In short: A testing challenge but fun In full: You certainly know that you have run this one! Great spririt amongst the runners and marshals with a lot of encouragement throughout the run. Not a race for me, more of a personal challenge which I hope to repeat and try to run a little bit more up Box Hill next time without slowing to a walk. The final, easier, hill felt just as hard as Box Hill after the others, but a great descent helped get dead legs moving again. Well done to all finishers, marshals for their support and the organisers for not giving up after last year's teething problems and coming back with an end of year event that will be one of the first to tick on the list for next year.
In short: The marshals made this a great run In full: A special thanks to the marshals and support on the course. Some of them put so much effort into encouraging runners that they were beginning to lose their voices. Hopefully a few well deserved drinks will have resolved that now.
A very cold morning but turned into a warm morning after the start.
Hills didn't seem as bad as last year, knowing that there was a nice downhill stretch after each hill helped.
Great views from the North Downs in the sunshine took mind off the running.
One to recommend and do again.
4 minutes quicker than last year and i didn't finish tired, not being able to put one foot in front of the other or trip over the marquee guy rope this year so must have finished stronger.
Only minor comment re directions which direct drivers to the start but not to the HQ carpark which was a longish dog leg drive away. Date of review: October 16, 2011
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