In short: better weather this year... In full: warm day bright sunshine,plenty of water and jelly babies. This event has a nice feel and hope to run again in 2017................ Date of review: August 31, 2016
In short: Couldn't find the secret tunnel!!! In full: I did this race last year and I must be a bit sado-machistic because I signed myself up again this year!!!! I don't know how they did it but I'm sure they made the hills steeper! That being said once I got the first six miles licked I found my mojo and I managed to beat my time from last year by two mins!
There is no denying that the course is challenging in places, but what goes up must go down so there were some compensations. The scenery was beautiful - I wish I was wealthy enough to own one of the many chocolate box cottages that I passed.
The organisation was fab and the course was very well marshalled - MANY THANKS! Date of review: August 30, 2016
In short: Has given me back my mojo In full: I really enjoyed my 1st time at this event. I knew would be hilly so was prepared. The marshalls were so friendly and cheerful, as we're the locals, cheering us on as we ran past their houses, including a very welcome refreshing hose!! Smooth organisation, friendly and scenic. I fell in love with this course and look forward to repeating next year. Many thanks organisers and marshalls. Date of review: August 30, 2016
In short: Scenic and challenging In full: It was a glorious sunny day today and I thoroughly enjoyed this excellent event. Having read reviews beforehand, I knew the course would be hilly so decided to enjoy the challenge rather than aim for a certain time. Having said that, my time was only about ten minutes more than my PB, and that included walking up the legendary mile 10.5 hill, so I think the pretty surroundings, no congestion on the route and friendly supporters must have helped. Excellent organisation with easy parking, quick registration and good bank of portaloos. Nice medal and refreshments at the finish. Only minor downsides were that I couldn't hear the announcements made over the loudspeaker at the beginning (though it was a lovely touch to be mentioned by the compere by name at the finish) and the narrow finish made it tricky to easily spectate others finishing . An excellent run - thank you to all the organisers and volunteers on the day. Date of review: August 29, 2016
In short: Hilly! In full: The weather was spectacularly bad - thunder and lightning while I was walking to the race. Thanks to all the stewards and spectators who stuck it out through the downpour. My garmin clocked it as 225m climb - the previous comments about the hill at ~11 miles are spot on - what a killer! Kudos to those who still had enough zip to run up it. Really nice to be able to run down narrow country lanes without having to worry about traffic. As a (very rough) guide to difficulty, I was ~7 mins off my PB. Good fun though - extremely satisfying to finish and a great medal. Date of review: September 4, 2015
In short: Forced to retire and told my pace was too slow- In full: After half way, being told my pace was too slow, and that the marshals would not be there for much longer due to the weather I was devastated that I was being forced to retire. After telling the marshal at the end, who said that was not correct and shouldn't have been done,I was more than devastated. But after seeing the time sheets and people that finished AFTER I was due to finish I am disgusted. If some of the joining money wasn't going to the hospice I'd demand a refund. Weather was horrific. I appreciate the volunteers and the people that took their own time to help, but it's greatly knocked my confidence and left me with a bitter taste where I will not be returning to canterbury next year. Date of review: September 1, 2015
In short: You have to try it.... In full: The weather was wet & the route was a slog in places,but if you are a runner in this country this is quite usual. Thanks to the marshals,volenters, and locals who stood in the rain for hours. I enjoyed this event despite the weather,not easy but a good race & the medal one of the best i have ever seen,recomend this for 2016.. Date of review: August 31, 2015
In short: Great race but I wouldn't recommnd it as your first HM In full: As always, very well-organised by Nice Work. Third time I have done this HM and won't be the last - thoroughly enjoyable despite apocalyptic rainfall and river flowing down the hill at mile 11. A very special word for the marshals who always smiled and encouraged and must have been absolutely wet through. Huge thanks to Forest of Blean Rotary Club for their hard work in this regard. It was a day for runners rather than spectators. Date of review: August 31, 2015