In short: Great organisation. challenging course and friendly marshals In full: I ran this race last year and was so impressed I came back this year. You simply can't fault the race HQ inside the Queen's Stand at the racecourse.
The weather was kinder to us this year, although it was quite blustery before the start. I didn't hear the start gun despite being relatively near the front. Perhaps it was too windy? Not a major issue as it was obvious the race had started.
Pacing was quite hard throughout, with faster sections and slower sections. There were hills to climb but enough downhill as well.
Slight confusion right at the end where a lot of the runners ran on the grass towards the finish. I'm not sure at which point we were supposed to go from the road to the grass for the finish. Again it wasn't clear when we were running in whether to go to the left or right of the funnel right before the finish line. A minor point on an otherwise faultless race.
Once again the marshals were absolutely fantastic. Thank you very much to all of you. Date of review: November 16, 2015
In short: Nice friendly race with great organisation In full: Everything about this race was really good to be honest. We arrived about an hour before the start and parked two minutes walk from the Julie Rose stadium in the designated car park. Collecting race numbers was easy and it was nice to be able to do some laps of the track before the start of the race. I liked the velcro strap with the chip attached, very easy to put on.
We all gathered on the track and seemed to be sufficiently spaced out. The race began, and after about 100m on the track we were out on the local roads (which were all closed to traffic). Support from both the marshals and the local supporters was absolutely fantastic throughout. On returning to the track we had about 300m to run to the finish. This gives family and friends the chance to watch from inside the stadium and allows a final push to the line.
I had a really great day and managed to run a pb, even though the course wasn't as flat as I remember from four years ago. Thank you to everyone involved with the organisation. I'd love to come back in the future. Date of review: October 11, 2015
In short: A great day out In full: I can't believe I haven't done this race before. A beautiful setting with great facilities at race HQ with really friendly hosts. Despite the awful weather conditions everybody was really friendly and cheerful. The course itself was challenging (particularly in the first 3 or 4 miles) and it was a shame that a small section of the route was flooded (just one of those things).
An absolute bargain at only £13 for affiliated runners. I know it wasn't chip timed but to be honest that automatically puts the entry fee up and I'd rather pay the lower price and do without.
Thank you very much to the host club (Epsom and Ewell Harriers) especially all of the fantastic marshals standing out on the course in the horrible weather. You were all superb! Date of review: November 24, 2014
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