In full: Ran this race in 2014 so knew what to expect. Its three laps of a not very pretty suburban south london, but i does make it easier to run an even pace for the distance.traveled a long way to run here, a pb race if not a senic one. will try again in 2016..........
In short: Fantastic marshals In full: It is the marshals that make this race as just about all of them are so encouraging - and manage the traffic so well! Full credit to them.
The downsides: the false start - not sure what happened there when runners started to run and then had to stop - suddenly. I was nearly pushed over in the melee which I could have done without.
The 6 mile marker is still in the wrong place: see one of the reviews from 2013.
There was very little water available at the end - and only one marshal on the water table on the last lap - who was busy talking to someone - so it was hard to actually reach her to get a cup of water.
Overall a good race to do - and a big thanks again to the marshals for all their encouragement - they made the race! Date of review: March 8, 2015
In short: Quite fast, dull course, well-organised In full: Thanks to Kent AC for organising this. Thanks to the marshals for being there to keep us on track and being so supportive.
There's no doubt this is not a beautiful course. It's three loops of suburban Sidcup, but fine if you like that, which I do. I don't think it's quite as flat as my Garmin suggested (34 metre climb over 16.27km). The first km includes a nice downhill start, but my Garmin suggests it's neither up nor down!
Organisation beforehand on the day and until the end of the race was great. The prize-giving was, as often seems to be the case, not so good. The results weren't put up anywhere, so no-one could check them. The generous club tried to present the MV50 to an MV40. Someone tried to present the MV60 Kent Champs to the wrong person, when the MV60 overall winner was from a Kent club. Not all the prizes were presented on the day. As a runner I'm very grateful to those who give up their time to administer races, but I do sometimes wonder if this aspect would be better done if results were posted before the presentation and one or two runners were asked to help.
This doesn't detract from a great race, well-organised! Date of review: March 12, 2014
In short: Great value race In full: 3rd time for me at this race and, as always, the host club (Kent AC) put on an excellent race.
Arrived in good time and was able to park without any problems. My number was sent to me in the post, but entry on the day was available inside the school. I think I saw refreshments being sold inside the school hall for the benefit of spectators.
After a short walk to the start the race got under way. Something was said by the Race Director before the start but people at the back couldn't hear. I've done this race before so knew what we were doing, but this may not have been clear to others. For example, "It's three laps" or "keep to the pavement".
Quite a congested start but as this was part of the grand prix numbers were higher than usual and I don't know what else could have been done. Great to see so many runners taking part!
Without exception the marshals were absolutely fantastic. Each one of them made the race so enjoyable. It really does make a difference so thank you very much to all of you.
I hope to run this race again in the not too distant future. Date of review: March 10, 2014
In short: Fast course and well organised In full: 3 laps may not be everyone's cup of tea but it was nice to know exactly where you were at all times and knowing what was coming next. I'd call this a fast course perfect for PB's if going for it and it was superbly marshaled by Kent AC and with great enthusiasm. Really enjoyed it and would definitely do it again though i think i have run it 6 times now! My only improvement would be a secure baggage area as i didn't drive to the race so had no where to leave my bag and valuables. Date of review: March 10, 2014
In full: I would say more undulating than flat, but not a problem. first really warm day this year, but it did make it less of a slog. the marshals were great,as were the people at the water stations. would run again in 2015..
In short: Enjoyable race despite the icy wind In full: Very friendly and well organised race which was well marshalled . Condsidering it all takes place on the suburban pavements the route has been well worked out and was bang on 10 miles. The 6 mile marker was in the incorrect place though and showed up at 5.5 miles. Didn't think I was that fast! Good to have the warmth of the school to use before and after and coffee and cake is always a winner.