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
In short: Well organised fast course through lovely countryside In full: First time I have done this and loved it. This course has definite pb potential (I knocked over a minute off mine today) and only has one hill to speak of which is just after the 7km marker. My Garmin measured the hill as being just 250m long so this shouldn't worry people too much although it is a little steep.
There seemed to be quite a few downhill stretches throughout the course too. From around 8k onwards it is slowly going downhill with a very fast final km to finish (this was my fastest km despite being the last one)
Well organised parking, clubhouse selling burgers, hot dogs etc and tea/coffee so good for spectators too.
Overall, I am glad I did it this year and I'll be back next year. Date of review: February 17, 2008
In short: I am posting a review of the 10k rather than half-marathon so..... In full: An excellent race. From the well-marshalled car park to the more than adequate toilets (seeing the "sit downs" vacant with 10 minutes to go to the start is a first for me).
The course itself is very tough. 2.5 laps of the track with no real flat bits. A tough tough hill near the second grandstand that you have to do twice is the highlight. I was around a minute off my pb which reflects the nature of the course and the fact I have been suffering with a virus this week !
Marshalls are encouraging on the way round, and you could catch the water station 3 times which is unheard of for a 10k. Another plus is that the entire race takes place on the track so no traffic and no change of terrain. I notice some people spoke about the camber last year but I didn't think this was much of a problem.
And the goody bag ! For my £8 entrance fee I received a personalised medal, foil blanket, bottled water, energy bar, t-shirt, 100 page running book (rrp £9.99)and a bum-bag / cycle bag. If I ever get better value for money than that I will be amazed.
Overall a very good experience. I finished 4th which I was well pleased with. I will definitely be back next year and will try to bring some others with me.
Massive well done to the organisers and other runners. Roll on BH 2009. Date of review: February 9, 2008
In short: Was very impressed by this first-time event In full: Decent race HQ, good parking arrangements, escorted to the start-line, accurate km markers, encouraging marshalls, very quick traffic-free course, free soup afterwards and a nice, personalised medal - all for £6 which is a bargain when you consider what we all pay elsewhere.
First half of the course is very quick and second half constantly undulates but not with any killer hills to speak of. The course, whilst not being picnic potential was well thought out and worked very well. I PB'd here today despite feeling under the weather so others should have an even better chance.
I will be back next year - well done to the organisers and I bet this one grows in popularity as it is well organised and fills a nice hole in the racing calendar !
In short: Another fantastic Ashford 10k In full: Seems to get better and better each year. Organisation is spot-on, course is unchanged but why change a winning formula ? Marshals are really encouraging and the Ashford locals seem to be taking more of an interest each year - there were loads out this year.
Grabbed a PB too - beating the time I set during this race last year.
Can't recommend this race enough, I will be back every year and definitely one of my favourite races.
Huge thumbs up to the race organisers !!! Date of review: October 7, 2007
In short: Lovely flat race along the seafront with definite PB potential In full: Great marshals & great value race. Hill at 12 miles warrants caution but you run down it at the start so you are well aware of it.
Nice to see last year's problems with mile markers all sorted this year too - they were spot on.
Overall a great race and I would definitely recommend it to others. Date of review: October 1, 2007
In short: A well-organised, friendly race In full: First time of doing this one and it has definite PB potential - if the weather is right. After a slight climb at the start the next few kms are flat or downhill followed by a slight climb on grass at 4k. The rest is flat along the prom.
A headwind on the return leg and pulled calf muscle at 6k meant no PB for me but it is a distinct possibility nonetheless.
As this is run on a bank holiday there is good support along the way (particularly the last 2/3k) and you have the psychological boost of seeing the finishing area below the trees well before you actually reach it.
Overall a good race, well done Canterbury Harriers and I will be back next year.
PS - Book early as this one always seems to oversubscribe. Date of review: May 10, 2007
In short: Great race. Nice scenery. Well organised. In full: Managed to reduce my pb from 1.36 to 1.27 on this course. First couple of miles are quite congested - not helped by the morons who start from the sub-1.15 pen and then set off doing 10 minute miles (tip for these people - don't get stroppy with people like me who are practically running up your backs after 1/2 mile)
Scenery was really nice and don't get fazed by the stories of hills. Yes there are three main hills @ 3, 6 & 8.5 miles but there are loads of really fast downhill parts to build up a good head of steam. Just treat the hills with respect and you will be fine.