In short: Small and perfectly formed In full: This race is really civilized. It is small, so there's no need to arrive hours before the event. The facilities are top notch, with lots of nice clean toilets and warm showers, and a secure place to put your bags. You get a banana (or three!) at the end and all the organisers are exceptionally cheerful. Oh, and there's not a hill in sight. A good way to kick start the weekend, I say. Date of review: April 3, 2010
In short: Scenic, fun In full: I last did this in 2008, when I saw lots of deer. None this year! I'm glad to say that it was dry underfoot this time, making it a much easier race. This is a charity fundraising race and given that, I think the entry fee is very reasonable. The last charity race I did cost double. This race has reaally grown in size since 2008. Date of review: March 14, 2010
In short: Freeeeeeezin but you can't get faltter In full: Well, this is a race without the slightest of incline, so I got a pb (by several minutes), so I am very pleased. The organization was fine, but a little lacking in practicality and imagination... in seriously cold weather, like you tend to get in February, race organisers need to provide runners with somewhere to put their coats (I left mine behind a marquee and luckily it was still there when I got back). At this time of year, hot drinks or even soup would be a better post-run treat than t-shirts and goodie bags. Anyway, good fun overall. Date of review: February 13, 2010
In short: Big, fun, fast... oh, and a wooden medal In full: There was plenty of space for 15,000 of us to storm round the flat course. We were treated to a snazzy purple t-shirt made of bamboo charcoal and were showered with cereal bars. I'm not too sure about the wooden medal, though. Date of review: October 11, 2009
In full: Well done Orpington Road Runners for organising such a family-friendly event. What a good job you are doing to encourage children. My 6-year-old took part in the fun run and is sooooo proud of herself. The 10K was pretty good too! Date of review: June 21, 2009
In short: Undulating hills, with a warm welcome In full: Lovely venue for race HQ - warm and spacious with nice loos and a bar. And it was right by the start line so you could stay warm.
The race was fine, with undulating hills. A nice goody bag with a recovery drink and a sports bottle.
My only slight criticism is that there is a busy road in the last mile with no footpath and no marshals, although it is wide road, so there is actually plenty of space, but still slightly dangerous I think.
But overall, well done Dartford Road Runners! Date of review: January 18, 2009
In short: Flat, flat, flat, but OMG the wind In full: I have never done such a flat half marathon. The wind was terribly strong today - it was hard to walk in a straight line. In better weather, it would be beautiful since most of it is along the front.
The organisation was good. It was lovely finishing the race in a tent full of fruit and homemade cakes. And the marshalls were fab, especially at they hand to stand around in the icy wind for hours on end.
There were children's races too, so you can bring the kids. Date of review: November 9, 2008
In short: Sunday morning challenge in the park In full: More challenging than it looks, but lovely surroundings and a good atmosphere. As a late entrant, the organisers phoned me the day before to make sure I had received their email - very nice touch. It's great to see such a mix of people doing this race - serious club runners, complete beginners, very young children, pensioners. Date of review: September 30, 2008
In short: Great family day out In full: A really beautiful race through woods and fields of flowers - probably the most scenic I have ever done. Lots of pinchpoints near the begining, which forced runners to walk. My children did the 2k fun run, which they loved - and it's much better for them to do that rather than just stand around watching me! So, a great time had by all. We will be back next year. Date of review: June 22, 2008
In short: Dull location, but still fun In full: Beckenham Running Club definitely succeeds in creating a friendly atmosphere. This race is on quiet suburban roads, so there is plenty of space to pass other runners, with no crunch points and little traffic. And we got a lovely shiny medal this year, too. A good race. Date of review: June 1, 2008