In short: Lots of positives In full: A very enjoyable out-and-back along the river towards Canterbury and back. Flat as the proverbial "pancake", which gives it definite PB potential subject to one caveat (see below).
Nice village hall HQ, friendly atmosphere, plenty of nearby off-road parking etc and there was a good mix of runners from sub-40 to 60 minutes plus.
This year, the cattle grids were covered with boarding that generally seemed to hold up well. The scenery along the river is nice and the results were up very quickly after the race had finished.
Only real "warning" is that the race shares the footpath with other users (cyclists, walkers etc and being out-and-back, other runners). On a bright, sunny day like today this meant that there were a few times on the way back that I had to "dodge" on and off the track to avois a collision !
Not the end of the world, it was still a great run; but it does mean that there is a limit on the number of runners the race can safely accommodate. Date of review: March 23, 2014
In short: Great new Half with several unique features In full: Great new race that was deservedly a sell-out. Mix of mildly undulating country lanes with off-road sections that were fairly firm yesterday but could be very interesting during heavy rain !
Start and finish in the stadium was superb and the finishing clock with runners names as we finished was going the "extra mile". Facilities and parking were also as good as it gets.
10K option for beginners and a great atmosphere.
Only one area that could be improved was the narrow bridge. On the 2nd lap there was a delay while other runners completed their 1st lap, but that is a very minor niggle and overall it's a great addition to the calendar. Date of review: December 2, 2013
In short: Tough, but a great work -out In full: One of the hardest halfs in Kent. There are a lot of hills and only the last couple of miles provide any sustained relief. However, that's not necessarily a bad thing - the course is a real challenge and very rewarding if you run well.
Excellent marshalling and water stations. The support was much appreciated and Deal Tri put a lot of effort into making it an enjoyable occasion.
Nice race venue with hot food and drink on offer and personally, I didn't mind it being a mile or so away from the start ( ideal for a warm up/warm down) although I might not have appreciated it on a cold, wet day.
I hope the runner who collapsed in sight of the finishing line is OK - always sad to see that happen to a fellow runner. Date of review: May 13, 2012
In short: Friendly, challenging low-key 10K In full: A very friendly, low key race in beautiful rural Kent. Great crowd support was unexpected and much appreciated, especially after a real "killer" hill at 6/7K.
A great course if you like a challenge and the relatively small field meant easy parking, no queues for the toilets and plenty of delicious cakes at the finish!
At the very opposite end of the racing scale from the London Marathon and none the worse for that. Date of review: April 22, 2012
In short: Bracing Winter race along the coast In full: I echo Neil's thanks to the organisers and marshalls for putting on another great race. Thanet Road Runners put on a range of excellent races over varying distances and terrain throughout the year and deserve great credit for their contribution to the Kent road race scene.
Like any mid-Winter race, you have to take whatever the weather throws at you but we were lucky this year.
It's a well-organised, friendly and fast "no frills" race with plenty of parking right next to race HQ and I also liked the memento this year - something different and very useful.
I agree that the one thing the organisers need to look at is maybe providing some portaloos either at HQ and/or near the start. Although there are public toilets along the seafront, most of them are closed at this time of year and coupled with the limited facilities in the pavilion, that was a problem.
Other than that, an excellent way to finish off the racing year. Date of review: December 7, 2011