In short: different route to last year, where was the big hill at mile 4? In full: well organised. my 3rd dartford 10. better start further up the stadium, but still congested. well marshalled and much better that the rain held off. actually i preferred the route last year with the big hill in it (but i am a bit of a psycho for hills!!) and i still haven't worked out that strange bottle thing???! but will be back as dartford is such a good start to 2009 Date of review: January 18, 2009
In short: for a first ultra....just perfect In full: came down with 2 other runners from my club, DPR and had a whale of a time. path was easy to follow, the scenery was pure beauty, especially the rolling mist on the downs and the pink sunrise and running towards the castle at the end.
for only 120 runners, marshalled at checkpoints very well, although some juice as well as water and biscuits could be a good idea for next year....as could a medal as my shot glass broke :( (and not in the pub jerry!)
the mud was just comical. it was mental at first and then a what the hell attitude followed. grat to see so many forum members, Flynn HRR, Jerry, Kent Gooner, Mr Immune to mention a few. i just loved running with the marathon des sables training babes. they were the business. good luck to them.
will be back next year and hope to see you there. this is my first ultra of a few methinks!!! Date of review: December 7, 2008
In short: why can't all races be this well organised? In full: XC events really have it sown up you know. With beachy head and the north downs 30k, the scene is so pleasant compared to dull and dour laps of a city centre 10k!
i have never seen sausage rolls and coffee at a water station before. i had to stop for a mid morning snack....much better than energy gels. the first 15 was hilly but lovely, the weather was great, i even have a little tan! but....those hills, seven sisters +2 were a real killer, especially as i had motored along as i arrived 20 mins late! so so so friendly along the way, no pretentious runners, all friendly, all offering support for each other and such perfect marshalling and support. see you next year beachy head and your blasted stinking sisters!!!!! Date of review: October 26, 2008
In short: superb experience In full: this had everything and i can now see why RW readers rate it the 3rd best race in the uk. jelly babies and gels, powerade and even at the harvel hash house harriers water station, cider, beer and lager! friendly marshals, well signed course, orchards, hills, styles, gates, fields of yellow, green and red. up, down, up, down, woods, meadows and sooo sooo friendly. just soaked up the atmosphere and enjoyed cake, cider and a bbq after. cheers istead and ifield, i will be back next year Date of review: June 16, 2008
In short: fantastic race....but the medal had a picture of a lean-to shed on it!!! In full: seriously appreciate the early start on this. marshalling was superb, well organised at the start and finish and nice to have a clock at the finish line. fairly traffic free due to the early start and quite an undulating mid section to the course; the grassy hill was a suprise and then that v steep section at 7km. the only question i have is why there was a picture of a lean-to shed on the front of the medal. there is not a picture on the swanley ac website but previous year's medals pictured are nothing compared to a medal with the picture of a metal nissan hut building with a glass front!!!! LOL!!! this will be the reason i come back next year to see what delights await! No seriously, a fantastically organised and attended race. well done Darent valley people. Date of review: May 18, 2008
In short: wet but wonderful In full: Wet and windy coastal day for a trip down from london. start was very very congested and it seemed that the signs of projected finish time could have been more obvious for some. hills were great! especially the huge amount of supporters on the way up and that huge amount of noise at a roundabout that lifted the coldest and wettest of sprits (thank you at the top) loads of water, jelly babies and oranges, bananas and energy gels. downhill was much quieter and when a lift was really needed. well marshalled throughout and massive respect in that rain and wind to all marshalls, cadets and finish line people. horse brass and water at the finish? grateful but with the last 2 halfs having a goody bag and a milkshake, hastings need to look after the troops. PB though so am chuffed as i return to london.....wondering what to do with a horse brass Date of review: March 16, 2008
In short: up, down, up, down, up, down, up, down......but mega nice race In full: nice hot day which added spice to the course. support along the way was fantastic and one of the best marshalled races i have seen in a while, plenty of water and juice stations. The organisers recommended you aim for +15% on your 1/2 average and they were not wrong. I chatted to a few fellow 1.40 guys and we agreed to do inside 2 hours would be great on this course. the view at 9 miles at the fort was uplifting and i wish i had taken a camera!! See you next year Date of review: July 15, 2007
In short: wow. xc to travel up from london for In full: went to my mum and dads for the weekend and wow will i see them again next year. i loved the course. wet, muddy, beach, sand, long grass, nettles, catching people who fell down the beach wall on the first 4 miles. OMG i wish i wore something more substantial on my feet but a great race, well marshalled. mile markers a little wayward guys? will be back next year. deffo. Date of review: July 1, 2007
In short: a bar at the finish line......what bliss! In full: rural 5 miler which was organised well and marshalled throughout with the police stopping all tractors.....erm traffic. a very hot day but plenty of water and a finish on the village green with a bar right next to the finish line for those that needed a thirst quenching. fantastic scenery overlooking the north downs (i think?) with the only gripe being a very crowded start with a mixture of fun runners and club runners at the front.....perhaps a wider bit of road. pb potential with the last mile downhill....i will be back next year! Date of review: June 3, 2007
In short: hilly but well organised with deer and a horse In full: this should have been advertised as a run that was more xc. i would have bought the right shoes then. as a non-sevenoaker i thought it would be more of a road race, however i was taken in by the beautiful scenery and friendly welcome from the rotary organisers. the first 1.8k was strictly uphill, with the incline getting tougher up to the summit, however on the 2nd lap, this was easier as you knew what was coming. no way a pb potential for a 10k unless u r a mentalist. if u can cope with deer running across the track and the occasional horse....do it. see u next year Date of review: March 25, 2007