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
In short: Given the right weather, this has to be a PB course. In full: Teething troubles from 2008 have been ironed out, and this race went superbly in 2009. Although I was brought up in Thorpe Bay, the opening up of some former MOD land meant that I was running somewhere I had never been before. £11 for a course which was closed to traffic with effectively 9 drinks stations is fantastic value, and the medal at the end had been specifically made for the event; I shall definitely be back. Date of review: June 18, 2009
In short: The best race of the year - every year, In full: 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. At £7 with full support and a technical tee-shirt for the finishers, this race is a must do. Date of review: January 26, 2009
In short: A very pleasant way to spend a morning. In full: A well-organised race with three drinks stations in 10K, which are a godsend when the weather is hot. 2008 was pleasantly warm. This course does have some PB potential, but that is reduced by the fact that it is held in July, and the undulations in the second half can prove tough if you set off too fast.
Although not held on a traffic free course, some of the roads are so lightly used that meeting a car is unusual at any time of day, let alone on a Sunday morning. Added to that, Spendiff is so tiny that most of the locals do not know of its existence! Date of review: July 14, 2008