In short: Excellent friendly race In full: Very well organised, low key event. A lot of thought had gone into it. Ideal for beginners and experienced alike. Liked the way the swim was set out - 2 per lane, swimming either side of lane. Very pretty run too. Lots of friendly and encouraging marshals. Will definitely return. Date of review: August 16, 2009
In short: Well-organised, friendly race In full: Can't fault it; particularly liked the rolling start, instant electronic results and the hotel hq. My only grumble was other runners (i) despite the clear instructions to overtake on the grass verge, a couple of runners (old enough to know better) barged past slower ones shouting "on your left" i.e. get out of my way (ii) the moans about the A20 section - the clue is in the title, running by a busy road should not be a surprise! and (iii) the moaning about the price of the refreshments, which were quite normal for a hotel. Making such a fuss serves only to antagonise the hotel staff who seemed very pleasant to me.
Well done to the organisers! Look forward to next year. Date of review: March 24, 2009
In short: Excellent organisation In full: V well organised with plenty of toilets and parking (the instructions said come early, which we did). Particularly liked the stadium as start/finish area. Friendly, plentiful and competent marshalling and great goody bag. Hills challenging to say the least but probably OK if you are fit. Overall, brilliant race. Well done DRR! Date of review: January 18, 2009
In short: Beautiful scenery In full: You don't often get an opportunity to race in such lovely grounds. Haven't done the race for a few years now and find the organisation much improved (I remember queuing in the "dairy" to pick up my number!). I don't understand how people in their cars got lost trying to get out - it was v clear. Also, loo provision was adequate; if you don't want to queue, use the woods nearby! A very beginner-friendly race; not a lot of competition if you are super-fast but who cares - it's Christmas. Well done to the organisers! Date of review: December 28, 2008