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.
In short: Can't complain too much as it was for "charidee mate" but.. In full: ...where was the car park ?, the start ?, the toilets ?, the mulled wine ?, the mince pies ? Who knows - not even the marshalls it seems who were all very pleasant but had no idea of what was going on.
For a really good cause so can't moan about the lack of medals etc but course was treacherous in places. I stacked it down the slope just past the orchard and sure I wasn't the only one.
Shame about the somewhat chaotic nature of this race as I wouldn't do it again and, if others don't too, then it is the charity that will miss out. Date of review: December 16, 2006
In short: Cold, wet, muddy fun In full: Good organisation (the organisers delayed the start due to people stuck on the A3 through no fault of their own - was at the Longmoor turn off just under an hour before the start & then the queues started !!)
Great fun. Expect to get soaked, muddy and don't avoid any of the bogs or water holes and you will have great fun.
Don't do this for time or try and maintain any attempt at a constant pace - there are too many runners and too many obstacles for this.
Just go with the intention of having a laugh - you will not be disappointed. Date of review: November 12, 2006
In short: Another fantastically organised Ashford 10k In full: I love everything about this race; the organisation, course, start and finish in the stadium and the extremely diverse types of runners who take part.
Add onto this a PB today (beat the previous one by 1m30s) and it made the perfect day.
The sausage sandwiches and hot chocolate also made the wife's day.
Result all round !! Date of review: October 8, 2006
In short: Another great Thanet half-marathon. In full: A tough & challenging course but that is no doubt part of the attraction. The wind made it doubly hard too. Thought a pb was on until my knee started giving me grief at about the 9 mile point.
Fantastic organisation from Thanet Roadrunners and a must-do half marathon.
In short: Fantastically organised summer half-marathon In full: Eveything about this race was spot-on. the organisation was great, Marshals very encouraging and the course is well worth the effort. The Marshals did a great job considering the busy road junctions the runners had to run through.
Two hills to overcome but I thought the last one would be worse to be honest. Some very quick stretches - the final three miles were very quick and I got a PB.
Overall, a great race, a great day and I will definitely be back next year. Date of review: July 23, 2006
In short: Undulating course with some nice quick stretches In full: Only gripe was the organisation at the start with many runners not knowing where the actual start was. This wasn't helped by the Port Lympne staff directing people to the finish instead !
Other than that a decent course with a longish hill at 7k followed by a fast finish (especially the last kilometre) for those with some energy left.