In short: Flat and friendly In full: Well organised and good support throughout. Bit weird running at that time and going by runners at different parts of the course could be uplifting but equally demoralising. Good race though. Date of review: July 3, 2016
In short: Brilliant race In full: Really well organised no thrills event. Basic and simple yet so enjoyable. Running 8 laps of an industrial estate mostly in the dark will not appeal to most runners, but that's what makes this event different. With a field of around 170 runners this year, the camaraderie was great and this is one of the few marathons that I want to come back and run again next year. Date of review: July 3, 2016
In short: Nice scenery and good organisation, definitely recommended. In full: This was my first triathlon so these opinions are based on no previous experience.
We arrived around 09:30 for a 10:30 start and were able to park in the leisure centre car park which was a big plus. Picking up the race pack only took a few minutes as did applying the temporary tattoo race numbers then getting transition set up. It all quite low key and relaxed.
The swim was in a 25m pool and that was all well organized and fuss free. The cycle was a pleasant, pretty flat route through the countryside, lots of marshals to point you in the right direction at junctions, I never felt there was any risk of getting lost. The run was ok, some scenery but a fair amount through housing estates, a few inclines and the railway bridge at the end was hard work. The finish was nice as you were given your medal straight away and offered a tray of jelly babies and jaffa cakes, drinks and bananas.
After finishing you could go to the results tent at the end of the course and get a printout of your timings, that was nice. The goody bag was ok and I was a little disappointed that the medal was a generic Xtra Mile medal, only the ribbon was printed with the event.
I think the organisation was overall absolutely fine. The one miss I feel was at the end of the bike leg where you enter the car park and you share the road with people arriving for their event walking across the entry to transition, I did it myself when I arrived getting in someone's way and I didn't enjoy having to weave around bikes and pedestrians whilst trying to get to transition, it was an unwelcome distraction, I feel there should have been better separation of traffic. I also had a heck of a job getting the temporary tattoos off, they felt a bit OTT.
The web site also mentioned there would be a way to follow the event online which I thought would be fun for the kids but that never materialized. It also said there would be a free photo which I've not had yet but, to be fair it was only yesterday so maybe that's on the way.
Despite a negative or two though I really enjoyed it, it was all pretty well organized and efficient but had a low-key, relaxed atmosphere, not remotely intimidating for a first-timer. I'll definitely be looking to do it next year. Date of review: May 16, 2016
In short: Great introduction to multi-sport for even the most nervous beginner In full: I'm a runner keen to get into multisport events. This was my first event to include anything other than a run and it really helped that the exact details were explained via email and then again at the start - the emails even explained the sort of clothing that would be suitable. I was worried I would be a very slow swimmer, but there was a wide range of abilities in the pool and on the run. Date of review: May 1, 2016
In short: Whst's not to like? In full: Pretty much everything was good about this race. It helps when you have a fantastic setting, maybe the transition area was a but tight, but one of the highlights of my year. Date of review: November 18, 2015
In short: Great race, great course, great marshals. Simply great! In full: Did this as an end-of-season hit out before hanging up the wetsuit. Great venue and the pre-race organisation was excellent. 2 lap swim course, classic undulating bike course with no hard climbs, just a few uphill sections but otherwise pretty fast. Run is trail but I ran in race flats and would recommend. Nasty kick up after about 500m out of transition on each of the 2 laps and definitely not a flat route but so much nicer than hammering around a road route. Definitely an excellent way to close out the season. Date of review: October 18, 2015
In short: A really good event all round. In full: Sunday at The Hever Castle Triathlon weekend is a very good event. The only hiccup was parking at the start of the day causing a few competitors to miss their wave. It was well marshalled and challenging due to the hillyish run section of the Olympic distance. The swim was cold but fun and was a little novelty due to swimming down the river. The cycle was reasonably easy with no really steep hills at any point.
I'd definitely do it again next year. Date of review: September 27, 2015
In short: Good location, nice atmosphere, In full: Very nice people organising but the school facilities aren't good which is a shame because the location is great. Only 1 loo working at the pool and no hot water in showers. If you went up to the rugby pavilion there's boys' shared showers and a couple of gritty loos. None of this is very user friendly, especially for the ladies. Deserves to be a popular race so please get portaloos for next year. Date of review: July 5, 2015
In short: didn't quite get it right In full: The start of the race was delayed by some issues with the buoys, and this had negative impact on th equality of the experience. First and foremost, the standard swim course was too short by about 600-700m, which is a massive disappointment. Next, because of the delayed start, also the traffic became much heavier for the bike section. It was not necessarily dangerous but very unpleasant, esp. on the A31., and could have slowed some people on the otherwise very fast course. The run went without glitches but, again, the promenade got quite busy, with quite a few walkers, dogs, kids on scooters, etc. to dodge. Overall, if I had had to travel to race or been after a PB, I would now be seriously disappointed. But I wasn't, so it's just a not particularly good experience from my point of view which I'm not very keen to repeat. Date of review: July 5, 2015
In short: ideal first timers triathlon In full: loved this race! helped that it was close to home so have been practising route for ages!! so friendly for nervous first timers like me. Excellent organisation and pre race support from the leisure centre team...thanks so much. will be back next year!! Date of review: June 2, 2015
In short: Chilly In full: Definitely lived up to it's name this time. This is the fourth time I've come to do the Chilly, but the last 3 have been the November one, and not so cold. It was bitterly cold, but then, that's why it's called 'The Chilly'. The fact that this is the only race I've come back to that many times says a lot about it. Great race, great organisation, very friendly, great for slower racer. All round, great! Date of review: February 22, 2015
In short: the weather did not help! In full: This is a review of the 10k race only.The prevailing weather ensured that the race took place in rain,wind and mud. The organisation was OK except for the following. The marshalls were poor (apart from one!)and showed little interest in the proceedings.I am also not sure how the timing was calculated as I assume that the starters gun was the commencement of the race and the bar code swiper was the finish? This method was a bit hit and miss and therefore did not reflect an accurate time. Could have done with a medal? There was no goody bag - not that I am complaining. The tee-shirt had to be collected off a pile which was situated in an open fronted tent. Overall not a good impression! . Date of review: November 11, 2014