In short: Lovely country race. Great atmosphere. Will do again In full: A reasonably challenging race, mainly on road with a few short sections on paths, in a lovely rural setting. Friendly atmosphere and no crowding. The marshals were extremely encouraging all the way round - a big thank you to them. The organisation and facilities were very good. The highlight was having my medal presented by Dame Kelly Holmes, who also started the race. A very memorable day. I will be back. Date of review: September 8, 2013
In short: Scenic and very friendly trail race. Would do again In full: This is a reasonably challenging trail race with plenty of variety and great views of the river. The atmosphere was friendly and the marshalling was excellent, particularly at the road crossings. To round off the event in style, there was a big medal and a very tasty pasta meal at the end. Well done Hermes Running. Date of review: August 26, 2013
In short: Lovely race with a friendly, inclusive atmosphere and in a great setting. I will be back. In full: I was delighted to discover this race. The course is flat and run on unbelievably quiet country lanes with lovely scenery. The race was very well marshalled throughout and the atmosphere at the end was lively and fun, with music and the best collection of cakes for runners that I have ever seen. I am more than happy not to have a goody bag in return for such excellent cake! A special word must go to the announcer who did a great job of calling out all the runners’ names as they crossed the line – and I enjoyed the jokes too. The medal is attractive and distinctive. Date of review: July 24, 2013
In short: Fantastic race In full: Reasonably challenging race in some of the most picturesque countryside I have ever run through. It takes your mind off the hills. The race organisation and planning is excellent, from the plentiful parking, good loos and changing facilities,a memorable start on the lovely village green, excellent marshalling and a good selection of refreshments at the end. The organisers have thought of everything ... but hang on, where's the medal? The cap is quite nice, but I do like a medal, particularly for a longer distance. I'll come back if I can have one next year - please :-) Date of review: June 25, 2013
In short: I loved this race In full: Great race, extremely well-organised, with excellent crowd support which really helps over a longer distance. Thanks to everyone who turned out to volunteer, provide music and/or to cheer the runners on. You all made it a truly memorable race and one which I want to take part in again. In the meantime, the medal and t-shirt are really attractive mementoes of the day. And finally, I found the training plans on the web site very helpful. Date of review: June 25, 2013
In short: Great race - highly recommended In full: Very picturesque setting in historic Bushy Park. The race organisation was extremely efficient, from registration through to the fast results service at the end. The route was well signposted, with friendly and encouraging marshals in place at all the key points - a big thank you to them and all the other volunteers for turning out in the cold and rain. Nice array of cakes, biscuits and chocolate bars at the finish line - and a medal as well. A very enjoyable race. Date of review: March 17, 2013
In short: Great race in a beautiful setting - I will be back next year In full: I loved everything about this race - the friendly atmosphere, lovely village setting, great scenery - and the cakes afterwards! One of my most memorable races of 2012. Date of review: October 30, 2012
In short: Poor organisation spoiled what could have been a good race In full: There were some good points to this race: the marshals were very cheerful and helpful and the scenery was pleasant and interesting once we left the industrial estate behind. It was also good idea to start the race at Lee Valley Athletics Centre which had plenty of parking and good facilities. However, there were also some serious problems with the race and I for one will not be taking part in a Kilomathon again unless they are sorted out.
(i) The race ended in the middle of a field, miles from anywhere, and with nowhere to buy a hot drink or shelter from the cold - not a great idea at the end of October, particularly given the delays with the shuttle transport
(ii) The bus transport back to the start was totally inadequate for the number of runners/spectators. Bus transport had to be booked and paid for in advance, so the organisers knew how many people would want to use it. What went wrong?
(iii) The road closures did not appear to have been managed properly. There were few signs for drivers and at one point I saw a car driver try to make a right turn into a "closed" road we were running along.
Was there a race licence for this event? I've tried to upload my result to the Runbritain/Power of 10 websites and I get a message saying no record of a licence. Date of review: October 30, 2012
In short: Scenic road race with great atmosphere - definitely in my calendar for 2013 In full: Very enjoyable road race through scenic countryside. A couple of hills - but not too challenging. Battle makes a great start and finish for the race - with the backdrop of the Abbey and lots of people lining the High Street, plus support along the country lanes. The mayor of Battle presented prizes afterwards. Highlights - so many to mention: friendly people; the drummers; lovely scenery; hot food at the finish and a great medal. Well done Battle Bonfire Boyes! Date of review: September 25, 2012