In short: Good friendly run, small field, few twists to make PB hard In full: Well organised and very good value local run for SE Essex, both a family friendly 5km and a 10km which is two laps of the 5km course.
Course is on pavements with no road closures but this didnt seem to present any real problems. First half of the circuit is gently downhill and second half uphill.
Couple of tight turns and one bike gate to negotiate (bringing you to a near stop) which makes a PB difficult (along with smaller field so less chance of being pulled along )
But a good workout and well done to the friendly marshalls. Date of review: July 14, 2008
In short: Nice new course, no real problems, potentially fast course In full: Liked the new course (well for a two lap effort) but couldnt undertsand mix up over lead car cutting back - guess it was an idle moment of madness that resulted in runners running figure of 8 and having to cross.
But that aside very well organised. Good value although only medal at end. Lots and lots of water, sponged etc. Very helpful and friendly marshalls and bigger crowds than on old course.
Definietly whould be on your early summer programme and can see this going from strength to strength Date of review: June 8, 2008
In short: Very flat - ok organisation - bit congested In full: Nice workout prior to spring (FLM in my case) marathon. Good flat course with nothing really challenging in terms of the run itself. But course is very congested in places.
Race is both an 8 mile and a 16 mile. they start the 8 mile 25 minutes earlier. So 8 milers have clear run at course. Problem with this is slower 8 milers block way for most of 16 miler field and must be very demoralising for them to be "lapped" by 1000+ 16 milers.
Also race tracke when gets onto pavements in second half get very narrow not helped by both 8 and 16 milers running at different paces.
Reasonably well organised although dont see sense of the men and women starting separetly (fast women, then all men then other women). Seems so unfair.
Very little in way of support from good people of Kingston but could be explained by early start and clocks changing on day.
Marshalls Ok but many roads without one and not as supportive as on other races.
But all in all would do again. Date of review: March 30, 2008
In short: Great race - less said about rest the better In full: The race first - good flat course with reasonable support and lots of water stations. Well organised start for the mass race and plenty of water stops and lucozade etc - not sure what the lucozade at about 1/2 a mile was doing there but hey ho.
Good goody bag with medal, mars bar, t shirt, drink, box of green and black biscuits and oatmeal biscuit. Race is expensive but at least reasonable value all in all.
the runners village was a mess..very wet (not organisers fault) but led to very muddy underfoot.
Hours delay to start apparently caused by cock up on park and ride which think was councils responsibility - but lots of people didnt hear about it officially till very late so mucked up a few preparation schedules.
At end - ok for me but not sure of wisdom of depositing bags by number - which was based on predicted finish time. Not sure what better way would be but when I finished my queue was huge and all rest were empty. Must have moved down line throughout afternoon.
Think some rethinking will have to go on as race has got very big and village (when wet) cant cope.
But back to race very enjoyable and a PB course if ever there was one.
Thanks to all who put it on - probably a thankless task today - but appreciate the effort you guys put in Date of review: March 16, 2008
In short: Great preparation for a spring marathon / worth doing in its own right In full: Great race over a very challenging course. Along very scenic kent coast so the wind is unpredictable and very gusty in places. Also route means some short sharp uphills/downhill sections as you move up/down cliff. These add to race and make it a good workout.
Race organisation was good. Parking at start was a little crowded but apparently organisers had been let down by usual facilities. Still marshalling to what spaces available was good.
Course was challenging but good fun and marshalls very helpful. Few twists and turns with signs rather than marshalls but no real option as previous marshal warned which way to go.
Great goody bag at end with both medal and towel - in addition a sports drink. So great value.
Cant see much wrong with this one to be honest. Legs got a real work out and much better than doing another long one on your own. Date of review: March 2, 2008
In short: Wind, mud and some challenges but ran like clockwork In full: Had read the reviews for this one and approached with some trepidation. But really enjoyed it.
Its a race of three segments really. First and last bit along sea wall on Canvey, nice and flat and firm underfoot. Wind a bit of a pain in one direction but nothing extraordinary.
Second segment is teh 3-4 miles across teh marshes towards Leigh - little or no wind but fair amount of mud. Veterans said less mud than earier years - but was very challenging underfoot in some places. Added issues of 3-4 styles and 3-4 loving gates (or whatever they are called) - being a soft road runner thesewere new to me. Did not slow things too much but might be a log jam towards back.
Third segment is run back to Canvey along Sea Wall - stright into teh wind with 0% cover - deep joy. Very challenging at that stage of the race.
Really impressed with both the value (think it was £6 or so) and the marshalling - very friendly and straightforward. Not huge amount of support but good field made up for it.
3-4 water stops and a ok T-shirt at end. More of a medal man myself but no real complaint there.
If you are looking for an unusual race over a challenging distance then put it in your diary for next year. Date of review: January 27, 2008
In short: Great organisation and good course makes it a must do race In full: Great race - first time I ahve run it and very impressed. Good organisation at start - chip pick up and parking no problem.
Slightly narrow funnel for the actual start but soon got into stride. Good marshalling all way around. One or two (!) bollards in middle of running line but well marked and marshalls there to warn you.
About half of race (estimate) on paths/ex railway which is great as away from traffic. Rest no problem.
Funnel at end in danger of getting congested but very minor point.
Medal but no goody bag but it was only £9 or so, so no complaints there.
Thanks to all the marshalls and organisers for a great race. Will be back in 2009.
Easy getaway. Brilliant. More like this please! Date of review: January 20, 2008