In short: Harder than I expected, but a great challenge. Great variety of scenes and running experiences. Lots of marshals and all friendly and very encouraging. A Great Day! Date of review: September 13, 2014
In short: Fab race. It will be one of the first events to be entered in my 2015 calendar when I buy one! In full: Driving through the thick fog along the M2 towards the most easterly point of Kent seemed a bit grim at 7.30 on a Sunday morning. BUT what was waiting for me at Cliftonville made it all worthwhile. Superbly organised registration (yes I forgot to register!!! thought I had but turned out...ooops!); loads of safety pins(!); LOADS of portaloos; well sorted and secure bag drop; great start and incredibly friendly atmosphere. The course was just superb - undulating with the odd challenging hill but plenty of recovery. Suddenly finding myself winding through the back streets of Broadstairs was enchanting -although there was a little awkward wiggle here that would prevent the true elites getting a tip top time. The marshalls along the way were really friendly and encouraging - plenty of water stations and jelly babies too. The route made it a good race for spectators - my family saw me at mile 6 and again on the way back at 9.5 miles then they were able to drive to the finish and were there waiting to cheer me through. Great photos on the route and the end. The ankle chip was comfortable and un-noticeable. Did I love this race - OH YES!!! Well done Thanet - see you next year! Thank you :-) Date of review: September 9, 2014
In short: An old school road race In full: Not too big or small. Plenty of parking. Well organised. Very relaxed feeling despite it being the veterans British championship race. Tough first half. Nice t shirt. Brilliant to have a 2 minute walk down to the beach after and enjoy a leg cooling paddle! Date of review: September 9, 2014
In short: very friendly well organised race. Fantastic value for money! In full: Ive never spoken to so many runners during a marathon. This was by far the most friendliness marathon I have ever done. Met some inspirational people. Marshalls were fantastic! Thank you very much. See you next year Date of review: September 8, 2014
In short: undulating start with flat finish by the sea In full: It was very humid which made the hills very tough, however the second part of the race is nice and flat so I could see potential for a PB. Marshalls were excellent (and very pretty) Date of review: September 8, 2014
In short: Well organised and friendly race. In full: Another well organised and friendly race from Thanet Roadrunners.Plenty of marshalls and aid stations en route, with good encouragement from day trippers. The 15-19 mile stretch beside the sea wall is a test to mental strength, well it tested me! Date of review: September 8, 2014
In short: Great organisation and marshals, Real race of two halfs. In full: Since they moved this race 1/2 mile up teh road to the School the start area works much better with plenty of parking, good facilities etc.
Its a real race of two halfs. The first half is run alongside the half marathon and tends to have enough other runners (but in no way crowded)to chat to. That half is teh more physically challenging with lots of bumps/slopes to keep you amused, nothing too significant but certainly much "hillier" than you would expect from a seaside course.
The second half is much flatter and is run for large parts along the sea defences so hard concrete surface. Fewer runners (and spread out by that stage) although the out and back parts give you a chance to say hello to runners going the other way. It does get a bit soul destroying though the relentless flat sea wall.
Support and encouragement from marshals is great and surprising amount of encouragement from day trippers enjoying the seaside.
Good medal and T shirt (tech). Well worth doing as an early autumn long run. Date of review: September 8, 2014