In short: Two main failings could have easily been avoided In full: 1. There were a large number of toilets but none of the urinal style ones which let to enormous queues. I have no idea why they did not offer these at such a large event, like every other race does. 2. The starting pens were far too big which mixed slow and fast runners together. Combined with the unavoidably narrow first few kilometres, it was extremely difficult to get past the slower runners in front. This was very frustrating and I'm sure ruined the chance of a PB for many people (fortunately not me). As well as making the pens smaller, they should have predicted finish time signs to group together runners of similar ability. Again, a no-brainer for a big event like this, even one that's only 10km.
The goody-bag was full of food and the tshirt is of good quality.
Would I pay to do this race again? Unless they addressed these two problems - no way! Date of review: May 31, 2016
In short: Friendly Marshals and well organised but a little steep In full: It's not the most inspiring course in the world but it's flat, although it was unsurprisingly quite windy which proved very tough on the way out. It's perhaps a shame it can't be routed on the more sheltered path next to the canal. The race was well organised (except for the directions to the start line) and the marshals/supporters were very encouraging in Hythe. I do think it's a little pricey considering there's no roads to close (presumably that's not free) or much in the way of food/goodies at the end; I'd expected more for the £20 considering what other races provide. Date of review: March 30, 2013
In short: Great race, only let down by the goodybag In full: I've run this before and it's a great course with some decent hills and varying scenery. The crowd, marshals and bag tent were great. The only real let down, as others have already stated, is the complete lack of any food in the goodybag. I'd much rather trade the tshirt for a banana or two. I'd also prefer another water station instead of the sponges which are of little use in February. Date of review: February 6, 2013