In short: Perfect conditions for perfect race In full: Did this race first on a hot day in 2012. Today the conditions were perfect for running. The nice breeze was a God send.
A few good changes since 2012:- Chip timing introduced with the easiest chip to put on the laces(no plastic strips!!). There are now 3 water stations at about 2Km, 5Km and 8Km. The organisers have taken note of mine and others suggestions from 2012 that nobody parked in the car park on the start/finish line can leave until all runners have finished.
The course including the long drag at 6.5Km remains! But otherwise a good flat course to get a good time.
Water, energy bars and medal at the end.
Will be back next year. Date of review: June 15, 2014
In short: Excellent organisation, mildly challenging course In full: Second time round for me. Enjoy this race as it is so well organised and the course has 2 hills (1 steep; 1 gradual climb) to make it mildly challenging for me. Beat my time from last year so very happy.
HQ is very good for runners nd supporters. Not sure there were portal oops but enough greenery around for the lads to relieve themselves!
Nice t shirt, medal and water at the finish line. Nice feel good race and crowd. Marshals on the main road again did superbly when we were leaving in the busy London Road.
Well done to all. Date of review: September 15, 2013
In short: Well organised race on a flat course by the seaside In full: Enjoyed this event. Nice flat course by the seaside. 1 water station. Well organised even the cool weather was sorted! Chip timing. Good mix of runners. Brilliant unique trophy (gold running shoe!)
Only issue are the lack of portaloos but not a big deal.
Will be back next year. Date of review: May 26, 2013
In short: Well organised race on a mostly flat course In full: Second time round for me this year after watching my wife run it for 2 years. Always impressed with the organisation and support received from the public in this race. Only gripe was that I pre ordered a race t-shirt but they did not have my size in stock. Strange.
Otherwise the race is a good one. Nice flat course (apart from 3 railway crossings in the last 6 Kms). Well manned water stations and sponges (x3). Nice medal and OK goody bag (mars bar, water and oranges). Plenty of car parks. Information, chips, numbers all sent out very early. And always run in beautiful weather!
Did this as part of preparation for VLM as I suspect many others did too. I will be back! Date of review: April 7, 2013
In short: Well organised race on a challenging course In full: Well organised event. Smallish field (286). Plenty of water stations. Nice medal and goody bag. Fantastic marshalls.
Club runners dominated the race as it was included as Kent County Championship race. They were all very supportive of the back markers which was great.
For me, the course was challenging. Very undulating! First half takes you up and down the promenade and cliff top. Catches up with you in the second half. Very scenic though on the seafront and nice sandy beaches at that end (heading towards Broadstairs). The second half (heading towards Sandwich) was flatter with only a few rises. Not much scenery out that way.
Used this for training for the London Marathon. Definitely serves its purpose for that! Date of review: March 3, 2013
In short: Well organised race but was it too long again? In full: Second time running this one and again it delivered. Well organised; well supported; scenic route by the sea; plenty of water and energy drinks which was brilliant and well-manned; fantastic marshalls. For such a big field, the organisation was brilliant.
Nice medal again; goody bag was decidedly average (Mars Bar and packet of crisps).
Lastly, my Nike+ watch measured the course at 21.7Km...nobody else has said anything so I'm guessing I've taken the long way around!
In short: Well organised fun feel good race In full: Second time round for me. Perfect weather conditions this time (1 degree last year!). Majority of runners got into the spirit of the season with santa suits, hats, elves suits etc. Great to see.
Flattish course, one rise at the beginning which means a nice downhill run to finish line! 1 water water station.
Great medal. Nice warm mulled wine, mince pies and pudding greeting to you at the end.
Another job well done to the organisers, Nice Work. Merry Christmas! Date of review: December 16, 2012
In short: Excellent race, course, organisation - but that WIND! In full: Second time round for me and everything went as it did in 2011 - including that WIND! Nice when it was at your back but definitely used up petrol fighting against it. Of course the organisers cant do anything about that!
The course is a good quick one. The organisation brilliant (from numbers being sent out early; informative website; great car park marshalls; course marshalls; updating notices on Facebook; baggage/changing facilities). The medal is fantastic and the goody bag is the best you'll ever get anywhere.
The only reason why I say I wont run this again is because of the travel. Living in Kent, I am sticking with races in Kent and Sussex.
Easily the best race I have run in. Well done to the organisers.