The Kent Roadrunner marathon has an amazing reputation for being one of the most well organised running events in the country. I first came across Kent RR in the runners world events section in early June 2014, and was greatly impressed with all the positive ratings from other runners. With a little research I came across the official Kent Roadrunner 2014 video, which showed how informal and friendly the race is. Don’t be fooled by the relaxed surroundings; the Kent RR is a gold standard UK Athletics measured race, so you can be sure that you results will count toward your powerof10 and runbritain handicap (if you are into that!). Without delay, I signed up for the 2015 race, and was pleasantly surprised that that I could even have my own choice of race number! I opted for “84” (the year I was born in). It was then a case of eager anticipation and almost a years wait before the 2015 race.
The Brighton marathon is the second largest marathon in the UK, after London. Attracting around 10,000 runners and running through one of England’s most beautiful cities, it truly was an epic event. I spent the night before the race at Gatwick Airport Hilton, taking the 7:26am Southern Rail train into Brighton, arriving just after 8:00hrs. Having already collected my race pack before the event, I was all good to go!
Alighting from Preston Park station, I walked to the start in Withdean Park, which was around 10 minutes away by foot. The main mass start was in Preston Park, however, I was fortunate enough to have secured a place in the “elite” wave start. The start here was a fair bit quieter than I had envisioned, with some very serious looking runners warming up. There was also a secure elite tent and portaloo area, fenced off from everyone else, housing the ‘true’ elite athletes!