In short: Nice mostly coastal first half - lonely second half with a few miles of streets In full: Usually a quite well organised event - the missing marshal at the turn point off the sea front ruined it for the front runners, even when I arrived there was no marshal or sign - the marshals were at the top of a hairpin turn - I was lucky to be with a runner who remembered it (a few years previously we used to run a lot further to the next bay).Nice bespoke medal and the t/shirt was the correct size. Date of review: October 12, 2013
In short: 6th time for the marathon here and I'd do it again In full: Gutted for both runners and organisers to hear about the route error for the group behind the lead runner. Really sorry to hear.
Where I was in the middle of the pack there were no issues and all ran as smooth as previous years I'm pleased to say.
Beautiful run, easily flat enough if you're a PB chaser, loads of water and gels through second half, good atmosphere amongst runners, marshalls and seasiders, and so much for rest of family to enjoy while waiting for me to amble back.
Thanks again Thanet! Date of review: September 4, 2013
In short: My first marathon (in my home town) - had an absolute blast. The marshal's were really encouraging and the drinks and gels were perfectly spaced. In full: I was expecting the worst as there were only a few hundred competing in the full marathon (you can opt for the half if you prefer) but there were enough marshal's and random small crouds of people clapping and cheering to spur us on. I did the full marathon with my best friend but most people were on their own as there were so few runners; huge respect to these people. The first half of the course is quite hilly (but enough downhill slopes to recover on) and the second half is mainly flat. The organization of the whole thing seemed flawless - I've not competed in hundreds of races but enough to know that the people organizing this one did a fabulous job! Overall, I had a great day which I wasnt expecting at all for my first marathon. I hope to compete next year in the same race....if I'm ready! Date of review: September 3, 2013
In short: Marshalling error spoilt an otherwise great race. In full: First thanks are due to Thanet Roadrunners AC, those who took responsibility for the race and the marshals, who all gave up their day so that we could take part in a race. TRAC run a lot of races. A heartfelt thanks from me.
This was the first time I've done the Kent Coastal marathon, though I've done the Thanet 20, an ideal warm-up for a Spring marathon, a couple of times before.
To judge from the website, this race dates back to at least 1988. Interesting to note that in 1988 13 runners beat this year's winning finish time and 47, including no fewer than 7 from TRRC, which I guess is an earlier name for TRAC, beat 3 hours. This year 3 runners beat 3 hours, though I guess 4 or 5 more would have done but for the marshalling error. Truly humbling to see how fast people were 25 years ago; I recognise at least a couple of the sub-3 hour 1988 finishers in this year's list. Good for them! I was also interested to see that 5 of the top 30 finishers were v60 or v65.
I may have a rosy view: I intended to run 16 miles of this as a marathon pace run for a marathon in a few weeks' time, aiming to cut my pace for the last 10 miles. However in the end after the marathon pace bit I changed my mind and decided to race it. Fortunately with a good result, so I might have a sunnier view of this race than some.
There are a few slight hills, almost all in the first half: my Garmin made the gross climb 214m, which is low in my experience for such a long run; not much hillier than Brighton Marathon, the only other marathon I've run. The weather was pretty good; warm, not hot, but little or no sun. The wind, which I am told nearly always blows in Thanet, was quiet today, except for a horrid short patch in the third quarter of the race.
The race started nearly 7 minutes late, due to long toilet queues. There are of course never enough toilets at the start of a race, but this wasn't great. Apart from that others have written about the marshalling error. I heard about it from a couple of team-mates who weren't pleased either. It's a shame this spoilt the race for those affected. I wasn't fast enough to be affected, but it's clearly a serious issue. The error took place at probably the worst point for a marshal to be missing, since it was a turnback point and there is no way the runners could have worked this out. Clearly a sign to back up the marshal would have helped.
Enough of that. This is a great Autumn marathon for those who live in Kent. I hope to do it again.
For those thinking about doing it next year, the first half is quite busy, as the half-marathon runners add to the numbers. The second half can be quite lonely. For a few km, from about 23km to 27km, I could see practically no-one in front of me. I was worried I'd taken the wrong route, but I hadn't. For much of the race the runners share the route with walkers, dogs, joggers, people drinking tea, etc. Most of these were very supportive, as were the marshals. For some reason for the last 10km I was running very close to others, which I prefer.
Please keep it up TRAC. I think you're great, but do think about marshals and signs for 2014. Date of review: September 2, 2013
In short: Terrible marshalling and unsympathetic towards my complaint In full: This race had great potential. Bit blowy being on the coast, but with good form PB is possible. However, terrible marshalling at 19miles ment myself and 6 other missed a hair pin turn, resulting in running an additional 2.7miles (yep on top of a full marathon) when eventually tracking the missing marshall down, we were then told it was our fault and recvd abuse on top of that! Not only was I at the time around the podium places, but wason for acomfortable PBof around 2hrs 54/55mins. Also my main reason for running this race was that it was part (or so I was told 10 days before the race) of the Kent Champs series. Only to find out on the day that the senior Kent Champs had been scrapped. Coming from someone who races 20+ races plus a full XC season this is by far and away the worst race I have been part of! Please take this onboard before thinking of entering next years race! Date of review: September 2, 2013
In short: A sunny Sunday marathon in my home town. What could be better? In full: Feel a bit sorry for the guy who wrote the first (damning) review; I wasn't quick enough to have similar problems!
The first half had more evil climbs than I had expected, but the second 13 miles of the run -- howling wind off the sea notwithstanding -- were a complete joy. It's my home town marathon, y'see, and being able to run through Westgate being cheered on by family (while stealing half of my niece's pint) made it a special day.
Great value. Water stations at regular intervals, plenty of carb gels, friendly marshalling, and a technical t-shirt at the end. All for £19! Fab.
This might be my last-ever marathon, but if it isn't and if the missus ever gives me permission to do another, I'd love to do this again. Date of review: September 2, 2013
In short: Lack of marshall at key point ruined whole race In full: Unfortunatley my view of the race is exactly the same as Dave Ross. I was in equal 2nd place with him at the 20 mile mark when the marshall had gone awol. This resulted in 4 of us doing almost an additional 3 miles, my garmin came in at 28.9 miles. I was on target for my first sub 3 marathon after finishing london in 3hours and 6 seconds but this was not to be. Due to this I would not do the marathon again, which is a shame as it does have lots of good features. Date of review: September 2, 2013