In short: Fantastic In full: Wonderful race, very well organised, with friendly marshall all the way round. Plenty of water, gels and jelly babies. Brownies and scouts were really good. Scenery beautiful, nice to have a flat second half!! Date of review: September 17, 2015
In short: Brilliant In full: Great scenery, friendly marshalls with plenty of water stations and jelly babies! the first half certainly puts you to the test as undulating and it's good to have the second half flatter! Will be back. Thank you to all. Date of review: September 17, 2015
In short: Just do the half! In full: This is a fantastic event. As others have commented, it was very friendly with super-supportive marshals and really well organised. No queues for chip pick-up etc. in the morning and plenty of water and energy gels on the course.
The first half of the course is a scenic and undulating loop down into Broadstairs and back. A beautiful route passing through a couple of towns so the locals can (and do) come out to support in large numbers.
However, the second half of the marathon is an unbelievably dull plod along miles of coastal defences; I've done treadmill runs with more variety. The run is kept away from any public roads so there is no support, no marshals (as there are no turnings for miles at a time) and nothing to break up the monotony.
In short: just do the half, I'll be back next year to do that! Date of review: September 11, 2015
In short: The Isle of Thanet at its Best In full: Really well-organised race along the Kent Coast, and blessed with beautiful weather to boot. The marshals were all very encouraging - the smiles on their faces showed that they were enjoying themselves too, and as a regular, it is always good to be greeted by name. The second half can be a bit of a lonely experience, but this year I had a couple of club mates to help keep me going, and I set a personal course best (and still got beaten by the same lady who is usually 2-3 minutes ahead at the finish... by 2-3 minutes) Date of review: September 8, 2015
In short: My favourite race In full: ran the half 2 years ago and wanted more. This is a superbly organised race with outstanding marshals, great support from scouts and brownies, who I assume also benefit from the race. Hilly first half with great atmosphere followed by a flat and fast second half. Make no mistake this is a testing course but I missed a new on by just 2 minutes. A serious race with a slightly nutty side - signs encouraging runners like 'run like the police are chasing you' outside the police station!!! It was clearly a race run. Y runners for runners. Great value and I will definitely be back. Date of review: September 7, 2015
In short: Picturesque, undulating course. Potential to be a speedy one. Great atmosphere In full: More food and drink stalls at start/finish would be good but water and sweets on the run were plentiful Date of review: September 6, 2015