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.
In short: Brilliantly organised, really great marshals and now spot on 10 miles with big PB potential In full: Despite the bitter cold all the marshals were really supportive and friendly. The organisation was excellent in every respect with full results out quickly at the race HQ and up on the web in a few hours.
Great refreshments and a lightining fast course that was spot on 10 miles now that the course has been changed slightly and officially measured. Also the cheapest race that I've entered for years -a real bargain. Date of review: March 11, 2013
In short: Better than expected!! In full: Friendly and plentiful marshalls. Not particularly exciting route but I actually quite liked the 3 laps, I knew where I was all the time! Well organised, vey friendly, great to have the use of the school before and after to stay warm. Nice atmosphere, many thanks to the Marshall who looked after my gloves and got them back to me safely at the end!! Date of review: March 10, 2013
In short: Well organised, well marshalled, good local low-key race In full: It doesn't sound promising - three laps of a fairly dull course - but it works. I've done this race a few times and always enjoyed it. It's very well organised and marshalled, and has a friendly atmosphere. Date of review: March 10, 2013
In short: 2nd time for me - recovery run after HellRunner. Good marshals. In full: True to form the organisers said this would be a free entry for those last year who discovered that the distance was short. This time there was no such problem and the distance was bang on. I would say that the marshals were great - full of support and cheer - seeing as it was such a cold morning. The S.E.S Runners were out in force today and our latest member came in with a PB, doing nearly twice the distance he'd ever run in one go! The route is nothing to write home about (perhaps a route through the park could be considered in future??). Good value for money (I made a donation), good facilities and certainly a course that in future I'd like to push out and get a PB on (if I'm not recovering from another event). S.E.S Runners do their home town race, and all of us came over the line. Thanks. Date of review: February 14, 2012