In short: Wonderful organisation, beautiful route, great day out! In full: Tunbridge Wells Harriers knows how to put on a good race. It is definitely a race for runners organised by runners. Pre race updates and registration - check. Ample portaloos - check. Beautiful scenic route - check. Wonderfully encouraging marshals - check. Value for money - check.
I couldn't fault the organisers in any way. There were a few hills on the route but this added to the sense of achievement when the race was over. The toilet marshals deserve special mention - they made the dreaded pre race loo queue a doddle.
The only thing I wished could be done differently was for the roads to be closed. A few narrow bits and impatient drivers on the course.
But overall a fantastic course and I will definitely be back in 2014! Date of review: March 2, 2013
In short: Muddy, hilly, but the friendly marshals and breathtaking scenery was worth every step! Back next year! In full: This was my first ever attempt at a trail run - and I'm very much a novice at any kind of running, having only started running over a year ago. I picked this run as a post marathon challenge after reading so many glorious reviews on Runners World.
Being the urban city dweller that I am, I went into the race, unfit, untrained, unprepared for the hills and recovering from a hideous chest infection. I jogged, I walked A LOT. Despite being one of the slowest in the field, the marshals were ever so encouraging. Not once was I made to feel bad for being so slow. Even when it poured with rain, the marshals were enthusiastically cheering me on.
The beautiful scenery of the North Downs left me awestruck. I was taking photos like the avid tourist. This run was the perfect reminder of why I fell in love with running in the first place, all about getting out there in nature.
Cakes and cheers at the end were such a nice way to finish the day off. Well done organisers! Definitely be back! Date of review: June 25, 2012