In full: Hills were a challenge! Great weather for it, would def do it again. Real friendly runners. Great massage... Vinny well done what a time, I've quit the bad habit!! See you in Folkestone Date of review: September 2, 2013
In short: Tough but thoroughly enjoyable In full: This is a very challenging half marathon with some tough ascents and a killer hill at mile 10. Nevertheless, I thoroughly enjoyed the experience: the scenery was stunning, the support from the crowds in the villages was uplifting, and there was plenty of camaraderie amongst the runners. Add to this the excellent organisation and post-race biscuits - I'd say Nice Work have a got a winner on their hands here. Date of review: August 29, 2013
In short: Great Half Marathon with brilliant supporters and very tough hills In full: I went there for the first time and after the race I am sure not for the last. I didn't expect so many hills on the course. But to be honest - I loved them. I felt really tired but happy crossing the finish line. And the can of cold red bull drink given to me by a very nice woman tasted like a nectar of the Gods of Ancient Greek Mithology. Next year I would like to run there again ! Date of review: August 28, 2013
In short: Up and down and up and down and...but great scenery In full: Great race but challenging. Organisation was good and stewards and locals along the route were very friendly and supportive. All in all not a PB race but well worth the scenery and most of the route traffic free. Date of review: August 26, 2013
In short: great for the spectator support alone:) In full: a "challenging" course (watch out for that hill!!) but lovely scenery (i'm biased, i grew up in this neck of the woods). The memory i come away with though, is of the spectators cheering and clapping you on from their gardens/drives/windows/fields, truly uplifting, love it! Date of review: August 26, 2013
In short: What Hill? In full: This was my first half marathon. I had a great time. I thank all the people involved in organizing the event, the villagers for their support on the way round and the Tifosi at the finish. I agree with criticisms about the kids race and the jumbled start. As for all the fuss about inclines, well they are just part of the course which make it all the more interesting. I've got the bug now so I'm off to do the Folkestone Half and will certainly be back here next year. Date of review: August 30, 2012
In short: Tough and very pleasant In full: The scenery throughout was fabulous: as a city dweller, I loved running through rolling countryside on a pleasant late summer day. The race was well organised and marshalled, although the water stations were positioned slightly eccentrically: why have one after 2 miles and then nothing for another 5 or so?
The atmosphere in the villages was excellent and it was nice to see so many families stand outside and cheer us. As for the race itself, it is easily the toughest half-marathon of the eight I have done. The hill at about 5 miles was very long and then the one at 10-11 miles was sheer murder. Although my time was 9 minutes above my PB, it felt like a metre-for-metre PB.
Having Jaffa cakes at the end was lovely, although the medal is average: the organisers could at least have had the year (or date) of the race engraved! That said, overall well worth running and I would love to turn up again. Date of review: August 29, 2012
In short: Very tough and hilly, however amazing atmosphere and will do again! In full: So much for Kent being the flat Garden of England! Very hilly, much more than I was antisipating, especially the climb at about 10 - 11 miles which felt like scaling Everest! (Allthough I only have myself to blame for not doing any homework before hand)
However, the scenery was amazing and support through the villages enroute was fantastic. The approach to the finish offered an absolutely stunning view of Canterbury Cathedral which I will always remember.
Everybody was really friendly and I would love to do this race again (With a bit more training behind me!) Date of review: August 28, 2012