In short: I love this race In full: This was the first race I ever did 2 years ago and being as tough as it is has made most other Half Marathons a piece of cake by comparison. I know there are tougher ones around but not too many. My advice to novices is to walk hill ten, it works for me. Date of review: May 25, 2008
In short: Great views, nice and flat. In full: Like a number of others I was a bit puzzled about the not very well publicised changes to the start and finish points. I would much rather have finished on the recreation ground next to HQ than in a trading estate across a busy road.
To be fair, they did keep announcing that you had to make your way back to HQ for goody bag but in all the general noise of the last half hour before the start a number of people probably didn't hear that.
All told I enjoyed the run but the start and finish arrangements took the shine off it a bit which is why I would only rate it as a maybe. Date of review: May 19, 2008
In short: Flat, fast, definite PB material In full: I enjoyed the race, good support from locals, marshalls excellent.
My only comment is that there seemed to be problems with the chip times. I was given a time which I know was 40 seconds too generous (not that I am complaining) but a lot of people in the forum for this race were given times a minute slower than they thought they should be. A lot of people seem to have been affected in the same way so it might be something for PWAC to look into.
Otherwise a great race, a great day out and I will certainly be back. Date of review: March 31, 2008
In short: A great race, flat and fast In full: This was the first time I have run at Folkestone and was very impressed. The organisation was great. I was especially grateful for the yellow arrows out at the M20 junction directing you all the way to HQ, very thoughtful and handy. There were actually other toilets available as well as the British Legion, though to be fair a few extra portalooswould not have gone amiss. The young girl doing the refreshments could have been doing with an extra pair of hands but hey, everybody doing these things is a volunteer and we all needs to remember that when we post negative comments.
All told I thought the marshalls were great, very supportive and encouraging, thanks to you all and I will definitely be back Date of review: March 22, 2008
In short: A great race and good preparation for FLM In full: As one of the first reviewers of the 2008 race let me lay my cards on the table, I am a member of TRRAC but not on the organizing committee.
There were big problems with the lack of toilets and restricted parking. As I understand it, because of the fact that today is Mothers Day Pfizers who allow their social club to be used as the HQ had a number of functions on and as result had large parts of the premises locked off, including the showers and toilets. Both this and the fact that one area of land for parking was not available at a late stage contributed to the problems.
However, having said that, the start was delayed until the toilet queue had gone and there were, as everybody was told in their joining instructions, public toilets at regular intervals throughout the course.
I enjoyed the race, I thought it had a great atmosphere, the weather was much better than last year and so was my time, so I am not complaining.
An earlier reviewer who has done the Thanet 20 since 1992 (which says a lot for a start) said that he hoped that this was a hiccup, anybody who does Thanet races regularly will know that it is. Date of review: March 2, 2008
In short: Like Arnie, I'll be back In full: This was my first time at this event and was very impressed. Like others passing comments this year I got a PB. Knowing in advance that the last 2km is downhill gives you a nice warm glow.
The great weather also helped. Marshalls were excellent and very supportive, many thanks folks, it makes a big difference and we all appreciate the work you do.
Two small gripes, I nearly missed the turning from the A251, could have been doing with an arrow pointing out where the lane was. Secondly, like somebody else, we could probably have done with a few portaloos as I am sure the folk who lived on the lane near the start did not appreciate the large number of men using the bushes opposite their houses! Date of review: February 18, 2008
In short: Good, BUT In full: This is the second time I have done this race. Last year I got a longsleeved top which has come in very useful, this year I got a medal which will go in a drawer with the others.
The marshalls out on the course were very supportive, but the start was chaotic, people did not know when we were off.
The Park and Ride was a good idea but nobody was able to tell me where the bus left from on the way back and yet there were signs up on the road back telling you how to get back to the Park and Ride. A nice big one where the bus started from would have been helpful. I asked two marshalls and a policeman who each gave me a different answer and so ended up walking back to the Car Park Date of review: January 28, 2008
In short: A great day out In full: As always a well organised, terrific race. The course is very flat and has good PB potential unless the infamous Thanet winds get up as it did this year, but hey, that's half the fun. It would be boring if every race was in lovely weather. Date of review: December 3, 2007
In short: Great race, well organised, lovely scenery, not too demanding. In full: Thiswas the first time I have run this and will definitely be back. A good run for beginners, the worst uphill stretch isright at the beginning, after that it is pretty straightforwardwith some good downhill stretches. Date of review: September 9, 2007