Dartford Harriers AC provided the runners with all the amenities required, which were excellent. Nice Work were superb in their organisation as always. Big up to the young cadets on car parking duties. The race started on time and soon were were onto quiet country lanes. Support was fantastic by the residents. The first 5 miles seems to all up hill on this undulating course. There were some superb downhills, though. The hill at mile 10 was very challenging and I conceded defeat and walked it. A lovely lady was at the top to high five! From then on it was good running back to Central Park. The marshalls were exceptional, but the ones on the road crossing, when we came from the subway, near the roundabout to the A225 were fantastic and had the trafffic management well in hand. Lovely finish on the athletics track and a hot cup of tea! Well done everyone and thank you.
Posted on 13.03.18
Well organised event, great route & incredible medal!
Posted on 12.03.18
I completed this race yesterday for the first time (also my first half), it was very well organised and marshalled, with some closed roads and manned crossing points. Plenty of water stops provided and great food at the end (chocolate cookies much appreciated, plus bananas, energy balls, and fruit bags). All the marshalls were friendly and encouraging, despite standing out in the cold for hours, there were also quite a few members of the public along the route with encouragement and treats!
The course itself is good, tarmacced country lanes and roads, but it is quite hilly. The big, steep hill at mile 10 is a killer! I didn't see anyone manage to run up the whole thing! After the killer hill, the rest of the route is gently downhill back to the park and it is nice to finish with a lap of the athletics track even if I didn't have enough energy left for a sprint finish!
Due to the snow last week, we didn't receive our race packs in the post prior to the event, but the team were very good and provided alternative bib numbers for us with ease.
There were a few photographers out on the route and a photographer from the Dartford Messenger there before the race began.
Medal is great quality, solid metal with the date of the event on the ribbon. I would definitely do this half again and recommend it to anyone.
Posted on 12.03.18