In short: Worms on the road... In full: There is a miserable cheap feel about the event. Poor consideration given to how people are to park, and where to route the runners, so at the end of the race there was a dangerous mix of tired runners attempting to use the same pot-holed track as impatient drivers trying to get out and go home.
The marshals were largely indifferent, some were grumpy, and a blessed handful were supportive.
The start was delayed. There wasn't any tannoy system that I could hear. There were few facilities. It was people standing in a damp field unsure what was happening.
If the money was going to a charity I wouldn't mind, but privately organised events such as these need to be better. People have paid for a decently organised event. It's not the same as a local club putting on an event, or a charity putting on an event. There are different attitudes toward a purely commercial operation.
Negatives aside, I enjoyed the course. Being flat it meant I did a PB of 2.15.10 - my previous fastest half was Henley back in Oct 2006 when I did 2.19.47. The scenery was pleasant - it was all peaceful rural, with lambs and swans and daffodils just emerging. The weather on the day was better than expected. A little chilly to start, then settled down into a steel-grey March morning. The dreaded wind was little more than a breeze - and mostly wasn't noticed; there was a bit late on during the return, but it didn't hamper running and it wasn't cold.
There's a decent pub, The Dolphin, for drinks afterwards, with free nibbles on the bar. A chap gave me a standing ovation as I left because he could see my medal. I was pleased with that. Date of review: March 13, 2011
In short: Had to be done as on our doorstep :) In full: First time that I have taken part. the route was part of our trainng runs....funny seeing so many other runners. enjoyed it and got a PB. Thanks to all the Marshals and the scouts who manned the water stations. Lynn Date of review: March 13, 2011
In short: Water Farce In full: I've supported this race every year since it came back, but as the race has grown in status the organisers have failed to keep pace and this was evident on Sunday.
Toilet facilities in the hall were inadequate with the queue out of the building into the carpark.
1st water station had one girl on it who was still setting up as runners were arriving,she tried her best but simply could not cope and was soon overwhelmed.
2nd station,When I got there we were told there was a limit of one cup only as we were told they were down to their last 5 litres (I got there in sub 1.40 pace so don't know how slower people behind coped) and runners were even asking the St.Johns Ambulance for water ! 3rd station almost 1.5 miles further on from where it should have been.
I (and several other runners)made a point of tracking down the Race Director at the finish and and pointing out these issues. We all know that drinks stations are a basic necessity and that dehydration can have significant effects both mentally and physically and whether they like it or not Race Organisers have a duty of care to look after the health and welfare of runners who participate in their events.
The upshot was the R.D disputed that there were any problems with lack or drinks station staff or water shortages and was totally dismissive of these issues and disinterested in our concerns.(despite the fact that we were are all experienced club runners not novices)
I note that "Nice-work" have other events planned for later in the year including a trip to the Himalayas (which until Sunday I was considering doing) but after this fiasco I would not feel confident about their ability to deliver or to look after the welfare of runners in their care.
I would respectfully suggest that they need to get the basics sorted before trying to be more ambitious.
The reputation of this race and it's organiser)is as far as I am concerned is in tatters and at present I would not recommend this race to anyone. Date of review: March 18, 2010
In short: Fine course, village green feel, good low key time trial, but needs more Marshalls In full: A pity that Lydd could not provide more volunteers to support the guys from Nice Work. The mile markers were accurate and clear, the surface was good (even the farm track section was OK), but the wind turbines give a clue that a headwind at some point is pretty likely! Water was adequate for the faster runners - slower runners should probably carry their own bottles. Providing enough water out on country lanes is quite a logistical challenge for race organisers. To minimise wastage, I suggest advise the drink stations offer the faster guys half a cup or less - they often take 2 sips and throw the rest, then the later runners miss out. I hope Martin Burke perseveres and gets the support this race deserves - and I recommend it to club athletes as a great quiet alternative to Hastings, with plenty of free parking. Date of review: March 17, 2010
In short: Great new route In full: What a lovely new route with lots of PB Potential.
I do agree with the comments about the lack of toliets before the race, but like with every race there will never be enough to please everyone. I dont agree about some of the comments about the new route, its was great and a lot better than last year, when having to run along a long straight road, nothing could be worst then that seeing no end in sight, this years scenic route wineing around the countryside.
Aready looking forward to next years race, fingers crossed it goes ahead. Date of review: March 16, 2010
In short: Lovely run, good views, shame about the poor organisation. In full: Poor organisation of event, but with experience of Nice Works other runs, it is very clear that it was not their fault. It is a shame that the locals are not prepared to help out with an event that will benefit Lydd, as it is a lovely town in a delightful area. It was my first 1/2 marathon and I found it a good run with good scenery and the atmosphere between runners was extremely friendly, even the lambs welcomed the runners back into the village! I hope Nice Work do not lose faith with this event and make it very successful next year. Date of review: March 15, 2010
In full: quite windy on the way out. Big water issues there was only one lady handing out drinks at 3 miles and at 6 miles there weren't any drinks left. A distinct lack of marshalls on the course which was not the organisers fault after all the is only so much one person can do! If the water station problems were resolved it would be a decent race to do. Date of review: March 15, 2010
In short: PB potential without the wind In full: After reading other posts :
1. If you want water then take your own run bottle. How much can you drink from a plastic cup anyway ? 2. Toilets. Get there earlier. 3. Lack of sign posts to the HQ/start ? Buy a satnav then follow the runners walking to the village hall (it WAS blindingly obvious !!)
Unfortunately the race director was let down by people at the last minute,hence the lack of marshalls at water stations. Lets just hope that they have a wind free day next year !!! Date of review: March 15, 2010