In short: Good, well planned and organised multi-lap event In full: Great multi-lap event. It was so refreshing to go along to a serious event that is so welcoming and helpful that beginners would feel comfortable at. I really enjoyed my first multi-lap marathon (many multi-lap) and I will have another go at this event in the next couple of years if Sid and his team continue to run it.
The hill that you do on the just over 1k lap is not long but I found that after the twentieth time it was taking its toll on my times(my own poor preparation).
Very friendly event - to be recommended. Thanks to all who made it a great day. Date of review: July 26, 2009
In short: A great introduction to marathon and ultra running. In full: Multi-lap events aren't everyone's cup of tea, but I would strongly urge any doubters to give them a try - and Faversham is the ideal event to make a start. That's as long as you have done the training!
Just forget the tought of running 40 laps for the marathon (like I did), or the 78 or so laps that the winner of the 6 hour ultra managed to achieve.
The circuit is around an attractive park with plenty of shade from the trees, and with that short/sharp hill to shake things up.On top of that, you had plenty of things to distract you and to ease the mental burden of think about laps - including the lapping/being lapped by the other runners (which usually involved a friendly word or acknowledgement), dog-walkers, curiousity of locals (the kids at the playground asking how many laps you had done, and giving you a cheer when you told them), and most importantly the lap counters - (mine was absolutely brilliant in encouraging me as I passed by each lap (which kept my spirits up), and calling my laps numbers down to me). I especially enjoyed the bell being rung when I crossed the start/finish for the final lap!
Sid, his wife and friends have put an enormous amount of time and effort to stage what I would deem to be the perfect event. Nice touches included a feeding station to help yourself to at the end of each lap, fantastic trophys, a goodie bag that had more food than my weekly shop, a top quality polo shirt, and a certificate. Also, the position board which was updated every hour which is unique and interesting to runners as you can see how you're faring as the race progresses.
Thanks again to Sid and everyone else involved. Date of review: July 26, 2009
In short: Friendly and well organised lap marathon In full: According to the programme I was the only local runner!A very friendly 40 lap marathon or 6 hour ultra around the town park. The organisation was brilliant and with a very small field due to regulations etc,everybody was so friendly. Sid, the race organiser even arranged for my attractive lap counter to come home with me afterwards and make my lunch, well she was my girlfriend! Date of review: July 26, 2009
In short: So good that I'd not only like to run it again next year but attempt the 6h In full: I echo all the comments below. Great organisation, atmosphere, plentiful drinks, the best memento and goodie bag, very supportive all round... In a word 'Thanks!' Date of review: July 30, 2008
In short: Superbe organisation and very friendly race. Even the lap has an interesting hill which keeps it interesting for the whole 6 hours. I'd be happy to try 12h one day! Date of review: July 28, 2008
In short: Perfect in many ways In full: This was my first multi-lap race and has to be one of the nicest runs i have had. Scenery, whilst repetative, was very relaxing, marshalls and lap recorders lifted spirits everytime you passed them and the fullo stocked goodie bag with momento and t-shirt was the best i have had.
Well done to Sid and his team to putting on the event, and provided i have recovered from the MdS next March "I'll be back". Date of review: July 28, 2008
In short: A real runners-own event In full: This was my first multi-lap event, and it was a real pleasure to run in. Every runner was very friendly and had words of encouragement as I went round, and having the reassurance and encouragement of the lap-counters was uplifting, especially celebrating halfway, 30 laps down and counting down the final few. A good route for hot weather as it's pretty shaded, and guaranteed refreshments every km, and even the short hill breaks the circuit up nicely and gives the legs a reminder that there's more to life than endless pounding the flat tarmac. Thanks to Sid for organising such a hassle-free and friendly run, and for all the helpers and lap-counters who were so encouraging every time I went past, and to all the runners who had a chat I overtook or was overtaken - respect to you all. Date of review: July 28, 2008