In short: Decent trail race In full: A very good event run mainly run through Richmond Park and then along the Thames Towpath before - out and literally the same way back. A couple of minor quibbles - crossing 2 main roads - one with a zebra crossing which the marshal kindly helped my quick passage by stopping the traffic for me whilst a pelican crossing hindered progress at the other main road. I am not sure how those main roads can be avoided without relocating the Race HQ though?
I was also hindered at the finish line by two (or was it three?) lunatics who had driven their cars onto the course and were trying to find their way back out onto the road. Thanks a lot tossers!
Other than that, a big well done to the organisers and the marshals on a very wet day. Date of review: August 26, 2013
In short: Well done Canterbury Harriers! In full: A decent Bank Holiday 10K race held at the Tankerton end of Whitstable taking us out towards Herne Bay and back in on the sea wall. Whilst not pancake flat, it is a PB course. Well organised as ever, plenty of vocal marshals, a few unavoidable gripes remain, eg dog walkers and cyclists getting in the way on the sea wall whereas I wonder if the start line can be reviewed, it always feels particularly tight at the beginning.
All in all, a great race on the Kent road race calendar, I just wish I could run it a bit quicker... Date of review: May 11, 2013
In short: Excellent stuff as usual. marshals were plentiful and encouraging! Only gripe would be the "goody enverlope" and a dull medal - how about a mug instead! Fast race so a PB course for sure. Date of review: March 29, 2013
In short: Well done to Maidstone Harriers In full: This race nearly scored a perfect 5/5 except for one thing - that it was too crowded/hectic in the hall where runners were collecting their race numbers - there really was little room - Sweatshop possibly took up too much space for their stall or should I say mobile shop!!! Out on the course, everything was first class, great organisation, great marshalls and a lovely clear and crisp morning which guaranteed great views of the North Downs. A medal, technical t-shirt, £5 Sweatshop voucher made for excellent value for money. A big well done to Maidstone Harriers! Date of review: October 14, 2012
In short: A good event from Nice Work - good course, albeit the hilly sections were pretty grim, especially the hill at 10 miles! Well done to the marshalls both in number and their encouragement! Date of review: August 27, 2012
In short: Toilet Gate! In full: Firstly, Nice Work put on a number of events and they work like clockwork (i.e. clear route, well marshalled, chip timing and results on the website quickly) - however, there was one main issue with this event...
The nearest toilets were over 1K away which meant around a 2.2K return trip from the start line to go to the loo before the race started. This is really too far for a paid event - hopefully the start line can be repositioned for 2013 a lot closer to the loos!
As for the course itself, it was fairly featureless, but I could have guessed that beforehand, it is pretty well flat all the way round so quick times are pretty possible.
In short: Lovely stuff In full: A "marquee" event on the Kent race calendar, this was my first "TWHM" and I am sure it won't be my last - it has a big race feel to it, from Dame Kelly Holmes starting the race to the high quality medal and technical t-shirt at the end of it - not to forget the race in the middle. Not necessarily a PB course, but a decent course with great support from the locals. Date of review: May 13, 2012
In short: Nice mug and socks In full: Good race, disappointing numbers but then Whistable 10K takes all the Kent runners on the same day... Great starting and finishing on the athletics track. The wooded section of the course was very muddy, but if dry, a PB is possible on this course. Well done to the organisers and marshalls. I hope to be back in 2013. Date of review: May 13, 2012