In short: Pleasant with some challenging hills In full: For the race itself, not much more to add to the reviews already posted. Up and down course, scenic and well organised. Rather humid so not super fast, but compared to the furnace that was last year and the fact it it July, conditions for running weren't too bad!
Only thing I want to add is that unfortunately numbers were well down this year, almost by half. Much of this I think was due to the fact that although he race started at 9am, the earliest train from central London didn't arrive until 8.35am. With a 15-20 minute walk to the start from the station, plus the fact you needed to pick up your race number from the venue, travelling by train would not have been a practical option for most people. I realise that this problem arose from SouthEastern Trains pulling their usual nonsense of never ending weekend engineering works over the summer months and can't be blamed on the race organisers as such. I caught the train last year which had a good crowd of runners on it heading to Dartford. Therefore I can assume that a lot of people would have been put off this year (I don't live too far away so was able to find a bus alternative - took a lot longer though). I'm not sure how much the organisers were aware of this, maybe they knew and I'm just stating the obvious! However if they had been able to push the start back a bit, even if just by 30 minutes then the race would have remained a viable option for a much larger group of people.
In short: Fantastic as usual In full: Yet again, Dartford put on a great event. All staff were fantastic, supportive, encouraging and full of smiles. It was great to see the Scouts and Beavers handing out water. Thanks also to the marshals and the patient vehicle drivers being held at junctions. The course is a challenging one with several hills to test you. Thankfully it wasn't too hot this time but I was glad I took my bladder pack with me. The medal was ok -ish, but good to see that it had the date on it. Perhaps something more that just a banana at the end.
A word of warning - They were strict on headphone use this year. You were warned that they would not be permitted and I did see several officials on the route looking out for, and noting down, AND using their radio to report back to base any offending race numbers. Date of review: July 16, 2014
In short: My home town half marathon so its not an option to not run In full: Bugger of a hill at 10 miles, always catches me out. Very well marshaled across the whole course. A credit to Dartford Harriers Date of review: July 14, 2014
In short: Dartford - The Home of the Rolling Stones and the Rolling Hills In full: I decided last minute to enter the HM (Saturday night) and there was something about running in Dartford that didn't really excite me (sorry Dartford people).........I was wrong though. This is a lovely scenic course through country fields, which is great when you live in Central London.
The Hills - well they are hills and they do sneak on you , especially the last hill on 16km. A very nice race, well organised and a special mention to the marshals who helped out and gave encouragement throughout the course.
In short: A well organised event and fun course In full: This was a well organised event that was well marshalled. The course was picturesque in places with good support in the sections that went through the town. Overall a very enjoyable event - thank you to those involved with the organisation of it. Date of review: July 14, 2014
In short: My 3rd, tough hills, but great organisation, lovely and loads of marshals In full: Very well organised, route varies greatly in views etc, quite up & down, some tough old hills. Lovely friendly and encouraging marshals. Date of review: July 14, 2014
In short: Great supporters In full: What makes this race is the encouraging marshals and the supporters that take the time to lean out of their windows or come to their garden gate to provide encouragement as runners go past.
A tad hilly but counterbalanced by some great downhill sections.