In short: Well organised, marshalled and supported race! In full: Rolling parkland course in Maidstone's Mote Park, well organised, plenty of supportive marshall's, distance markers and signs to make sure nobody got lost, plenty of support on the course and especially the end and all for a good cause! Excellent all around. Date of review: September 20, 2009
In short: Flat, quick course with a few organisational issues... In full: First the negatives...
1) No toilets anywhere near the start, the public ones were closed (long term) and the portaloo there was locked, local Bell Inn hotel was accomodating, but limit to their patience with runners walking through breakfast!
2) Called to the start too early, organised into a "wave" start by number rather than speed. Would have been much better to let people sort themselves into "fast", "moderate" and "slow" runners. As it was within the first 5 minutes lots of quick runners trying to get past the slow ones on the narrow/uneven part of the course. Set the 6k runners off with the others or behind but I think in front was the worst option. 3) Starter was hard to understand, the chap in the grey t-shirt was much clearer! 4) No medals, will be posted later... 5) Two of the drinks stations near the end had run out of supplies by the time I went past (58 minutes for the 10k) 6) The course seemed short - Garmin had it at 9.42k and Google Maps at 9.5k or so... 7) Very warm day, suggest a race at this time of the year could start a little earlier? 9am or 9.30am rather than 10am perhaps? The crop irrigation system and breeze was very welcome at about the 8km point!! 8) The "sticky" numbers weren't too sticky! Mine came off and saw several others blowing around the course. Old fashioned safety pins to the rescue!
And the positives!
1) Very flat fast course with lots of PB potential. 2) Very well marshalled with encouraging smiles and waves, no danger of getting lost! 3) Nice friendly atmosphere with a range of runners for a good cause. 4) Plenty of water stations for the distance, just a couple had run out later on!
Overall just needs a couple of tweaks, but very enjoyable and will be back next year!
In short: Flat, fast and friendly In full: Easy free parking, course very flat with a water station at the turnaround. Nice medal and very well marshalled and organised. Children's race at the start made it family friendly and 99% traffic free. Made a PB time! Excellent all around! Date of review: August 15, 2009
In short: Hills not quite as bad as we were expecting! In full: Rolling hills through miles 2 to 4 or so, but the last part relatively flat. Part of a summer fete so plenty to do for everyone before and after and plenty of "recovery" treats available! Marshalls excellent, very smoothly organised and encouraging. Throw in a Spitfire flypast too and a very pleasant afternoon indeed! Date of review: July 19, 2009
In short: First 10k - loved every metre of it In full: Even the hill's! The buzz and enjoyment I got from taking part is what my running is all about. Tad frustrated with the queue to get over the footbridge at the end - might have done it in sub 1hr rather than 1hr 53 secs! Date of review: October 16, 2008