In short: Great route and challenging but a lovely run! In full: This was my second time and very different conditions to the dry sunny day we had last year! I always enjoy this route, there was quite a hold up across the bridges and round the sewage works this year for anyone that started nearer the back but once that was passed the marshalling was excellent! Great atmosphere, everyone very encouraging and beginners very welcome! Looking forward to next years! Date of review: August 12, 2014
In short: Excellent 50k event In full: An excellent 50k event. Good directions and aid stations stocking water, jelly babies and fruit cake. This is a off road/road event so consideration that distance can be slightly out but hey it's not a road race! Wonderful organised event, changing, showers and helpful marshals. Only bug was the 'speedy' club runners on the short distance busting for a good time. Barging past at speed as they checked their watch!! As I said I always enjoy this event ,chip times, nice medal, parking, location easy to get to,great organisation lovely city! It did however rain this year but it all adds to the fun. Thank you team and see you next year for the 5th time. Brilliant. Date of review: August 12, 2014
In short: A Soggy Success In full: I had to withdraw because of injury last year so pleased to have the chance to run again...til I saw the forecast! First time I've ever run in the rain to be fair, and frankly it was an adventure start to finish - particularly as I couldn't even see through my glasses so ran without them. Interesting to say the least. I thought the organisation was fine and directions were great - not sure how the previous reviewer got directed to Chester Road but my own departure from the tube at Baker Street into Monkey Gate would have been perfect if I hadn't picked the shortcut off the enormous map at the entry and taken a wrong turn. Everyone was soaked, it was a great adventure and that's what made it a memorable event. No one can control the weather. Flooding changing rooms may happen in the remnants of a hurricane and similarly to getting lost en route to a *very* clearly demarcated venue, I wouldn't hold the organisers to fault for it. Meh. Nice run, Nice Work indeed and for a great cause. Date of review: August 11, 2014
In short: Cyclone Bertha...you'll not stop us! In full: Despite the weather the atmosphere was excellent with all organisers, marshals and competitors making the event very different Date of review: August 11, 2014
In short: PB potential, bad weather, potential for better organisation In full: The weather conditions were unfortunate (for August!) but then I've come to learn that's all part of the challenge on the day. There appeared to be problems with the mile markers and overall the amount of clear signage was problematic. Generally though, there was a distinct lack of marshals which meant crossing roads unprotected and having to rely on watching the people in front as to where to go. That being said, the brave marshals who were there did extremely well and deserve our thanks. For next year I would like to see improved organisation on the field to start (signs on the seafront pointed to 'race start' away from the field), more marshals throughout the course and more accurate signage. Nice medal and standard goodie bag received on completion. Would do this again, but let's learn from this first one. Date of review: August 11, 2014
In short: First year and a lovely course. In full: It truly was horrendous weather and thanks to the organisers. Nice course and I will look forward to doing it next year without the wind, rain and waves coming over me! Date of review: August 11, 2014
In short: Great value 50k but quite a bit of tarmac for a trail event In full: Easy parking and registration close to start. Plenty of portaloos. Missed the route card somehow but this wasn't needed. The old fort chalk is very slippery when wet! Route a little trafficky in places. A couple of sections of path were very rutted and tricky underfoot. Some stiles very rickety and some gates locked. The stiles had no dog gaps so they added to bunching when dogs were being lifted over. Attracts what looked like a lot of club road runners some of whom behaved very badly when overtaking on narrow trails. Food is very limited but this is as advertised (only water is promised). However the bread pudding at the yew forest is amazing. Penultimate? control point on 50km ran out of water. Signage was great and included marshalls at key points. Atmosphere at the finish great (clock, samba band, medal, quite a crowd). Need to have a real race emergency number that isn't an answerphone at a fire station that has gone on strike (particularly when extreme weather is expected!)
In short: Well... In full: Oh my! I have been to a quite a number of organised runs. This was one of the most amazing ones I have ever been to. A Masterclass in how to organise an event.
Heading out in the morning, I was concerned about my shoes being featherlight which might give an unfair advantage against other athletes. Thankfully, the guys at 'Nice Work' were on hand to help with that. Following their detailed instructions to go to "Regents Park, London NW1 4NR (nearest entrance Chester Road)" I, along with 20 other lightfooted enthusiasts, embraced the torrential rain for 15 minutes before stumbling on the start point. With our shoes, clothes and bags now waterlogged, unfair advantage problem solved. (Pistorious take note).
Mind you we didn't need any signs from Chester Road telling us where to go because I personally think they are a blot on the landscape. Good thing there wern't any then.
After making it to the start point, we were off to the bag drop off point. The quality of the room was amazing, I got to test out the much hyped waterproof features of my back pack on the flooded floors (didn't work; dont buy a Storm tech backpack). This is the first race I have been to that had such a sophisticated security system. A trust based one; place your bag inthe room with no lock and trust that nothing happens to it. Modern. Foreard thinking.
The medal at the end of the race was the best bit. I like that they were locally sourced and the engraving was done by the local ZSL craftsmen. That engraving really is special.
Time? What time? Thos timing strips we recieved at the start were not for timing but actually a token to get a free snack and a cup of water at the end of the race. I really enjoyed that cup of water.
In conclusion, if you're looking for a well organised race worth the money, you know where to go and where not to go. 'Nice Work' guys!! Date of review: August 11, 2014
In short: Bad Organisation, Incorrect Mileage, Poor Marshalling In full: Such a shame that this race wasn't full distance, lots of comments from runners going around that mileage markers were a good 3/4 mile out on peoples GPS watches, so coming under 13.1 miles for me at the end and having to run past the start/finish to get this in, even tho they changed the course during the race to accommodate the incorrect mileage. Marshaling was OK in places, hardly any out on the barren parts of the course, and people were taking liberties with cutting corners. Not going to return as first impressions mean a lot to me and there needs to be a massive re-think of how its run (if its run) next year. Date of review: August 11, 2014
In short: bread pudding and yew trees In full: Fourth running of this race. Easy access parking, always well organised and excellent signage. But the 2 reasons I do this race: 1 Slabs of Bread Pudding (you can keep you sickly gels) 2 Running through the Yew tree forest
In short: Great race for a (fairly) beginner at 10ks. Fairly flat and all on good surfaces/roads/pavements In full: This was so well organised. It was really nice to have so many and such friendly marshalls, at every junction and street corner. Couple of tips to the organisers - cos it was raining and so many people were sheltering inside the building, it would help to have had big signs (hanging from the ceiling perhaps) directing you to the chip pick up point, and the bag drop point, I had to battle through crowds looking for the desks as they were hidden in the huge amount of people gathering. Also, couldn't hear the person with the megaphone (seriiously!) at the start, so not sure if I missed any important announcements. Having said that, it was all really well organised, this was only my 2nd organised 10k (1st was Prestwood), and it really is a model to be followed. Thanks to everyone involved in making it happen. Date of review: August 11, 2014
In short: As always, well worth the trip into town. In full: Another great friendly run around the lovely flatness of Victoria Park. Slightly sad to note the demise of the infamous towel from the post run goody bag. Though the new 'man-bag' will undoubtedly find use :-) As always a fab atmosphere and fab post run bagels. I brought 4 newbies with me this year and with a batch of pbs in the group and several beers at the after party pub it proved a good day out for all. Looking forward to doing it all again next year :-) Date of review: August 11, 2014
In short: A really enjoyable race on a great course. In full: I really enjoyed this race. It's the first time I've done it, but I know the area well so it was nice to run on familiar territory. I thought the organisation was really great including a brilliant website and loads of excellent marshals. Also great to have so many drink and sponge stations for a summer race and I loved the WWI themed volunteers. The course is slightly undulating and after mile 5 there is a very gradual incline - it took me a while to work this out! I treated this years race as a training run, but I'll be back to race it next year and well prepared for the hills at the end! Thanks to all involved - good work! Date of review: August 11, 2014