In short: If this is not on your "to do" list, you must already have done it. In full: This is the fourth time I have done this race, but every year has been fantastic. This year, I had the pleasure of running in a large group of fancy dress runners. I set a massive personal worst, but it really did not matter as we had a great time, and we stuck together for the full 26.2 miles. I was thinking about doing something different next year, but after yesterday, I may very well be back. Date of review: September 14, 2015
In short: The Isle of Thanet at its Best In full: Really well-organised race along the Kent Coast, and blessed with beautiful weather to boot. The marshals were all very encouraging - the smiles on their faces showed that they were enjoying themselves too, and as a regular, it is always good to be greeted by name. The second half can be a bit of a lonely experience, but this year I had a couple of club mates to help keep me going, and I set a personal course best (and still got beaten by the same lady who is usually 2-3 minutes ahead at the finish... by 2-3 minutes) Date of review: September 8, 2015
In short: Already on the list for 2016! In full: Although running laps is not everyone's cup of tea, it tends to make the time go rather faster than it can on single loop marathons, and the smooth surface, coupled with the fairly gentle gradients, and the fact that you know exactly what's around the next corner mean that I have always done well at this event. The organisation is faultless because it is organised by a runner for other runners, and it's great for spectators too, as even if they miss you on one lap, they know you'll be back again in a few minutes' time. Date of review: May 31, 2015
In short: Hot and hilly in 2012, but I shall certainly do it again. In full: This is one tough race, although the wine did little (if anything) for my time. I was pleased I opted for the fancy dress as it helped me to feel more part of the event, even if I suffered somewhat as a result of my choice of clothing (because of the heat). If in doubt, do it! Date of review: September 11, 2012
In short: Once run, never forgotten. In full: This was my fourth attempt (and failure) at beating the train. The course was slightly different from previous years in that it featured sunshine. This improved the views, but made it tougher than it sometimes is. My boys did the 3.5 mile version, and want to do it again next year... Date of review: September 4, 2012
In short: Much better use for a cyletrack than cycling! In full: Any race involving laps can be a bit dull, but it also makes it much easier to get the organisation right, so with 16 drinks stations, the facilities are good. In compensation, the laps mean that you can see how you are doing in comparison with other runners, and you can get the chance to run with those you might not see in a single loop. Also, if you want to wear headphones, you can as there are no cars to worry about! Date of review: September 4, 2012
In short: Any race organised by Thanet Roadrunners is one you can rely on. In full: 2012 was warm for the first half, but as we went on, the weather cooled, and the last 10 miles or so were ideal. This course was a slightly amended version of those we have done in previous years, but as it took out the horrible loop round the houses in Minnis Bay, and gave those in the start/finish area an extra opportunity to cheer on their loved ones, I would say it was a big improvement. Date of review: September 4, 2012
In short: A tough, but fair 20-miler In full: The 2010 edition of this course showed that the organisers had listened to what people said last year, and had acted upon it. As always, with a Thanet RR event, it was well-organised and the marshals did a great job in distinctly chilly conditions.
I'm still waiting for the "cabbage for all finishers", though! Date of review: March 8, 2010
In short: I rearranged other commitments to be here, and was not diappointed. In full: In 2009, I wrote: 2009 was the wettest, muddiest year I can remember (I've started the race 13 times) - there's nothing better than being able to stomp through puddles without a care in the world, and the chance to hold hands with some attractive ladies to prevent them from falling over was an added bonus.
2010 was even muddier - the company was even better, but please, don't tell everyone about this race as they will all want to do it... Date of review: January 26, 2010
In short: Something a little different In full: I am always full of admiration for those who manage to organize races in South-East London, as it is difficult to find routes which get out of residential streets and which do not have multiple laps. The Petts Wood 10K manages to achieve both. I am not a fan of residential races, but this race managed to get out into the country for the middle 4 miles, and the supporters used local knowledge to appear several times on the course, which, coupled with having my name on my number, meant that I got more support than I had anticipated.
The course itself was definitely undulating, and some narrow sections made PBs much harder to obtain than on other courses, but this is definitely one to do again - but note that the 750 limit was reached this year, and the course will not easily cope with more, so enter early for 2010! Date of review: October 20, 2009