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
In short: From start to finish. One of the best runs. In full: No snow, no mud this year and although the Events to Live team hadn't been able to flatten the hills I managed to take 2 minutes off last years time. A really well organised race, hilly and hard but suitable for beginners wanting a challenging 10k, for every uphill there is a nice exhilarating run back down. Good views along the way despite the grey skies, almost all off road, apart from a few very short sections at the start and finish. Marshals supportive, vocal and did great job with directions. Very nice technical t-shirt and results out before getting home.
In short: shame about lack of attention at the finish In full: Great support of marshals and spectators along the route - locals and friends of other runners made a great effort even in the more remote parts of the course.
A real pity that there wasn't any water, fruit or jelly bean/babies at the finish especially considering the distance run.
The finish itself was a bit deflating, tucked away in a muddy lane, surely a final sprint across the grass to a Finishing line/banner would have been easy to have arranged - with bottles of water and fruit in same field.
Only knew about the memento because i had a bit of wait after finishing, went into the sports hall to find a drink and noticed the mugs being handed out in a corner. Not easy to notice once the hall became crowded or if you had no need to go back into the hall.
Shame that by the time those at the back of the race had finished there wasn't even anyone at the table and all mementos were boxed up underneath and it was left to other runners to point them out to people.
In short: This is a three bath race In full: Didn't find the hill at 5.5 miles as hard as it had been described by the organisers or last year's posts but turn the corner and two miles of mud, some knee deep, leg sapping monsters.
Marshals were so good, encouraging and supportive. Many had run the route the previous day - thanks guys and ladies for all your help and churning the mud up to a nice consistency for us :)
Safe to say this is a hard challenging run and it will take several washes to get clean. Particularly liked the pile of mud soaked trainers left, abandoned on top of one of the refuse bins. Date of review: January 23, 2011
In short: Try events with a running club connection In full: Most reviews refer to short distance and poor organisation it is a pity that this spoilt the run for many. Unfortunately the Bromley 10k was not organised by or connected to any of the local running clubs, so no reason to call on Bromley and Blackheath Harriers to sort things out however there appears to be demand for a local 10k at this time of year in this area so perhaps some of the local clubs may take note and organise something for next year.
I would always recommend that you check runners world for reviews of previous events by organisers and whether or not they have a connection with or support of a running club.
It is also worth noting that parkrun organise a free to enter, timed, 5k run every Saturday morning in Norman Park, run entirely by volunteers with a regular attendance of over 100 runners of all abilities. It might be muddy or even snowy but always good fun and very well organised. http://www.parkrun.org.uk/bromley/
In short: Big smiles, no bling. Wonderful event. In full: Did the 20. Haven't walked this distance for a few years never mind run it so this was a first step into new territory. Managed to get lost whilst plotting the route onto my OS map but glad to say that the directions were spot on very easy to follow and actually had no need for the, map or GPs that i had spent all week preparing. Very relaxed event - you just turn up between the hours set for registration tell the registrar that you are going - and go. Simples! Beauty of this is that people of all abilities leave at different times so you always seem to be running, walking, suffering alongside others with no thoughts about your time or theirs because you have no idea if they set off an hour before or after you. So cheap to enter - of course you don't get bling in the form of medals and T-shirts or a marshal telling you to go right or stop the traffic - but you do get 'looked after' plenty of drinks and food at the checkpoints which are manned by enthusiastic volunteers. You also get the fantastic camaraderie of other entrants. The route was very well thought out - although suffered a little from the recent heavy rain and thaw which flooded rivers and turned fields into muddy quagmire's but that all added to the fun and when the sun rose above the tree line on Boxhill with dew and frost glistening below it made you realise why it was worth getting up in the dark and cold to venture out into the surrey countryside. 30 next time!