In short: Nice scenery, nice run, nice marsahlling, nice memento - NICE. In full: Was doubtful about this due to an injured hamstring, but needed the miles after very little training in the past three weeks.
Decided to plod around it after doing a mile warm-up and feeling ok. With the option to pull out at 6 miles if needed.
Managed it all, but this course is not flat, well not for us lesser runners anyway and man the wind was tough in places.
The course itself never really deviates from the sea, which is nice. There are some tough hills in there, but actually going up was better than going down with the injury.
Nice marshalling, although at about 13 - 18 they could've done with a few more, but it wasn't too much of an issue.
Pedestrians were bit of a pain in Broadstairs, but I guess they though the same about us!
Organisation was good, the instructions on how to get there could've been better, but I found it anyway.
Nice memento. If it had had a ribbon round it we'd of looked like Mr.T!!!
A good training run in a really nice location. I'm knocking marathons on the head, but if I wasn't I'd do it again.
Special Mention to the marshall with the big green foam hand who made me chuckle!
Well done Thanet a good show for not a lot of dough!
In short: One word for the Race and Marshalling - FLAWLESS! In full: Seriously, the marshalling on this race and the organisation were second to none! I got there really early and the marshalls (already in place) were soaked, but beaming and really friendly.
There was gusty winds, torrential rain, roads like rivers and floods. So did that make it a bad race? NO!
There were hills and more hills. So did that make it a bad race? NO!
Us runners were soaked, but the marshalls were out there for a hell of a lot longer and a more cheery bunch you will never meet.
The hills and the conditions were tough and although I did manage a big PB, I think it is more down to not doing a half for a while than the course.
Plenty of drinks stations and superb organisation, from the leaflet in the entrance pack all the way to designated areas on the course for used bottles.
The band and some cheerleaders too, all finished off with a nice t-shirt and a medal!
In short: A nice run in the country but the organisation could do with being a bit better! In full: The run itself was actually very nice apart from the hills, which were long and tough. With some seriously icy bits to negotiate too, especially the ford the several metres after it.
Parking was a mission with no marshalls or police to point you in the right direction and most of the surrounding roads being yellow-lined, ended up a mile away (good warm up).
Marshalling was sparse and not that encouraging apart from the two marshalls that were about 600m & 500m from the end.
The finish line was a complete balls up with a woman re-adjusting some ropes as I attempted to cross and managing to wrap one around my leg, costing me an extra 5-10 seconds as I tried to get to the mat. no idea what she was trying to achieve???
Chip timing was good and nice to have them removed and the mug & mars bar was a good idea, the mug has already been more use than any of my medals.
Put in a cracking PB too thanks to another DRR member too.
Would do it again, but the organisation leaves a lot to be desired. Date of review: January 31, 2010
In short: This race shows the way forward for all other races - superb! In full: This is the very best organised race I have ever attended and shows why this is one of the top rated races in the country.
The marshalls are everywhere and super!
The drink stations are frequent offering a selection of water, isotonic stuff, jelly babies, sponges and John Smiths.
The whole run although extremely tough has a great family feel to it and is the friendliest race I have ever attended.
There is also a race for kids, which is great and my little girl was the first girl home in that which is also nice.
A barbeque and beers after complete what is a superb showing for the organisers.
Oh and the scenery isn't that shabby either.
All in all a race you should definitely do and a credit to the organisers, the locals, the police and the many marshalls along the route.
Well done to all involved. Date of review: June 14, 2009
In short: A nice 10k, a few too many tight turns and what sadistic sod put that bridge there? In full: I went off far too quick, add to that the lack of proper training and on deciding to do it this morning and you have a bad race on your hands. 50 seconds slower than the Darent Valley 10k, which is a tough one.
That said the course is good and should have PB potential, if you are prepared for it. The organisation is good and the cakes at the end a bonus.
The water station is pretty poor though, although to be fair to them, who actually wants to stand in the rain handing out cups.
The medal is one of the better ones I have had.
The footbridge is a killer.
I'm coming back next year prepared for this!! Date of review: May 17, 2009
In short: This is the only race I have ever returned to and despite the hill I will be back again! In full: Third time of running this and I know it's never going to be a pb course especially considering all the climbs, the big hill and pretty poor training on my behalf.
Imagine my surprise, delight and sheer bewilderment when not only did I beat last years time, but actually put in a PB by over a minute........"Smashed it" was how I described it, but having calmed down a bit I know that I didn't even really dent it.
Marshalls great (looked a bit cold though) and for me wearing my club vest for the first time, hearing almost every marshall shout out "come on Dartford" really pulled me along.
The route, unchanged, was just as great as I remembered it. I really enjoy this race and it is the only one I have ever repeated. If you haven't tried this really challenging race I suggest you do so next year it is a nice early start which means you still have the whole day to do what you wish with.
A credit to Swanley AC.
See you next year for sure. Date of review: April 19, 2009
In short: Wet from the outset and very GRIM, but that what we paid for so - SUPERB! In full: Freezing cold, wet from the outset, muddy & f*cking brilliant!
You know it's going to be a good day when you pull off the motorway and the event is sign-posted, so you don't have to squint at scribbled instructions as your printer has no ink and your too pikey to buy sat-nav. Makes the worst part of a race more pleasurable. Seemed really well organised to me. Only small moan would be people starting at the front with no intention of running therefore clogging it up, but it was supposed to be fun.
I enjoyed it and it really is wet a Grim from the outset, by the end I couldn't feel my toes but that's what I paid my money for.
Not as good as the British Military 10k, which is a more challenging course.
Gonna whack this in the calendar for next year though, really enjoyed it.
No idea of time as I was so relieved to cross the line I forgot to look and the website hasn't got the timing chip results yet......... Date of review: December 7, 2008