In short: So near and yet so far.... In full: It’s the first time I have participated in the event, and it was incredibly well organised.
I have never seen a course map in such great detail, which really helped those of us who were not familiar with the area (whoever said Kent was flat?!?). I don't think it could be described as 'mildly undulating', more likely hilly. Having said that I was only 50 seconds outside my marathon PB which was set on the very flat Amsterdam course.
The marshals were amazing, encouraging and smiling!
Bottled water was ideal for those of us who didn't want to carry water around 26 miles.
The commemorative medal at the end was impressive as the 1/2 and full marathon have different designs.
Finally, the contents of the finishing bag were well thought out.
Like others, my only 'comment' would be the queues for the toilets. Date of review: September 3, 2012
In short: Wonderfully organised and runs like clockwork In full: This is the third year I have run this event, and each time it has been well organised. the route is clealry marked with km markers along the way. The best touch is a handshake at the end from the Race Director. In previous years the 'goody' bag has been a 'spike' bag, a sandwich cool bag, both of whcih were excellent quality and still being used. This years medal was a surprise, but loved the Diamond Jubilee ribbon! Well done to all involved. Date of review: May 15, 2012
In short: Fun and runner friendly course In full: It was an incredibly well organised race. Yes there was a slight mix up about the race time, with all information indicating a 10am start and then the final details from the event organiser indicating 10.30am, so a 10.15am start was a good compromise as everyone should have arrived by that point anyway. It was a runner friendly course, traffic free, level running surface, one slight incline, great support from passing walkers and the odd dog. The wind was a bit frisky, but only to be expected from a coastal course. The marshals were exceptionally friendly, and despite the low turnout were positive and encouraging. I'll be back next year as the goodies and the engraved medal were well worth the entry fee. Date of review: April 9, 2012
In short: Fun, friendly and well worth the effort In full: I thoroughly enjoyed running the Bungay marathon which was my 2nd marathon, I even managed a PB! The hills were a killer the second time around, but I was coping okay until the 1/2 marathon runners came past me as I was completing the hills. It was demoralising, and brought me down to earth, as they do leave you standing!
Excellent organisation, though having done BBDRC events before, I wasn't surprised, they do manage to get it right every time.
The marshals, spectators and locals were really encouraging, and I am intending to do it again next year. Date of review: June 4, 2010