In short: Great signage and marshals directing runners! In full: This was my husband and my first half marathon and I was so glad that the weather was so beautiful for it! When it says undulating I would definitely agree with other runners that this means hilly. The hill after the 10 mile marker definitely did me in! Loved running along the pilgrims way. Could have done with another water station because it was warm out. Marshals were very accurate and well placed, some could have been a bit more enthusiatic but they were very efficient. Date of review: October 24, 2007
In short: A surprisingly fast course on a lovely day In full: Pre-race organisation was great - especially considering the postal strikes. The scenery on the first half wasn't great, but the second half more than made up for it, and as for the hills, well everyone had to do them! Next year it would be helpful to have directions to race HQ for those who had to negotiate Maidstone's one-way system! Date of review: October 22, 2007
In short: Ouch - my thighs! In full: My first 1/2, so just finishing was a PB for me. Nice views from the downs along the way back. Very well organised, and a big thankyou to all the marshals and spectators who kept up the encouragement. Not overly hilly (about usual for this area of the country), but enough to make my legs ache. Perfect weather also helped make a great morning. Date of review: October 22, 2007
In short: Second year at Maidstone and Enjoyed as Much Again! Thank you Maidstone Harriesr for A Great Run ! In full: Very impressed with the helpful and encouraging Marshalls and Organisation. I e- mailed in advance as I was quite a late entrant and was met with a prompt and helpful response to reserve my place to pick up on the morning...Thanks Bob! There was also a lovely lady on the baggage handling which was well organised and it was great to have the facility to buy a bacon butty and a cup of tea at the end! What more do people need? Date of review: October 21, 2007
In short: Really enjoyable day out In full: Certainly qualifies as an undulating course. No real killer hills, in the sense of "you couldn't get a goat up that" but I lost count of all the small climbs which cumulatively make it a good test of leg and lung. Dozens of hillier halfs than this, but dozens of flatter ones as well, so make sure to do some hill training first.
First half of the race is mainly alongside main roads. The pavements are wide enough to allow overtaking without having to risk lige and limb by stepping into the traffic, but on a wet day I imagine it could be quite depressing. Fortunately we were blessed with perfect weather conditions this year - blue skies and chilly without being windy. The second half of the course if pretty nice though, through quiet country lanes.
Great marshalling, with a special mention to the local police force who did a great job closing off some of the busy junctions. Rare to see that sort of official support.
Excellent signposting / mile markers and overall a really well organised and enjoyable run. Date of review: October 21, 2007