In short: Must now be the best half in Kent In full: So much about this race is top class:fantastic views over the sea,top class marshalling,great goody bag,great PA at the end,excellent and growing crowd support,"interesting" course.
It was decidedly warm today,which made the last few miles very hard-and that hill is an absolute killer.When you reach the top,there's another mile or so of "gentle" incline which really finished me off today !
Agree with the only 2 points for improvement-a race of this size needs more toilets and the 1st water station-especially on a day like today-needs to come earlier.
However,taken overall,it's a "cracking" half marathon. Date of review: September 28, 2008
In short: Very enjoyable all round. In full: Lots of exceptional touches:bottled water and sports drink at the water stations;varied,challenging course;great selection of cakes and a brass band at the finish.
The overall package is very good value and the race is genuinely different.
The course is pretty quick up to mile 10,but those hills at the end were tough !
Overall,I really enjoyed it and sincere thanks to the organisers and all those involved for putting on a really special event. Date of review: July 6, 2008
In short: Still No.1-and getting even better ! In full: I find the NDR difficult to rate objectively-it is so damn good that normal criteria go out the window !
The course itself,the way the course is marked out and prepared,the amazing marshalls and other helpers (where on earth do you get them all from ?) and in fact,the whole "package",are simply off the scale.
It has been my favourite race of the year for some time now,and it just keeps getting better-even though it really does make me ache in places that no other race will manage until next year's NDR !
The free cakes at the end,the top quality tee-shirts,the barbecue and bar etc just add to what is,for my money,the best race I've ever entered.
Never mind "one of" my all-time favourire races,this is the one. Date of review: June 15, 2008
In short: As good as ever. In full: I've done this most years since 1996 and it remains one of the best halfs around.
It's an excellent race across the board-accessibility,parking,organisation etc although it's never as fast as you think it should be.It's almost too flat,if that makes sense,as it's too easy to go too fast in the early miles and pay for it later.
It's still one of the best halfs around and I thought the crowd support was more plentiful and vocal than ever this year. Date of review: March 30, 2008
In short: Crowd support is "something else" In full: A really tough workout.Very tough hills in the first 5 miles,with some exhilerating downhill sections later.However,I paid for attacking them so hard as my legs were "gone" by the final 3 flat miles along the sea-front.
Terrific crowd support-even on a filthy morning.You all really lifted our spirits!
Seamless marshalling and the children at the water stations were great-really enthusiastic and part of the great atmosphere.
The Park & Ride was terrific too-efficient free bus service and less than a minute to exit the car park.
The start and finish areas were chaotic,but certainly no worse than other races of this size-and a lot better than some. Date of review: March 16, 2008