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Wow. What an event. 7000-odd people, hundreds of kids competing, lots of different distances .
On the way back from the event we were trying to find fault with the day. We failed ! Even the weather was great.
Great goody bags, good food, plenty of entertainments – all made possible by the sheer number of people I guess.
Spectators commented that the info provided was very helpful knowing where to stand to see the friends/family competing. I think as well the event was a great advert for Kent. Hever and Chiddingstone Castles are pretty amazing tourist destinations as were the forest, valleys and town en-route.
The course was hard. Very hard. Definitely one of the hardest I’ve done, especially with the wrong cassette on the back (oh dear!). There seemed to be many walkers on the gauntlet run, tired by two long hard bike laps. Many of the competitors I spoke to thoroughly enjoyed the challenge of the Half-Iron distance Gauntlet and Olympic distance events, agreeing the course was tough.
Next year (2015) there is again the attraction of the full Ironman distance ‘Bastion’ distance. I’ll be back for more suffering !