In short: Great, smashing, super! In full: Couldn't make up my mind beforehand whether I was going to love or hate the 17 lap format but I must admit I'm a bit of a convert.
On the plus side some sections rolled around like old friends occasionally surprising you to see them again so soon and yes other sections became more daunting with each repetition.
The lap format also makes it perfect for spectators providing a real lift when I rounded a corner to see the missus cheering me on (and watching her struggling to come up with 5 times as many comments as she's usually used to)!
Organisation was spot on, venue was easy to find, parking was easy to find, registration was easy to find.......
Marshals were friendly and the water station well manned and well stocked and normally one every 2.5km would be plenty given the heat and the lack of natural shade there were times when a second station would have been appreciated.
Special mention also to Matt "the salmon" who ran the course in the opposite direction encouraging EVERYONE by name as he passed you, absolute LEGEND, thank you!
The medal is EPIC, the goodie box well stocked (and with a sticker that made me giggle all the way home) and it's been awesome to look at race photos without a surge of rage when I see the price!!
Congratulations and great job to all at TZRUNS, in the words of Arnie, "I'll be BACK"! Date of review: June 12, 2014
In short: Excellent event - way better than you might think it would be! In full: Organisation was first-class, the venue/facilities were excellent, and the weather was picnic-quality. The format of 17 laps might not suit everyone but it offers some great advantages, like the option to set up and stock your own drinks/snacks table, you are never far from a loo, or help if you need it! The track is right next to the A2 but you'd hardly know it. Convenient parking, huge medal, nice goody bag, and free photos. I came to the race alone but the crowd were very friendly and I was well supported - thank you. I'm very tempted to sign up again for next year. Date of review: June 6, 2014
In short: Oh what fun! In full: Really, 17 loops doesn't sound ideal but for some reason this marathon really works. The organisation is slick and smooth, the support on the course (apart from Tourette's Hill where it could really do with a band or something!) is brilliant. The shouts over the loudspeaker as we came round each lap was fantastic. The goody box is food! That was appreciated for the drive home. And as for the medal. Well, what can I say? So big and heavy!!!!
I've already entered for next year and am looking forward to it greatly! Date of review: June 5, 2014
In short: First time and loved it..... In full: ....from the car parking to the event itself and post race, all superbly organised and supported. I managed a PB but was hating the drag upwards more with each passing lap! Still, a great event, and even my 'Marathon Widow' wife enjoyed herself! Date of review: June 4, 2014
In short: Awesome must do event, definitely recommend In full: First time this year and was blown away by the organisation the facilities the humongous medal the aid station the goodies, everything was spot on. Whether your chasing a PB or not this is a must do race in my opinion. Date of review: June 3, 2014
In short: A marathon by runners for runners of all abilities. In full: I did this race last year, again this year and signed up for next year as soon as entries opened late on the night of the race. There is a reason that this race has already sold over a quarter of the places for the 2014 race, quite simply it is the best race experience you will ever have.
The organisation is faultless, from the ability to choose your own race number to informative pre race emails and well stocked drink and nutrition stations you could not ask for more... but tzruns give you so much more. A gorgeous and huge finisher's medal, free (yes really!) race photographers and a goodie box that was stuffed with lovely things. If you add to this the support and enthusiasm of the volunteers and the race director and a price that compares favourably with the price of some 10k races you can't really go wrong.
The thought of 17 laps was somewhat daunting at first, but having completed 2 marathons and one ultra at the Cyclopark I can honestly say that the laps make it more interesting. You get to see the super fast athletes as they lap you, and get to overtake a few people too. Supporters get to see the person they are cheering on at least 17 times (more often if they walk to different parts of the track).
Supporters can make use of the excellent on site facilities (cafe, wifi, playground) or bring a picnic and soak up the sunshine.
What are you waiting for? Whether you have run many marathons or are contemplating your first ever marathon this is the race for you - you will be made to feel so welcome and come away with the best medal in the UK and a huge smile on your face.
In short: Ever wanted to be treated like an elite athlete? Then do this race In full: I'm sure 17 laps around a cycle course in Gravesend isn't for everyone. It's green and pretty attractive, but it's not flat and by the seventeenth time the final slope appears to gone from molehill to Kilimanjaro.
But if you can get past that, there's a huge number of benefits to this race. No stress about baggage, or parking. As for drinks stations, there's one every lap, or you can even set up your own, with your own favourite drinks, and even get a friend to hand them to you.
Same goes for loos, and timing screens, while doing the laps breaks up the marathon into easier chunks, especially as your 'lap counter' bands are thrown away one by one.
So the laps shouldn't worry you. But what should make you outright eager to do this is that it's really, really well run.
For the cost of some 10ks, you get an exceptionally well organised race that makes everything but actually running the distance a breeze. Personalised numbers, bell rung when you're on your last lap, showboating zones, free photographs, lovely encouraging marshals, great medal, decent goody bag, the list goes on. For me, the biggest deal was being able to have a hot shower straight after the run. Heaven.
This is my third time doing this race, and I signed up for number 4 straight away. Laps? Boring? never...