In short: Be Jaysus it was hot. And hilly... In full: My first half marathon, and boy what a way to start! I know the area well and have run much of the route, but put it all together and it's a toughy! Very well organised, with an extra water station added to help in the stinking hot weather. Overall a good course, I just wish I was fitter and the weather had been cooler. Back next year to beat my time! Date of review: August 2, 2013
In short: Hot and Hilly! Study the course before you get there. In full: I still managed a PB! On a very tough course and hot temperature, relying on experience and my full marathon training. Organisation was great, plenty of marshals which was good. Considering the hot weather, I was worry about de-hydration but there were plenty of water stations, and sponges which were most welcome. I wouldn’t suggest this race for beginners; it may put you off from attempting future races.
In short: Hot!!! In full: Excellent organisation and thank you marshalls! That long main road stretch and up that final long hill seemed endless but the waterstation at the top was a welcome sight. More loos would be good as usual with races! Well done! Date of review: July 15, 2013
In short: Hot, hilly, hedge-filled - but totally worth it In full: It's a quite hilly course-which they warn you about-but the temperatures yesterday made them harder. I didn't find the course that picturesque as lots of views were obscured by massive hedges on the country lanes. I also think there was a bit in the middle of the race when they could've done with another water station, maybe a contingency plan for v hot weather? BUT - it is very well organised - loads of marshals directing & encouraging you, cadets in the car park - all v efficient. The beginning & end was great, the organiser called out names & numbers as you finished which was lovely. The course was great, it went quickly-apart from the hills. Would definitely do it again, it's a friendly, happy race Date of review: July 15, 2013
In short: Hot and Hilly! In full: A glance at the course profile (and the weather forecast!) and you quickly realise that this isn't likely to be a PB course. Far better to kick back a bit and enjoy a lovely scenic run though the rolling Kent countryside. Most of the course is run on quiet country lanes, with nothing more scary than the odd speedy cyclist to worry about. There were a few bits that ran alongside main roads which are always less pleasant, but never hair raising.
Organisation was top notch, marshals everywhere so for a noob like me I never felt like I was going off course. Plenty of water stops too, and sponges which were most welcome.