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
In short: Poor organisation In full: Yet another Nice work run which is virtually an out and back, surely they can come up with a unique route? They ran out of water at 6 miles so many had to go without water from 3 to 10 miles. Only 2 toilets in the HQ which left a shocking smell in the foyer and a que about half hour long. Date of review: March 15, 2010
In short: A scenic race, but where was the organisation? In full: This has to be one of the most shambolic races, i've ever been to. No signs to the race HQ, long queues for very overworked toilets, no clear markings/signs for the start line. Not to mention a lack of marshals on course & a complete lack of water (one very overworked marshal manning a water station at 3mile, 6mile was non existent, the race was just about reprieved by the 10 mile station - but this was to little to late).
I will not be running this race again. Its only redeeming feature was the scenic countryside. Date of review: March 15, 2010