In short: Challenging course in the countryside but worth a shot In full: Really enjoyed the race and despite the frequent hills came away with a new personal best. The mile markers seemed to be incorrectly placed all the way round, half way marker was nearer the 6 mile point than 6.55 and I clocked 1/4 mile from the 13 mile marker to the finish finish. That aside, well organised and hats of to Leigh village who surely must win the most enthusiastic village award. Great stuff Date of review: September 23, 2012
In short: A really great race in fantastic countryside In full: This was my 4th Year at Paddock Wood and my most enjoyable yet. As usual everything was very well organised and the route was lined with well wishers (special mention as usual to Laddingford)
Difficult to argue about its PB potential as I like many broke my previous best - in my case by 8 minutes.
This race, together with Tun Wells and the new Tonbridge Half make me pleased to live local.
In short: Challenging but rewarding In full: Long drag uphill for first mile or with a cheeky steep bit near the end of it. Thereafter, nicely downhill before going around again. Very fast finishing section. Ground conditions were good but with a bit of rain could be quite different. Date of review: March 12, 2012
In short: Fantastic race, in glorious weather, superbly marshalled In full: What was I thinking missing this race last year!
It is such a great course and superbly organised by the Tun Wells Harriers. When you have the course and you get the weather like yesterday there is no beating this half marathon. The last mile is something to savour as you come downhill to large crowds cheering you on. Date of review: February 27, 2012
In short: Another fine day out in the Kent Countryside In full: My 3rd time at Paddock Wood and my slowest time yet, but that doesn't detract from the enjoyment of doing this race in the beautiful Kent countryside.
As usual the event was well marshalled and there was terric support from the Pub stations.
Gripes - the usual queue for toilets before the start. Suspect there would be a queue if you had double the number of portaloos.
As noted elsewhere, the finish was chaotic. It took far to long to get to the drinks because of the queue for the goodybag. It was fully 10 minutes before I got away for a stretch and warm down. Date of review: March 28, 2011
In short: A great way to spend a gloriously sunny Sunday morning in April In full: 2nd time here at Paddock Wood and it won't be my last. Organsiation was great, although glad I didn't need the loo judging by the size of the queue. Weather was superb and the early start meant that most people got round before it got too hot. Date of review: April 12, 2010
In short: Another superbly orgainsed race by TWH despite the challenging weather In full: First class organisation from Race HQ to the finish line. Despite the very challenging weather the marshalls were enthusiastic and plenty or local support all the way round.
Enjoyed the race but was glad to finish! Excellent goody bag at the end and bag reclaim was the most efficient yet - well done Date of review: March 1, 2010
In short: A challenging 10k with a wonderful village atmosphere In full: This course is definetely undulating with lots of uphill in the latter half of the race. The organisers warned runners that the downhill immediately after the start was the uphill immediately before the end but that didn't make it any easier - it was tough and you would be challenged to get a pb on this course.
This race has a lovely village feel to it, starting and finishing at the village green with lots of local support manning the bbq etc. Great to see Kelly Holmes there supporting a local event, handing out the finisher medals and signing race numbers etc.
All in all a good race, well organised and one to look out for next year. Date of review: September 7, 2009
In short: Very scenic course in beautiful Kent countryside In full: I thought this event was great. I loved the fact that parking was freely available with no hassle - no need to arrive 2 hours early to find a slot like some bigger town events. The Race HQ and finish area around the stables and orchards just addded to the whole Kent village feel. The route itself was mainly flat (I guess 1 hill if you could call it that around 6 miles) and on quiet country lanes. Whilst the roads were open my expereince was that the few cars I saw were being driven very considerately particularly as runners weaved across the road to take the shortest line. A great race, with just about the right number of competitors given the tight lanes and I will definetely be back next year. Date of review: June 22, 2009
In short: A flat but strangely challenging run around beautiful countryside In full: Despite the lack of any hills of note, this is quite a challenging course where you would need to work hard for a pb. Things were well organsied and as already noted the water stations and sponge stations were good. Plenty of marshals and police presence around the course and the whole of Laddingford at the water station there. Bag reclaim was a bit chaotic afterwards but the Girl Guides were working doing a superb job in the circumstances. Date of review: April 6, 2009