In short: nice run, could be better In full: Done this run a few times, shame about the 1st half which is along that busy road, but 2nd half makes up for it, very pleasant. I think the venue needs a rethink, or smaller entry, 1 toilet and a few portaloos was obviously not enough judging by the number of runners watering Maidstone, which is never a good advert for us! Plus no showers and a rather tired venue just makes this into a rather average run, sorry Maidstone. Date of review: October 20, 2008
In short: charming race from a lovely village- well done Manuden In full: shame about the weather, but at least it wasnt hot, and for those who brought a towel and dry clothing no real problem. Much better venue and the hot food and drinks much appreciated. As to the race itself, 1st 3k up means last 3k down, hurra for a "thereandbackagain" and an easy finish!! Date of review: October 6, 2008
In short: Muddier than ever b4, and I'm sure the miles r getting longer! In full: Just a great run, great organisation, can't think of a thing to say against it, and I have been known to complain about certain other events, but never this one.
In short: much improved course, can we keep this 1 please!! In full: The last few St Albans Ive done have been notable for there and back courses with no shade, plus a really grim finish, big hills in the last 3 miles. By doing the "hard" bit first that last downhill mile was a godsend - Thanks whover thought of that 1.
Otherwise typical St Albans, blazing hot day and a rollercoaster of a course but compared with what we used to run, really rural and pleasant Date of review: June 8, 2008
In short: wonderful run through great scenery - but not easy In full: excellently organised, well done matlock, a lovely run, but the long inclines can slow you up more than you think. Much harder than London! Date of review: May 20, 2008
In short: flat course, flat run, perhaps i've done it too often! In full: Race is getting bigger, starting to show up shortcomings of location? Always used to be a favourite but now is a bit overcrowded, would not have been pleasant if it had rained more as not much shelter, don't know why we were'nt allowed inside. And to the lady who commented on the commentator, yes they can be really annoying, but he's not the worst i've heard, St Albans would drive u 2 drink!! Date of review: March 31, 2008
In short: came back after a few years away, won't come back again! In full: I used to find this run amusing in the way it was run, obviously not by a running club or even anyone who had ever been to another run, but hey, they did their best.
This one though - you could'nt park nearer than a 15 min walk and Brentwood is a notoriously difficult place to park. I'll let other people decide on the queues, I enter in advance and don't bother with baggage areas, but it was not pretty to watch. The actual run is a nice one and I had no problems, but then I've done it 10+times. As to value, this is a fund raising event, its not aimed at runners, the organisers want to make the maximum amount for charity - so they allow far more entries than they can cope with, and charge far more than the going rate. Perfectly acceptable and a great success for them. For me, never again!!!! Date of review: March 9, 2008
In short: sorry Thanet, might not be your fault but you cannot lay on a large race with no facilities In full: I have been running the Thanet 20 since 92 I think, old and new course, and have always enjoyed it, good facilities, showers, toilets, etc make up for what can be really hard runs at this time of year. This year, 6 portaloos for 500! no showers - what if it had been really raining, sorry but its not good enough. I will give it 1 more year to see if this was just a hiccup, otherwise its off my calendar.
Oh and by the way you got the results wrong as well, gave out prizes to "winners" who were 5 minutes behind the real racers, get a grip! Date of review: March 2, 2008