In short: Friendly small scale half marathon In full: Very friendly small scale half marathon, completely different atmosphere to the 'big' local halves coming up on the next few weeks. Some people were moaning about the queuing for everything at the start- it didn't really matter, the race was just delayed for a few minutes so that no one was left behind. Flat Kentish countryside, more undulating than Paddock Wood, but nothing you could really call a hill. Friendly supportive marshals. Well done Date of review: February 15, 2015
In short: Serious issues with marshalling In full: Should have been a fantastic race today, perfect weather and stunning scenery..but to pick up the point about the marshals- at mile 7.25 there was a marshall sitting in the sun reading a book. I thanked her as I always try to do with marshals but she did not even acknowledge my presence. A few yards later in the shade (where she should have been) I took the wrong path, which turned out to be full of tree roots causing me to trip and gash my knee open. Although I blame no one but myself for this, it emphasises that the marshals are there not only to keep us on the right course, but also to keep the race safe and what I encountered today fell way below any acceptable and safe standard. Date of review: October 5, 2014
In short: Good as ever In full: Despite all the warnings of snow and freezing winds it turned out to be a dry crisp winters morning- ideal conditions. As always from the Harriers fantastically well organised, and this year there seemed to be much more musical support- from a jazz band in Penshurst, numerous drum bands of varying ages and a brass band near the end, thanks a lot, added to the atmosphere Date of review: February 24, 2013
In short: Did what is says on the tin In full: Five miles of mud, crawling through mud, slipping on mud, climbing mud slopes, sliding down mud slopes..plus two diversions through ponds and a stream. What a great way to spend a Sunday morning. Well done to Albert and the team for organising this great event Date of review: November 4, 2012
In short: Brilliantly organised, well done for first time round. In full: Everything went like clockwork, well done to all the organisers. The course is undulating but no real sustained difficult hills, nothing like its sister half marathon in Tunbridge Wells, let alone Hastings which another contributor commented on or the Bewl 15. It was unseasonably warm but high hedges for most of the route provided shade. Several seasoned runners did comment though on how tough they had found it. And Dame Kelly to put your medal round your neck! So well done and thank you for putting this race on, doubtless the organisation will get slicker with more experience and its success will continue.
In short: Superb organization In full: Very efficient organisation from entering on line to seeing the results posted in the village hall minutes after finishing, with everything else in between. Only problem was the mud in the two car parks, my hopeless rear wheel drive car could not get into either.. Date of review: November 1, 2010
In short: Absolute madness....best race of the year.. In full: 10 hills in 10 miles, the first so steep you need a rope, mud everywhere..plus being fairly near the back what wasn't mud to start with was after the first half of the pack churned it up. Weather miraculously good after a week of rain. Well marshalled and organised, absolute madness for anyone of average ability...fantastic race Date of review: February 28, 2010