In short: My second time of running this fast course In full: A very well organised race. The course works very well with plenty of downhills to counter a few drags up hill. Last few kms seem to be more up than down and this is where my potential PB died on it's arse today.
Well done to all involved in organising this one. My only minor gripe was getting a medal with last year's race date and details on. I'll be back next year. Date of review: December 27, 2009
In short: Challenging wet and windy run by the sea In full: After the freak weather conditions of last year (ie calm and not raining) we were treated to another classic Thanet 10 backdrop of driving rain on the way out and "challenging" headwinds on the way back. But, hey, this is December by the seaside.
Despite the bad weather quite a few PB'd here which was surprising. It is a fast and flat course with just a couple of short inclines. As with all Thanet Roadrunners' races the organisation and marshalls are first class. On a calmer day this course is a PB dream. Date of review: December 9, 2009
In short: A great but tough course through some beautiful Kent countryside In full: This was my first time of doing this one and the organisation was very impressive. There were actually enough toilets for the runners for one.
The course winds its way through some truly beautiful scenery along quiet country roads. Not much of it seems flat, it undulates all the time with a climb out of Petham and a much steeper, tougher hill after the 10 mile marker which is probably the worst hill of any race around this part of Kent. Those looking for PB's may not find them here.
The course reminded me a little of the Watford half-marathon in terms of the country lanes and undulations but the hill towards the end of this one makes it a bit more difficult. Still, after the hill has been nailed you have got 2 miles of gentle downhill to the end.
Overall, a great course, great race and great organisation. Well done to all involved. Date of review: May 25, 2009
In short: A pancake flat course let down by some basic errors In full: When they say the course is flat. I mean, it is really flat. Really, really flat. Headwind for most of the last 4 miles was a pain in the proverbial. For anyone chasing a PB it is well worth doing.
Some real basics were missing. I won't go on about the water stations as others already have said it all. I always carry my water bottle with me and I was very glad I did so today. 1st station at 4 miles ???
I know it is difficult to get marshalls to turn out to attend races but I don't think I heard any of them mutter one word of encouragement all the way round. They obviously didn't want to be there. The marshall just after the 12 mile mark was especially rude. Wasn't even wearing a vest, didn't even motion which direction to take until I was almost past him which almost led to me taking a wrong turn into the finishing part.
Not having water close to the finishing line was a real schoolboy error. Yes, it was only a short walk to get some but after having run 13 miles it is nice to have it a little closer.
Shame, as all these things are quite easy to put right but, until they are, I won't be doing this one again. Date of review: March 8, 2009
In short: Nice hilly jaunt around Ramsgate and Broadstairs In full: I liked the new course. I liked the medal so chunky you could use it as a discus. I liked the shoe bag. couldn't quite understand the comments and complaints about having to run parts of the course on residential roads around housing estates. Come on guys, this is a 20 mile route around coastal towns. Yes you will occasionally need to run down a residential road which is slightly less visually pleasing than say a beach or a lighthouse. But what did you really expect ? The Pyramids of Giza ? The Hanging Gardens of Babylon ? Date of review: March 4, 2009
In short: My favourite race - I was back for the 4th year running In full: I love this one. I always comment on how good it is - the course, the stadium finish, the closed roads, the marshalls. The locals are increasingly taking this race to their hearts and there were more of them out this year than ever - really appreciated and hopefully this will keep on growing.
The best 10k in Kent bar none. I will certainly be making it 5 in a row next year. Well done to all the organisation team. Date of review: October 12, 2008
In short: A well organised race and a credit to Folkestone Running Club / Rotary Organisation In full: Not sure what it is about this race. On paper it is a nailed on PB but I have never really run that well here in the 3 years I have done it. The support from the locals and marshalls is growing by the year and is fantastic. Pretty flat bar "the hill" at the end which you need to get at least a minute in the bank for if you are chasing a PB.
I have done every one so far and I'll be back next year as I think this one has the potential to grow into a massive race in the coming years.
Well done to everyone involved in organising this race and a big thanks to the marshalls who were very vocal and very encouraging. Date of review: September 28, 2008
In short: Tough jaunt round the Thanet coast In full: Dry sand, wet sand, rock pools, knee deep seaweed, sand dunes, near vertical climbs, stairs, this race has the lot and much more besides. Not often you get welcomed in by a large airbourne squid.
Makes the Hellrunner look like a poncey jog around the park. Tough, tough, tough but woke up smiling just thinking about it today !!!
Just do it as they say......... Date of review: September 22, 2008
In short: Undulating course through some lovely Kent countryside In full: This race had been recommended to me by some people at the running club so thought I would give it a crack. First 5k was flatish or downhill but two hills (one at 6k and one at 6.6k) put paid to any pb thoughts. The one at 6.6k deserves respect but the others aren't that bad really. Just don't expect to run a negative split here !!
All for a good cause so no problems from me with lack of medal/momento etc.
A good race and I'll be back. Date of review: May 18, 2008
In short: Nice bank holiday jaunt along the seafront In full: This course, given the right conditions, is pure speed. We were blessed with light winds this year which made all the difference. I finished quite quickly so no problems at the end but I did wonder what the queues were all about later on.
I beat my pb here by a minute which gives you an indication of the course. Date of review: May 18, 2008