In short: Decent race, particularly if you're looking for a pb. In full: Was my first time at this race and my overall impression was positive. Parking was right by the start/finish area (you have to pay a small amount) which was great. My number and chip were posted to me so I was ready to race when I arrived.
My only real criticism of the race was with the start. Numbers were quite high (about 450?) and with the run being on quite a narrow path/pavement congestion is an issue. There were people in front of me who were clearly slower and people behind me who were clearly quicker. I know it's up to the runners to get into the right position generally but maybe a slightly staggered start with quicker runners (say under 40 minutes) going first followed by 40-45 minutes etc etc. With chip timing this should be possible.
Anyway once I got going I really enjoyed the run out towards Hythe. Marshals were friendly and plentiful and there was a water station at about 3K and then 7K on the way back. I actually thought the out and back route was really nice. Wasn't really a problem having the quicker runners coming back on one side and the slower runners going out on the other side. It meant we could cheer for and encourage our friends and club mates.
Nice flat course which would have had pb potential but for the warm conditions. Finish was well organised with a bottle of water, a banana and a goody bag being handed out.
Instead of a medal we were presented with a golden boot. Not bad and I actually quite like it but it doesn't really stand out as being from the Folkestone 10K like a design on a medal would. I have another one from a different race in Kent.
Apart from the couple of minor issues I had a really fun time at this race and would definitely come back. Nice location and easy access from the motorway (I came from Sevenoaks). Friendly people and a flat 10K along the coast. Thanks to the organisers. Date of review: May 27, 2014
In short: Amazing race In full: I really can't praise the race organisers highly enough. I have run many races all over Europe and this one is going to take some beating. I don't even have any suggestions for minor improvements, it was pretty near perfect.
Lovely start area on the racecourse. Mile markers were large and the drinks stations were frequent. The water bottles were exactly the right size and there were several large bins after all the water stops. Great support with really friendly locals along the route.
Thank you very much to all the volunteers along the course and at the finish, you were absolutely fantastic. Well done to Andy and Chris and everyone else involved, you can be really proud of putting on such a brilliant event. Date of review: May 18, 2014
In short: Lovely race In full: I haven't run this race for a few years and it was lovely to be back. No problems with parking, there was loads of space and plenty of marshals. Race HQ was excellent and picking up number was very easy.
The two lap course is great. Marshals were really encouraging which is always appreciated by us runners. Fast course so if you want a pb here could be the place to do it.
Thanks to Ravi and his team at Larkfield AC for putting on a great event. See you next time! Date of review: May 11, 2014
In short: Great value race In full: 3rd time for me at this race and, as always, the host club (Kent AC) put on an excellent race.
Arrived in good time and was able to park without any problems. My number was sent to me in the post, but entry on the day was available inside the school. I think I saw refreshments being sold inside the school hall for the benefit of spectators.
After a short walk to the start the race got under way. Something was said by the Race Director before the start but people at the back couldn't hear. I've done this race before so knew what we were doing, but this may not have been clear to others. For example, "It's three laps" or "keep to the pavement".
Quite a congested start but as this was part of the grand prix numbers were higher than usual and I don't know what else could have been done. Great to see so many runners taking part!
Without exception the marshals were absolutely fantastic. Each one of them made the race so enjoyable. It really does make a difference so thank you very much to all of you.
I hope to run this race again in the not too distant future. Date of review: March 10, 2014
In short: Always a fantastic event! In full: Despite some potential problems due to the poor weather we've had recently, the organisers were brilliant. I received regular emails regarding the route and car parking changes. I must say I really like parking where we do now (there's loads of space and it's an easy walk to HQ). Change of route wasn't a problem at all and it meant we all got a run. I guess it was slightly harder than previous years as my time was slower even though I'm much fitter now. Be interesting to see if that's the case. The volunteers out on the course did a splendid job, and it was great to have support from the crowd coming down the hill towards the finish. Nice medal as well. Thank you to the organisers for a wonderful day out. Date of review: February 3, 2014
In short: Brilliant race In full: Excellent organisation as always with friendly marshals. Good mix of abilities. Refreshments at the end. What more could you want from a race? Date of review: December 13, 2013
In short: Relaxed family atmosphere In full: I did this race 4 or 5 years ago (before Nice Work had the management of it) and I think it has improved a lot.
No probs with registration, parking, race instructions etc. The start and finish is in a field where everyone is parked. This makes watching the race and getting away afterwards very straightforward.
Fast course through some very pleasant country lanes. Marshalling was good (thank you to the volunteers!) and there was a nice mix of abilities. Very welcoming to the slower / newer runners out there.
Chip timing might be an improvement and also maybe a clock with the gun time at the finish line. Although I'm quite happy with the gun time. It's a fairly low key, scenic, friendly run rather than one where time is too important (to most people anyway).
Refreshments at the end. Thanks to the organisers Date of review: June 16, 2013
In short: Fantastic race, fantsastic location! In full: Having entered the race quite late, I received a very nice email from the organisers with a race pack and race instructions attached.
No probs with parking or the start of the race. It was, however, quite congested towards the back this year due to increase in numbers. Good support throughout the race and a couple of water stations in the middle which were great.
After running through some woods, there's a steep ascent followed by a very fast last mile to the finish. The finish area was good. Being on a village green there was coffee, ice cream, beer, burgers etc for people to enjoy once they'd finished.
Lovely atmosphere with beautiful scenery. A great race! Date of review: June 1, 2013
In short: One to say you've done In full: This was my second attempt at the Marathon, having run it last year as well. I really like the start area. PLenty of room for runners and spectators, people taking photos, warming up etc. Once we got going the crowds were brilliant, but this was only in places. Members of the public handing out jelly babies was much appreciated. Support from volunteers at water stations was fine. The bottles of water were the right size (330ml) so well done to the organisers for this.
For the long boring bit of the race where people are running in opposite directions there needs to be some kind of barrier down the middle of the road to prevent any chance of accidents. Once the race was over it wasn't obvious where we had to go. I appreciate the runners only area is good and the reunion area is a nice idea. However it wasn't clear where anything was. In future can I please be handed my finishers medal by an adult? Many reasons for this, the least important of which is that it looks amateurish otherwise. Nice big open space at the finish which is great but do you really expect people who have just run a marathon to walk that far to catch a bus back to the city centre. NOBODY checked our tickets anywhere. I paid 20 pounds to get my parents to the finish and then all of us back to the city centre. I needn't have bothered! Date of review: May 29, 2013