In short: You could not find a friendlier race if you tried In full: This race has a mix of fast runners and runners just out to enjoy 26.2 miles. One thing everyone has in common, including the organisers and spectators, they are all really friendly and encouraging. Whether you are lapping or being lapped you'll get encouragement, and the marshals are second to none. I really cannot rate this event high enough. Date of review: June 7, 2016
In short: My first and not my last! In full: This was to be my first marathon and even thought I was told the laps would be boring, I loved it! The organisation was brilliant, the medal is beautiful, the support was fantastic (right until the end when I finished @ 5:45) and although there are many laps you get access to all the facilities every 1.3 miles so no need to worry about anything. Date of review: June 7, 2016
In short: A race for everyone: multiple laps and multitudinous laughs on the undulating but fast Gravesend Cyclopark. In full: Fantastic race. Yes, it's 20-odd laps, but that can easily be made a positive thing. Set up your own drinks table (space is made available for this), interact with your favourite members of the crowd each lap, challenge yourself to keep each laptime constant, or just encourage your faster/slower friends when they lap you (or vice versa). Impeccable organisation by tzruns who work tirelessly and successfully to improve this race year on year. I ran the inaugural race in 2012 and thought it was pretty darned good then. It's got better. Date of review: June 7, 2016
In short: Fantastic event, start to finish. In full: From the moment of signing up to well after the race is over, the organisation and professional running of this event is like no other I've run. As everything is located on a fairly compact site you're never more than a 1 min walk from anything you need, and in my experience, with no queues to speak of. I don't want to sound like their PR dept. but theres so much included in the entry fee. I've run this event and its the second time I've PB'd but I'd imagine whatever your goal, you should have a great time. Date of review: June 2, 2016
In short: A typical road marathon, plenty of club runners chasing PBs In full: I signed up for the Kent Road Runner a year ago, just after friends had run the race and the Facebook hype was high. At that point in time I had only run 1 marathon (and 2 ultras). Fast forward 12 months and KRR was marathon 19 (count includes ultras)! In that time I have run good races and bad, and whilst KRR wasn’t even close to being the worst race I have ever run (that has to go to Lydd 20) it didn’t live up to the hype for me. Yes, it was well organised, yes it had a big medal, but if I hadn’t made so many friends over the last 12 months then I think it would have been a lonely 21 laps! There were some ace supporters, and enough people that I knew on the race crew for me to feel as though they cared but it’s also a “road race” and that means run clubbers out for their 1 marathon of the year (or maybe 2 if they are on a 6 month training cycle)!
Would I do the race again? Yes, if I was after a fast, road race, with a lapped route I could power round without worrying about uneven terrain or massive hills. What would make it better for me? More clarity on the cutoffs. It became clear after the race that pressure was being piled on by the owners of the site the course was on. Being clear upfront that all runners need to be offsite by time X or they’d be locked in all night would make sure there was no ambiguity and no one would look at finish times from previous years and think they would be OK. Set the mid-race cutoff at 3 hours, people generally get slower in the second half of a marathon and it gives them more leeway to make the final cutoff without having to run a huge negative split. Finally, have a sweeper, set them loose after the mid-race cutoff and give the slower runners more warning that they might be pulled. By making it clear that if you drop behind the pacer and haven’t caught up by the end of the lap then you are out would mean you don’t find yourself right up against the wire with the finish in sight but the hope of a medal has gone. Date of review: June 2, 2016
In short: Finally a race which puts the runners first In full: From signing up to leaving the cyclopark the race is put on with the wants and needs of the runners a primary focus. Free number swapping up to a month before the event, a partial refund for anyone who was unable to run and even letting us pick the soundtrack. The laps could have been tedious and rather repetitive but I didn't find that in the slightest, if it wasn't for the anti socialness of marathon training I would have already signed up for next year. Date of review: June 1, 2016
In short: Friendliest Marathon Going In full: Having done this race in 2015 and enjoying it so much I returned with 25 members of my running club. It turned out to be a fantastic day out and a resounding thumbs up from everyone. From experienced marathoners to 8 people doing their first one, the orgasnisation, atmosphere and general feel of the race is amazing. Don't let the laps put you off, it allows the best support you'll ever get anywhere. Couple this with the gigantic medal and you have an event that people will return to year after year. Date of review: June 1, 2016