In short: Well-organised and a great scenic countryside route In full: This was my first time running the Tonbridge half marathon (though have ran many half marathons/marathons previously) and I thought it was a very well-organised event, and the route is mainly scenic countryside and through villages.
I was no-where near my PB in finishing due to a recent injury, but despite the course being undulating there is a good opportunity to get a good time in for this race.
There was a good turn out from local people, especially through Leigh where the street was lined with supporters cheering and children had set up an impromptu water station.
Overall I would recommend this half marathon to experienced runners and beginners alike.
Thanks to the organisers and helpers for making this an enjoyable race. Date of review: September 22, 2013
In short: Great course with a nice finish on Brighton beach In full: This was my second marathon (previously ran London) and I got a PB by ten minutes. I didn't notice the "hill", the incline at mile 10 that I was kind of dreading in the middle of a marathon was more a gentle slope. The course takes a really nice route around the town centre, and up and down the seafront and it's a really nice finish along the seafront.
The crowds were fantastic, and made a really good atmosphere. I thought the event was really well organised and they were very generous with the energy chews/gels, and energy drinks and water and frequent stations.
The only downside to this marathon was the amount of people who were walking and so getting in the way - seems to miss the point of the marathon to walk when it starts to get tough!
Definitely recommend the Brighton marathon. Date of review: April 15, 2013
In short: Great route and really well organised - really enjoyed this In full: As always a brilliantly organised event by the TW Harriers. Great medal for the 30th anniversary race! After the big hill at around mile 6-7, the last 5 miles feels like a breeze, and nice to be able to finish strong. Will be back next year! Date of review: February 24, 2013
In short: Great 10k - the hills are good for you! In full: Run this 10k every year, and it was even better this year with the free t-shirt. Few hills, including one leg burner at the end, but a great 10k in a lovely part of the country. Date of review: September 22, 2012
In short: A challenging and hugely enjoyable event with great organisation In full: This was my third time running the Tunbridge Wells half, every year for that brief period that I run up the big hill I question why I am back, but this really is one of my favourite all-time races.
Challenging course, with great scenery and really good organisation. A local event (for me) that I enjoy being part of. (I do agree with the comment below re. tshirt sizes, last years was on the big side, this year on the tight side (or is more a reflect on my comparable levels of of training!).
Thank you TW Harriers for making this such a great race, year after year. Great atmosphere, and what an experience to run with the likes of Liz Yelling in my home town - even if I was 45 minutes or so behind her. Date of review: March 27, 2011
In short: Great flat course through wonderful Kent countryside In full: This is about my 5th half-marathon, really enjoyed it. I am not at top fitness at the moment, but this course definately has PB potential, the flat course is a real treat through the lovely Kent countryside. Felt it had a tense 'big race' feeling when you first get there, and crowded, but as the race pans out after the first few miles it's really enjoyable with a friendly crowd. Lots of people seemed to be rushing/trying to get near the front at the start, but with a steady pace found I overtook lots of people as the race went on.
Good medal at the end, would be nice if the t-shirts were technical t-shirts that could be used for running. Big queue at the end for goody bags could perhaps be avoided (was at TW half a few weeks ago and didn't have the same problem, bags given out quickly with medals).
Anyway, really enjoyed this, thank you to Paddock Wood AC for a very enjoyable and overall very well organised race. Would definately do this one again.... the scenery combined with a flat course being something of a gift in this part of the world! Date of review: March 27, 2011
In short: Fantastic, great route and very well organised In full: My second time running the TW half, beat last year's time by one minute! Great course, challenging hill half way through that makes the last 5-6 miles of flat road seem like a gift.
Really impressed with the organisation and great t-shirt/medal.
Great crowd - really enjoyed it, despite getting my feet soaked running through flooded roads!
Thanks to TW Harriers for a great race. Date of review: March 2, 2010
In short: Challenging and very enjoyable In full: Well-organised by nice people, and a great run through the lovely Tunbridge Wells countryside. Couple of hills make the route challenging, but nice rural surroundings. I love this 10k. Date of review: September 20, 2009
In short: Terrific course - a bit like the best bits of the London Marathon without the slog and the pain In full: I really enjoyed this race and ran a PB (just under 50 mins). Really well organised, and nice goody bag with medal and decent t-shirt (it's a bit big but at least you can run in it).
A really good route around iconic London landmarks, very well organised (around 12,500 runners I think) and a friendly crowd. Seemed to cater for everyone, from the elites leading the field to the walkers at the back. The start was well-organised, (I was in blue A), with each wave being brought forward to start at intervals. I think I started in about the right place for my pace, although I did overtake quite a lot of people - not a problem for me as I was at a similar pace to most around me, but can see how that aspect was annoying for the sub 40s at the front.
Overall a great event. Date of review: May 25, 2009
In short: My first marathon, a great experience In full: My first marathon, and it was a great experience. The crowd support is great, as is the cameraderie with other runners.
However I do agree with earlier comments that people walking can make it tiring. Again, I am not the fastest runner in the world (finished 4hr50), but I was getting frustrated towards the end (last 8 miles) when people were walking and I was getting so, so tired, but didn't want to walk, and it took extra effort to keep dodging around walkers so I could run. I think it just takes a bit more consideration, like it says in the marathon pack, if you want to walk that's fine but do so at the side in single file. People continually walking in front of me definately made it a tougher race.
But I was impressed with the organisation, I was in pen 8 and although it took 15 mins to get to the start (not a problem with chip), I was able to run mostly at a steady pace for the first half.
But this was the London Marathon - great organisation, particularly considering the amount of people involved. Date of review: April 28, 2009