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
In short: Was a little apprehensive as this was my first half marathon, however despite very wet conditions the atmosphere and friendliness of fellow racers and encouragement from marshalls and spectators was great. I very much enjoyed the whole experience. Date of review: September 2, 2014
In short: Great race, but no cover! In full: Thanks to nice work for organising this. Thanks especially to the marshals for standing out in the rain and the other organisers, who were really friendly and helpful.
All was good, this is not a fast course, the total climb was 228 metres according to my my Garmin. It's very scenic and a pleasure to run.
When the weather is bad, as it was on the day, the lack of shelter is quite a problem. Overall a great race, though! Date of review: August 30, 2014
In short: challenging but worth it In full: i just want to say thank you to all marshalls who in horrid rainy conditions were just brilliant . This is a tough course but i heard so many people managed pB's ....... wow thank you as well too Martin and team Date of review: August 29, 2014
In short: Challenging but fun and scenic course on traffic free roads In full: My first time but I will be back. Weather was shocking but didn't stop some brave souls spectating out on the course. Friendly marshalls and good organisation overall. Date of review: August 27, 2014