In short: A very special and humble event deserving of a visit In full: This was my third time at the Darent Valley 10k and it's a great little run through country lanes and little villages with very respectable crowd support for the size of the event. There are a couple of hills to contend with so not the quickest of courses but it's the atmosphere of this race that makes it so special.
Well done to the organisers and volunteers. Putting in extra effort to protect runners from the potholes at the start really showed you guys care about putting on a good run. Date of review: April 7, 2014
In short: Fairly poor organisation - smelled very much like the work of non-runners In full: A small pub is not a great HQ for a race expecting around 400 runners (limit 500), all of whom have to pick their number up on race day. The volume of people made it difficult to get to number pickup and to bag drop and large queues formed outside. To their credit the organisers delayed the start of the race in acknowledgement of the inadequate setup.
The lack of a megaphone or PA system meant that the instructions at the start were inaudible. At least there was a klaxxon available to start the race.
Loos were just about sufficient but the portaloos were tucked away and not signposted which led to them being underutilised whilst the pub and public toilets were overutilised.
The course was pleasant enough on quiet country roads. Pretty flat course but more like 50-60 meters of climbing rather than the advertised '6'.
Marshalls on the course were friendly but the HQ volunteers were a bit snotty. I assume this was because they were feeling the pressure.
Below average value. I expect much better for £15. I've been to local races organised by running clubs for a couple of quid that would put this one to shame. Wouldn't do it again. Date of review: February 23, 2014
In short: Great fun in a popular park In full: Second time I've done this one and I'm surprised it doesn't fill up each time as it's a great local event. It's hard work but the course is interesting and challenging. Beckenham are a friendly, welcoming club too and the marshalls were brilliant. Date of review: November 10, 2013
In short: Friendly and organised - the two most important things for me In full: Well organised and friendly race with a good atmosphere. We were fortunate with a nice day and although it's on roads they were mostly quiet with patient drivers. Not a quick course but good for teaching those who go out too fast a thing or two. Date of review: October 6, 2013
In short: A day at the seaside AND a marathon! In full: An enjoyable day with smooth organisation and fab marshalls. Very pleasant route and lots of friendly seaside spectators to give encouragement! Date of review: September 4, 2012
In short: A must do for those in the South-East, and further! In full: Returned for my second Bewl 15 and although we didn't have the glorious sunshine this year it didn't matter. The reservoir makes for a pretty course, changing conditions underfoot kept things interesting and the hills at the end help to teach you a little about yourself.
The updates from the race director beforehand was a nice personal touch and made for a welcoming event, and the shuttle service to and from the train station was just over and above. Beer, cakes and a brass band at the end. I mean, what else could you possibly ask for? Date of review: July 1, 2012