about the t-shirt though - I would have preferred a medal instead. Date of review: February 3, 2009
In short: Good race despite the weather In full: We were unlucky with the weather-probably the worst morning for several months,especially the strong wind.
However,the race was as good as ever and the organisers had sorted a couple of "negatives" from previous years-parking near the race HQ and the no. of toilets.
Special thanks to the marshalls,especially those in the most exposed parts of the course.You did a great job and kept cheerful and supportive to us all,despite the cold and rain. Date of review: January 31, 2009
In short: A great race in terrible conditions In full: The torrential rain and driving wind reduced all the ratings. The marshalls were fantastic - all soaking wet and freezing cold, but very supportive. Date of review: January 29, 2009