In short: After this you'll know all about "undulations" In full: Super organisation with a superb base venue. Very short queues for the loos, great atmosphere, plenty of parking as long as you're not late (in which case there's a shortish walk from a town centre car park). Lots going on around the start / finish area to keep people occupied and interested too.
The course is hard. It's all on tarmac and quickly snakes out of Tonbridge town centre into the countryside, but you have what are euphemistically called "undulations". Think "hills". None, bar one around the 18km mark, are killers, but you'll end this race knowing that Tonbridge's surrounds consist of rolling countryside. All the roads are closed, so there is no traffic to worry about, and the support along the way is pretty good, except in two places: the village of Leigh is undoubtedly the best support I have encountered on any race I've been in with a large and noisy ygathering that is truly uplifting. And what's great is that you go through twice! Then again, at the finish, even though I was just ahead of the 2:15 mark when you expect crowds to be getting bored, the support was vocal and carries you over the line. Date of review: September 25, 2013
In short: well organised event on a delightfulkly flat course In full: Two laps around Maidenhead starting in the town centre and going around a loop to the north of the town. Extremely well organised, good race village and facilities, and well marshalled. Roads closed to traffic and it's hard to imagine a flatter course. Worth a go! Date of review: September 8, 2013
In short: Super Flat Half with Multi-Terrain In full: This is a super almost billiard-table flat run across multi-terrain following the banks of the Thames from Marlow to Windsor (and vice versa alternate years). The organisation is slick, including the very convenient bus service from the finish (where you'll park your car) back to the start - I highly recommend that you use this. The usual loo queues prevail, but that's easy enough to plan around. The marshals are present along the whole course, providing great encouragement, and with the right number of water stations (increased by one due to this year's warmer weather). There is a brief section where you're on or crossing public roads, but the traffic is light and generally considerate, so this presented no issues at all. At the finish there is a great atmosphere and lots of crowd encouragement, with water, a banana and a rather nice medal for all finishers. As Half Marathons go, you couldn't ask for better scenery in the south of England except perhaps on the coast, but what you get here is scenery AND a flat course. I'll definitely do this one again next year. Date of review: July 29, 2013
In short: Two tough hills, but they're over with quickly In full: Enjoyable, well-organised race catering for beginner and club athletes alike. Two challenging hills but they're not too long, and they're in the first half so down hill on the return. Plenty of parking next to the start, reasonable crowds in the town and a nice "countryside" thorough the grounds of Charterhouse School Date of review: May 21, 2013
In short: well organised road race with a friendly atmosphere In full: well marshalled - and it needs to be as you're sometimes shoulder to shoulder with cars - and slickly organised popular mid-week race series. Date of review: July 6, 2011
In short: Well-organised evening 10k In full: despite the course feeling as if it's mostly a gentle uphill, this is a good first-timer's course and has potential for a PB for the more experienced runner. Date of review: August 6, 2010
In short: The ultimate slime-fest In full: Tough, filthy, pouring rain, treacherous underfoot, near-vertical mud slides. Well organised, great atmoshpere, astonishing numbers (1200!), lots of marshals and first aid help, well-stocked goody bag, free quality T-shirt.
A race of extremes, definitely for the brave-hearted, providing a challenge for hard-core trail runners, but equally approachable by a relatively fit novice.
Sign me up for next year..... Date of review: November 23, 2009