In short: On a beautiful summers evening a superb location and, as usual, fantastic organisation by Nice Work In full: A unique location - more people should try this race. Date of review: July 31, 2014
In short: Off road practice required, but well worth it! In full: This was a brilliant race. Down hilling with a lot of other racers in front wasn't the easiest, but it was a good run. Don't expect to get a new PB though, as the hills are going to take it out of you and the uneven surface makes you more cautious about foot placement. You'll be hopping over rocks up and down hill, ducking under branches, and the alike, but it was great fun! Date of review: July 30, 2014
In short: A good challenging course In full: Ran this as a useful hard training run for bigger races. The winding forest paths found me out as I was on a break from London. Not as fit as I thought I was and useful to run a mixed terrain course. Nice technical t-shirt , no medal (don't need these for a 10k) costing only £14 on the day. A bargain for a 10k really. Race director promptly responded with questions. Only gripe is the men had to share one toilet and with 250+ entrants this year that was a challenge in itself. Date of review: July 29, 2014
In short: Monmouth 11km challenge run In full: This was my first outing to the 11km Challenge run. Entering the race was a bit tricky as the website was not intuitive and there was the impediment of having to register with another website to then enter.
When I showed up on the day the registration hall way empty apart from me and the race official. It transpired that there were 6 entrants in the race. You could feel the tumbleweed atmosphere slightly.
The start ran late which was a slight inconvenience. I felt as though this race was a bit of a sideshow for the main aquathlon (swim and run event). There was a good mix of club runners, so the standard was good having said this.
The course was picturesque and lovely running alongside the Wye and crossing the bridges. There was a detour apparently just after the halfway stage that was not fully marked in my view and I got lost at one turn. This cost me time.
Another section was described by the race organiser as a jungle at the pre-race briefing. They were accurate in this description. I sense that someone had just gone round on the morning of the race and hacked a foot wide path through the stingers and japanese knotweed to allow passage. This meant the going was arduous under foot as the cut back rod of weeds were knarlly underfoot. I didn't appreciate this, and it just became a grind rather than a challenege as it just went on for too long. I tripped on the undergrowth. A bit later on I was concentrating so hard on conditions under foot that I bumped my head on an overhanging tree. Damned if you do etc.
The marshalling was a little worrying at stages. As someone who has marshalled at other races quite a lot I found it patchy in places. Particularly towards sections where the path comes to road junctions. I just sense they were struggling for marshalls as they could have done with twice as many. Which, given my race fee I was surprised this aspect wasn't better. As it represented poor value for money.
Having said all of these concerns you can't take away the fact that this area is spectacularly beautiful. There were sufficient refreshment stations for water etc. I think the organisers just need to decide what they want to be focusing on, a run or the aquathlon. From here they need to concentrate on the things that matter. Date of review: July 29, 2014
In short: Really good event despite torrential rain. In full: After reading previous reviews I was unsure about entering this one. What made my mind up was the fact that nearly all the Nice Work events have a kids race. When you have a 5 year old champing at the bit to run like his dad this makes the difference. (Well done Nice Work!). The previous years reviews I presume had been listened to as I found everything brilliant. Toilets nearby, water stations.. everything you could need. Started off dry but the rain came 2 miles in and boy did it rain. Course is fairly flat apart from one hill 2/3rds in. Ran my all time best time by over 3 minutes so was chuffed.. Will be back. Date of review: July 29, 2014
In short: Brilliant race. Very well organinsed as usual. In full: Always love this race. Great organisation, a lovely flattish countryside roads, great marshals, good support for a race in the country and excellent start and finish area. Tea and cake along with a chat in the sunshine with other runners is lovely. See you next year. Date of review: July 29, 2014
In short: Fun challenging 10k by the sea as part of Deal regatta...what's not to like: the town was buzzing In full: Excellent challenging course with hills and heat, great support by very friendly marshalla and great finish line atmosphere from town numbers swelled by Deal regatta.I haven't done any 10KS this year since moving over to marathons but there is a reason why this is the 10K that I just had to do. Well done to the organisers! Date of review: July 29, 2014
In short: Wanted to run the loop a second time. In full: Flew in from Lausanne, Switzerland and was absolutely thrilled to have been a part of Swansea's first Half Marathon event! Planned and executed by two local men with no prior race-organization experience and all done within a tight timeframe. Hats off to you both (Nick and David) and to all the hands on deck throughout the day itself.
More of the same next year please!
Contrary to the mass majority of opinions so far, the final 4km through the SA1 complex was actually my favorite part of the race. Hottest part of the morning, nice and urban and gave the race a gritty feel and in the absence of happy clapping supporters, the racers had to really dig-in, which is a part of what racing (as opposed to fun-running) is all about :-)
Can't wait for 2015. Date of review: July 29, 2014
In short: First one ... well done In full: Well organised for a first race. Not all finishers received a medal, due I think to uncertainty around numbers of entrants. I'm sure this will be addressed next year. Great atmosphere. Friendly and encouraging marshals. Well worth the effort. Date of review: July 29, 2014
In short: Not my favourite because of repetitive course. In full: Found the 4 lap format draining as I knew what was next each time - not always comforting & very repetitive. 4 lots of water was well received even though found drinking with cups difficult, maybe 1 drink station with water bottle instead? Easy parking but lack of scenery made this a tough event to see through even though medal was nice. Date of review: July 28, 2014
In short: One of the most scenic races I've done In full: A very well organised race, as it has been the previous two times I've run it. It was nice to be able to get a printout of your result as soon as you'd finished, and the ice cream van was very welcome on a hot day, nothing else to add to the other comments. I certainly hope to do it again next year. Date of review: July 28, 2014
In short: Crowd-lined finish with commentator calling your name as you cross finish-line was exhillarating :) In full: Lots of family & Club support, marshalls were MAGNIFICENT and were so cheery & encouraging (I didnt say 'thanks' anywhere near enough as needed the oxygen to breathe - hills!- but thank you for those continuous, frequent words of optimism, even when I didnt feel so great!) Got my number without fuss, timing chip easy to attach, all pretty straightforward. Things to improve? I personally CANNOT drink out of cups whilst running but on the plus-side got a nice refreshing face-wash (twice over) during the race. Perhaps the organisers would consider one drinks station at the midway point with bottled water instead of 2 with difficult cups? The kids race started with people still meandering over the course route, most completely unwittingly. A small H&S matter maybe but not a thing to moan about by any means. Probably the thing I heard moaned about the most was the 2 loos for the women. Considering the size of the event (plus spectators), this was woefully inaqequate and of course, lacked loo-roll by the time we managed to get in at 9.50am, panicking at no warm-up. All in all, really enjoyed the event, fish'n'chips, ice cream, a nice medal and PB whilst having my kids cheer me on really made my day. Thanks Deal Tri for laying on a really enjoyable event.....horrid hills tho! ;) Date of review: July 28, 2014
In full: I agree with comments reported so far. The race start/finish area needs attention, especially where queues formed (collecting race numbers) from inside scout hut to where children were finishing their race. Water was hard to see at end - i missed it. No real problems for myself with marshalling. Really good announcer made all finishers feel special. Date of review: July 28, 2014
In short: Where was my womble medal?!! In full: Lovely race!! Really enjoyed the course, though the hill at the start (and again at miles 6-8 ish) was tougher than I'd anticipated! Was more trail-y than I had imagined too, so would be hard to get a pb unless you were very used to trails. Lots of marshalls and enough drinks stations and accurate mile markers, except 3 was either missing or not well located as I didn't see it on either lap! A pretty route, didn't get as congested as I'd thought it might, but I did get trapped behind some iPod wearing big men who couldn't hear me behind them and just blocked the path! I didn't get a Womble medal but a TINY tennis racquet one?!! So I'm not sure what happened there - I came about 140th out of 700 approx so unless they only gave them to the top few I don't know what happened?!!! Booooo! Cos mine was crap! Really small, the size of my door key! But you did get a tshirt, flapjack and fruit so for £24 I thought it was pretty good value, especially for London. Would definitely recommend and run again as really enjoyed it. Date of review: July 28, 2014