In short: My second year, PB again, so flat and fast! In full: This was my second year running Lydd. It is as a flat a course as you are likely to find which makes for it to be a great place to go for that PB and a good time in your marathon training. Roads are very quiet with very friendly stewards directing and cheering you on. As it is flat and close to the coast it can get a bit windy and it did get a bit stiff at times. Goodie bag great at the end:medal, t-shirt and food. Thoughly enjoyed it again and will be back next year. Date of review: March 11, 2013
In short: Great almost traffic-free PB run. Friendly organisers and great effort from the Guides and scouts In full: Much to my utter shame and embarrassment, I turned up 10 minutes late to this event (Don't rely on Google Maps!) I couldn't fault the organisers in how they dealt with getting me to on my way. On the plus side, I spent the entire run overtaking other runners which was a great confidence boost. Agree that there was little in the way of local support, but at -4 with wind chill that's not too surprising. I would definitely do this event again and thoroughly recommend it as a training run for Spring marathon runners. It's superb value and so quiet and relaxing on the way round. I shaved over 19 minutes off my PB and got in under two hours. Thank you to the marshals, stewards and lovely guides, brownies and scouts who cheered us so magnificently. Date of review: March 11, 2013
In short: Flat and quick but open to the elements! In full: Not a fan of a lap round the playing field on grass before venturing out onto the country lanes around Lydd. The flattest race I've done and would have been an even bigger PB had it not been for the relentless wind which seemed to be in your face for the whole race! Very quiet country lanes with a few dodgy patches of muddy track, not much to look at across the marshes. 2013 looked particularly bleak! will pay on the day next year if the weather is better, although that may require a remortgage as its a Nice Work event! Date of review: March 11, 2013
In short: Definitely coming back In full: Very well organised race, and absolutely brilliant for those new to half marathons. Although lacking in supporters, the marshalls and volunteers were very positive and encouraging, especially the little ones who seemed to thrive in it all, as was the cute little girl with her saucepan and wooden spoon somewhere around 8 miles! The medal, t-shirt and penguin were well received at the end! Date of review: March 11, 2013
In short: Great pre marathon run In full: As I'm doing Brighton marathon in 4 weeks thought I'd better do my 1st half marathon 1st and I totally enjoyed it ran the whole route without stopping nice flat route. Ppl seemed great some great runners was a bit pushy at the start but once everyone set off to there speeds it was perfect then defintly reccomend this I'm coming back next year. And plus also you can enter on the day as I did because I only found out about few days before it Date of review: March 11, 2013
In short: Fast and flat, well worth a visit In full: Apart from icy winds especially at miles 9 to 13 I enjoyed this race and would definitely return. No problems with parking at The Rype and managed to keep warm at the start in the hut. My only gripe and it is a small one is the finish, i've never run this before so wasn't 100% sure on where I was going due to the amount of spectators walking towards me, not sure how this can be managed maybe more coning off required? All in all very good race and the Jaffa cakes at the end were very welcome!! Must also mention all the little ones and helpers who were out in the freezing cold giving out drinks and support they all deserve a medal!! Date of review: March 11, 2013
In short: Fast and Flat In full: I entered this for a PB, which I managed by over 5 mins (granted I am fitter now). Flat course on road. Enough water station, there were enough marshalls. Good T-shirt, medal and food at the end. BBQ food also available. Plenty of parking a short walk away from start/finish. Great race all round, will do it again!!.... Date of review: March 11, 2013
In short: Do you remember your first time? In full: My second time at the Lydd half, definitely much easier than last time, and managed to run it almost 11 mins quicker than 2012 - so a very special race for me.
Organisation was excellent, chip collection and bag drop was quick and efficient. The race started pretty much on time and, despite the rather congested lap of the field avoiding rabbit warrens, the field spread out pretty quickly.
Great marshalling and markers (apart from the missing 1 mile sign). Road is part bumpy lane, bit of track and starts and finishes on a reasonable road so you need to watch where you're going - difficult when you're enjoying the scenery. It wasn't really that windy - try running along the sea wall to Dymchurch - but still glad I had long sleeves on.
Still a bit of a pain trying to negotiate cars leaving the race when you're still running - I nearly went over the bonnet of a Peugeot which pulled out right in front of me near the finish; it would be better to ask people to park in the town - it's only a short walk to the race.
Medal and t-shirt (which I missed) and some very welcome Jaffa Cakes - and hot drinks - at the end.
Thanks again to Nice Work, the brownies at the water stops and the marshalls who must have been absolutely freezing. Date of review: March 10, 2013