In short: Still in my Top 5 fave events In full: The new slightly revised course didn't change my opinion of this event. It is an excellent half marathon, one of my top 5 events of the year and will remain one to look forward to next year. A welcoming family spirit exudes from the organisers and marshals touching all runners who take part. The new start/finish at Denbies adds a little drama to the morning helpful marshals and volunteers made number collection and bag drop easy. Despite the best efforts of some locals removing signage, a pre race run through by local club runners and the organiser ensured that the route was well marked and manned at all turns by enthusiastic, attentive marshals. Water stations were in all the right places with gel for those who were beginning to flag on the hills. The course itself is superb, if you have never run a half marathon or tried a trail run before this is an ideal one to start with. Free beer for those that want it, nice tech T (although not quite as classic as last years design, hopefully the badgers will be back for 2012 ) and Fine Fettle on hand for post run massages. Walk, run, race, win. Indeed everyone is a winner at The Badger. Date of review: October 14, 2011
In short: A great race to run In full: It was so hot but managed to complete my first marathon. Liked having the relay running alongside the main event as all runners encouraged each other as they passed. Regular water stations, marshals superb as were the people of Jersey who turned out to encourage us through the heat.Shame it was too hot for many who DNF. Finishing First Marathon 10/10 Running through the cheering crowd of runners at the first few crossovers 10/10 Shouts of come on Serpie on the way round 10/10 Cameraderie of other runners pacing and encouraging each other across the line 10/10 Everyone on the beach cheering us along the final 2 miles 10/10 Police motorbike that stayed with Lizzie all the way to the finish 10/10 Organiser and marshals chering in Lizzie, last finisher 10/10 Lizzie for carrying on through the heat while others stopped 10/10 Date of review: October 2, 2011
In short: Tough training run In full: Did the Half Marathon. Hats off to those who completed the full marathon. A good strength building course, hilly with a few leg sapping sandy stretches, lovely forest trails and nice views. Would be perfect if... Mile markers were accurate and visible A little more space at the waterstations so that the water and food was not so close together - at one the lady with jelly babies was holding the box with her back to the runners so not easy to spot that they were available. Separate the goody bag and rehydration area to avoid queuing and make it easier for runners to get fluids at the finish. Date of review: September 19, 2011
In short: Thanks and see you next year In full: Organisation 10/10 Scenery 10/10 Marshalls 10/10 Hills 10/10 Mud 10/10 Other runners 10/10 Beer at the end 10/10 and I don't drink For waiting for Lizzie 10/10
In short: thanks to the volunteers and marshals In full: nice race, tough in places, the hills sneak up on you, makes you realise how nice the countryside is around the M25 and Thames estuary. Second best volunteers and marshals in the country (after Bromley parkrun) every road junction well manned and traffic held back, drinks, bananas and sponges at the many feed stations along the way and enthusiastic support from all. Thanks. Date of review: July 24, 2011
In short: A good family fun run In full: Ideal for beginners, not too serious 5K aimed at families, fund raisers and beginners followed by a 2K. A lot of things you would expect from a larger event - Massage, Warm Up, Local radio PA, T-Shirt and medal. Although not intended as a timed - against the clock race it would be nice if a way could be found to add timing to future events. A flat 2 lap course on tarmac and grass using much of the well established Norman Park, Saturday Parkrun route. ( 9 am every Saturday, register in advance - http://www.parkrun.org.uk/bromley/ ;) ) Excellent volunteer marshals from the local cadets. The wonderful weather making it a little warm for runners but great for those staying on afterwards to picnic in the park. Date of review: April 10, 2011
In short: Thanks for helping my wife finish her first marathon In full: I pulled out after 16 miles, not wanting to aggravate leg problems by going back up those hills. The organisers obviously had many problems getting this new Marathon 'running' and the route could have been better for first timers but thanks to the great support of other runners and the marshals and my wife's determination she finished. There were ample water. food stations and support on the first part of the run through Battle. Having witnessed a driver with horse box forcing runners into the hedgerow and a Subaru driver using the country lane as a drag strip with the bonus of hitting runners it is easy to see the problems that the organisers might have faced with the locals.
Hopefully they are able to deal with these issues and the locals might realise that have several hundred runners with families, many staying in hotels and B+B is a financial boost to the local community.
I hope to do the missing 10 miles next year :) Date of review: April 3, 2011
In short: wouldn't like to live next door to the lady banging her kitchen pans:) In full: Good atmosphere all around the route. Slightly difficult to navigate around the bed, but full marks to the guys pushing it all the way around. Too many people wearing headphones not able to hear polite requests to move aside when passing them. Wasn't there for a goody bag so not really too concerned that they had run out but having finished in the top half of the field I am surprised that they had run out before I finished and a shame for those finishing towards the back who tend to be non club runners/first timers and appreciate these. Finish area a bit chaotic, managed to squash a little dog being dragged around by someone - sorry, but don't always look down when trying to find out where the water station is at the end of a run. Then I was knocked around by so many non runners keen to greet others that the first cup of tea I managed to hold securely after finishing was empty by the time I found a safe space to drink any of it. The bit between passing the bed and tea soaking was good fun though even if i did struggle badly for the final 2 miles. Date of review: March 21, 2011
In short: well organised 20 miler In full: Well done Alan and Nicky for a smooth, well organised event. All marshals deserve praise for their support especially those on the final turn who cheered my wife ( running towards the bak of the race )all the way up the road. Plenty of water and gels in just the right places. Results out by the time I had driven home. Date of review: March 13, 2011
In short: It's what running shoes were made for. In full: Brilliant morning run. Superb marshals and local support, a mini carnival in Kent. Rolling, undulating course rather than anything too aggressive. Plenty of water and gel stations. Still unpacking all the giveaways in the goody bag, a lovely medal and a T-Shirt which you could collect before the start to ensure sizing. Well done TWH. PS IF Liz Yelling has no use for those Newton Shoes I know someone who does:) Date of review: February 27, 2011