In short: Worth running just for the experience of the incredible marshalling team!!! In full: A challenging first half with some fairly steep ups. Lovely atmosphere and route with lots of company from the half marathon runners. A distinctly different second half with long flat stretches alongside the sea. Quite lonely at times. A big mental challenge. All made better by the incredible team of the most supportive and helpful marshalls ever. Lots of water, bottled on the second half, plenty of gels and huge amounts of encouragement. A great medal, T-shirt and goody bag, and for me a 3rd team ladies prize to round off a great day out!! Date of review: September 19, 2010
In short: Great Race! Well done Deal-Tri on putting on a good show second time around. In full: Lovely race. Really enjoyed it. Very hilly and challenging especially after Canterbury the week before. So many ups and downs. Don't really recall any flat bits! But wasn't racing for PB and so just enjoyed the lovely scenic ups and downs. Not done this race before so can't compare to the old course. Will be interesting to do that next year.
Prefer a medal to a mug any day. But that's just me. Great, super encouraging marshalls and good water points.
Well done to Deal-Tri for organizing 2 races this year and coping so well under the circumstances.
In short: Shambolic start and uninspiring course. Very commercial. In full: Positives first. Lots of parking and toilets. Nice race village and atmosphere here. Great to have free Lucozade at the start. Good Marshalls and water points on the route. Good medal. Great Tech-T in the right size. (However would rather have a cheaper race and no T)Lovely to have breakfast and shop after the race.
Sadly spoilt by a shambolic start. I only did this race because it was a Kent GP Race but feel really sorry for those who were really trying to be competitive. Impossible to get near the front and I was there early. If this is to continue being a GP race this does need addressing.
The pacers were ridiculous!!!! Why were they all bunched up in front at the start? Managed to get within sight of the 55min pacer ( my target). Most inconsitant pacing. Going like the clappers one minute and slowing later. Even stopped, put his board down to relieve himself behind a bush, disappearing completely for km's before suddenly re-appearing when he caught up again. He crossed the line sub 54min in the end....but glad I had a Garmin to rely on and not a pacer. I did achieve my target time by a considerable margin. Saw the 45min pacer board disgarded not long after the start?? If pacers are appointed they really do need to consitantly do the job!
Warm up??? What warm up??
Overall a pricey very commercial race with not a particularly inspiring route. The start needs to seriously be addressed for future races......especially if they are to be GP races. Would I do it again.....only maybe....if it was a GP race again, and the biggest motivater to enter would not be the race, but the breakfast and shopping after!
In short: Relentlessly hilly and very hot this year In full: A superbly well organised race. Great marshalls & well manned and stocked water stations, which were very necessary in the heat of the day. A tough and challenging course but with wonderfully beautiful scenery.
A PW for me today but still enjoyed the race and pleased with my performance despite the time achieved. Date of review: May 24, 2010
In short: Brilliant Marathon!! What an excellent marathon debut for the organizers and myself. In full: For a first time marathon of this size I felt the orgaization was superb. The small glitches with the late start could be excused. The first half was lovely and scenic and the "hills" were really nothing to complain about. I also didn't mind the switch backs as it gave me a chance to see those I knew ahead of or behind me. It also made spectating for my family really easy.
Sadly for me a niggling knee injury became a real issue by half way and the second half was a huge battle. I liked the humour of The Wall. The lone cheering specator/marshall at that point was inspirational, as that stretch was quite grim. Maybe some more music/entertainment or something there would be helpful.
All fuel and water stations were well manned and there were sufficient. On the prom though there could have been better marking of the race area as this was a challenge having to share the space with the people, prams, dogs and toddlers who just wandered into your path.
Absolutely stunning medal received at a slick and well orgaized finish area.
And last but not least......the crowd support was phenominal!!! What an awesome feeling to be cheered down that last 2 mile stretch. Pain or not walking was not an option.
Please, please, please let this be an annual event as I will be back!! Date of review: April 26, 2010
In short: Lovely Race!! Excellent organization & superb, encouraging marshalling. In full: My first time running this and was enormously impressed. The organization was excellent. The hoodie is great. Thank you to a team of superb marshalls. All were very encouraging & supportive. Well manned water stations.
The route was scenic and rural. This is not a hilly course, the undulations were pleasant with nothing too steep or too long. A really good Spring marathon preparation race.
I shall DEFINATELY be back! Date of review: March 29, 2010
In short: Very scenic run in the countryside. More hilly than expected. In full: First time running this race and was a good day out. Weather was good with lovely sunshine, if a little chilly. Very pleasantly surprised by my time which was well below what I'd aimed for despite the hills. So a good day in all.
Did feel the marshalls could have been a bit more encoraging. Most I ran past didn't say a word. Would have loved a medal. Mugs for me just aren't the same as a good old medal round the neck. Sorry just my personal preferrence!... And a green banana that will be several days before edible. Date of review: February 2, 2010