2012 Kent Coastal Marathon

New Race HQ for a long established marathon and half

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28/03/2012 at 19:31
Once again hosting the Kent County Championships and Southern Counties Vets Championships Thanet Roadrunners are pleased to announce a new Race HQ at Palm Bay School.  With lovely views along the Thanet coastline, the most enthusiastic marshals on the planet and a varied course no wonder entries are increasing. 
28/03/2012 at 20:38

Thanks for the info JFDI, may well enter this as it's local to family,  sounds a nice scenic course too. Did the A20 marathon in November and finished just outside 4 hours, so would like to dip under that this year.

04/04/2012 at 10:55
Hi JFDI, I'm in. Last ran it in 2007 when I turned 50 and now aged 55 I want to beat my time this year
04/04/2012 at 12:48
Yay Redhead - would you like number 55?
04/04/2012 at 14:01
Oooh yes please
04/04/2012 at 15:42
Cool - if you private message me your name I'll save it for you!
26/04/2012 at 22:21
I just done my first marathon recently and  this one is looking very appealing for my second!
26/04/2012 at 22:32

I've just entered ....... This will be my first marathon, and I'm really looking forward it.

Not too sure I'm looking forward to doing the 20+ mile training runs, but at least an autumn marathon means I get to do those during the spring / summer rather than when it is cold and pouring with rain


26/04/2012 at 23:10

Young pup it was my first last year at 51 (old dog!) but its a great course passing through Cliftonville, broadstairs, ramsgate margate westgate birchington minnis bay coastline... a very scenic well marshalled event and bloomin affordable! which is allways going to get my vote ( when im now having to spend £250 a month on fuel for work!) the most miles i did in training was 14 miles and one 18 miler 10 days prior to the event, dont worry about the last few miles, the need to finish will carry you home, that and the super thanet club marshalls with thier bags of jelly babies

Rick (proud to be.... Thanet Roadrunner)

27/04/2012 at 07:47
Thanks Rick - I'm a big fan of jelly babies, so will be looking forward to it even more now!

The course sounds great, and I love running by the sea. I grew up on the coast, and a lot of my teenage running was along coastal paths, and there's something very pleasing about having a huge expanse of water to look at, and the sound of waves and seagulls to listen to. Hopefully this will help detract from the pain in my legs and the beating of my heart during the final few miles.....
27/04/2012 at 19:00
I'm running my first marathon this Sunday. Preparation was going great until March but due to injuries, I've only managed a handful of runs since. Add to that the apocalyptic weather forecast, I don't think Sunday is going to be much fun.
So the Kent Coastal sounds like a perfect way to bounce back and get the 3:45 I was training for. I'm definitely in.
27/04/2012 at 21:50

I can second the positive reports on this race.  I did the marathon last year, while my husband did the half.  We are both doing the marathon this year and looking forward to it.  Nice course, well organised and lovely marshalls.

JFDI, is there a post code for the school please?  Makes life easier with the SatNav.  

Alan, hope the marathon on Sunday goes OK.  The weather may not be too bad, it seems as though it is the SE corner of the UK that is going to be worst on Sunday. 

28/04/2012 at 14:07
I'm post London and suffering running withdrawal!
Think would like to do this. Crowds in London and constantly havIng to alter pace due to crowds left me outside target time at 4:03
Is this a chip timed race?
28/04/2012 at 20:22
I was just about to press the button to enter Dingle on the 1st Sept when I took a call from daughter no 2, aghast that we were going to Dingle without her, hubby and 2 grandchildren! ( S.i.L.proposed to her there). So I think that it's postponed until 2013 when they'll come along, also to intending to run. (Half?)
Sooooo, I'm looking for another marathon, and as they live in Ashford, this sounds good...... Except.... I don't think I can run without my iPhone. I know that's contentious ( I know, I know, I know, all the reasons why) and it may make me a "fake" runner, but I really don't think I can manage 26.2 without my inspirational tunes, distracting podcasts and audiobook.
... Help!
PS. I only ever use one headphone, so I can always actually hear everything around me.
28/04/2012 at 20:51

ffRAN, I  used to feel the same way until I ran without headphones last year at a race that didn't allow them, I swear its's the best thing I done and I have not looked back! I didn't do this race last year for the same reason, just give running a short distance at first without the tunes and you will soon realise 9hopefully) how music is really a distraction and the you get much more from your runs without them.

Saying that I still like to listen to my music./podcasts on training runs .

28/04/2012 at 21:06
Thanks, Sharon. You give me hope! X
I would really like to do this as the timing is right for me with other races scheduled.
28/04/2012 at 22:45

Hi Siony,

It wasn't chip-timed last year, it's probably too small for it to be cost-efficient.  If it helps, I was at the back of the line-up and it only took 1 1/2 mins to get over the start.

29/04/2012 at 08:06

ffFran - sorry but we have to enforce the no headphones rule - and many runners have said how much they enjoy it!  The course is not traffic free and it is just too risky.

Postcode for school is CT9 3PP

Rosemary you are right - its not cost efficient and we like to keep our races as good a value for money as possible and the benefits of chip timing currently don't outweigh the costs.

I am on holiday for virtually the whole of May so no more entries will be updated till June - check the website to make sure we have received your entry - there is one waiting at the post office as someone didn't put the right postage on!

09/05/2012 at 20:06

Is there a route map

10/05/2012 at 15:08

Here you go Bazz, a link to the newly measured course map...


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