In short: Well organised half marathon In full: Enjoyable half marathon. Nicely undulating course through countryside lanes. Lots of marshals and spectators out on the course. Heavy rain before the race meant a pretty mashed up village green, not helping the start but the race cannot start on the road. Results appeared promptly near the finish line. Not impressed with the number of runners with earphones on at the start line and could've been spotted. If you say you'll disqualify them, please do so... Date of review: February 17, 2015
In short: Great race with a flat route through the kent countryside In full: Big improvement on the previous years race. The race HQ was a big improvement, but there seems to be a need for more toilets which led to the race starting 10 minutes late. The course was good and well marshalled. I would like to say thank you to all the marshals and those who helped out at the water station who all did a great job. Last year I thought the mile markers were out, so this year I run with my Garmin and the course was marked out accurately, I could not fault it. The course is not pancake flat but as I had run it the previous year I already knew this. I really enjoyed the race and I am already looking forward to running it again next year. Date of review: February 16, 2015
In full: Really friendly race, not totally flat but still a fast course. Accurate distance and good value. Would be good if it could be made affiliated so times could go onto power of 10. Would definitely do it again and recommend it to friends Date of review: February 15, 2015
In short: Friendly small scale half marathon In full: Very friendly small scale half marathon, completely different atmosphere to the 'big' local halves coming up on the next few weeks. Some people were moaning about the queuing for everything at the start- it didn't really matter, the race was just delayed for a few minutes so that no one was left behind. Flat Kentish countryside, more undulating than Paddock Wood, but nothing you could really call a hill. Friendly supportive marshals. Well done Date of review: February 15, 2015
In short: OK, room for improvement In full: On the positive side: a pleasant course, well-marshalled (thanks guys!), reasonably flat (though quite not the pancake I expected!), and pretty much traffic free. So far, so good.
I have two gripes, which shouldn't be too difficult to resolve...
1) pre-race organisation was a bit chaotic. The queue for numbers should have been far better managed. Putting sponsors/local sports businesses into the sports hall while people are queueing just cramped the available space and didn't help anyone. The fact that the start of the race had to be delayed because people were still queuing for numbers/toilets is an unfortunate symptom of underestimating how many people will converge at once on a small space.
2) Mile markers were inaccurate! The total distance was spot-on - but each mile marker from 1 - 12 was slightly ahead of my watch; as I passed 12 my watch read 11.60 miles. However, from 12 - 13.1 it made up the distance and measured out at 1.5 miles. That was a bit frustrating.
All in all - not bad, and full of good intent - but room for improvement. Will give it another go. Date of review: February 15, 2015
In short: my favourite Kent half In full: I ran this last year and thoroughly enjoyed it. They have made a few changes and the race HQ was a massive improvement. The course is very fast with only some rolling slopes but nothing to throw you off your stride. Very friendly , well supported and only a handful of cars were seen in the whole race. I will definitely be back for 2016 as this is now a permanent fixture in my race calender. Date of review: February 15, 2015
In short: Quaint, flat, brilliant In full: A flat and scenic race that was well worth doing. The organisation was very good and all in all it was well worth doing. The medal was a it basic for a half mara but to be fair, it was a cheap entry. The organiser was talking at the start but could do with a megaphone as we couldn't hear a word he was saying. But the course goes through lovely scenery, great marshals and was well organised. I will definitely o this again. P.S. The website states no headphones so please do NOT attempt to wear them! Date of review: February 15, 2015
In short: Lovely new local event, lets support these! In full: Great that water was given out in a bottle at midway point, marshalls all cheery and people along the route were encouraging to everyone. First HM and really enjoyed it, bit of a squeeze in local pub at start, loos etc, but isnt that a sign that the race is popluar and sure this'll be addressed accordingly with numbers in mind for future events here. As flat as can reasonably be found, don't understand the negative comments about course description as these were not hills!!!) Plan to run it next year :) Date of review: August 1, 2014