In short: Flat as they come............ In full: A very local race for me so I knew it was going to be a very flat course. Out on the country lanes, very little traffic to bother the runners. Previous reviewers comments about the wind being an issue must be from people who don't live on Romney Marsh. It was quite a gentle breeze for this area (try running along the sea wall at Dymchurch, now thats windy!) Temperature was quite low but if wearing the correct amount of clothing no problems. Race started on time, not too keen on the lap of the field at the start to make up the distance would be good to extend it out on the road somewhere. Timing chip collection and bag drop off were both very quick and efficient. Overall a good friendly atmosphere and a good crowd at the end despite the chilly weather. Not too many spectators out on the course but this is expected as its down little lanes without many houses. Great to see Jaffa cakes and snack bars aplenty at the finish and also the t-shirt was much improved on last years dull grey thing. Medal is quite a nice design aswell. Overall a good friendly race, ideal for first timers and those searching for pb's. Thanks to all the brownies handing out the water and various parts of the course and the marshalls for their good work as usual. Will definitely be back next year. Date of review: March 10, 2013
In short: Good course for a PB, but not in today's weather In full: The course was flat as advertised, but the downside of this was that it was exposed to the wind, which was quite strong (and cold!) this year. Virtually traffic free - I only saw a couple of cars the whole way round. Not a lot of support except from the marshals, but this was hardly a surprise, given how cold it was. Particularly appreciated the Jaffa Cakes etc at the finish - a nice touch. Date of review: March 10, 2013
In short: Nice run - Very flat In full: 1st time at Lydd, was as advertised, very flat, great for running but a bit dull scenery. Wind somewhat of a problem, but didn't expect anything else.
Only niggle was venue, bit cramped but hey - is a small town, But....... Changing rooms, some of us like a shower afterwards, especially if we're cold and wet, and at Lydd, in mens changing room anyway, there were 2 showers, neither of which worked - no water at all. I presume the organisers pay hire charge for use of the facilities - so clean, clutter-free changing rooms, with showers that work, please. Date of review: March 10, 2013
In short: Very good race In full: I ran the lydd half marathon today, this was the first time I had ran this particular race. I am training hard for the London marathon which is in a few weeks, and it was an excellent training race.
It was nice to see Raynet there, it always makes you feel safe a secure to know they can radio for help should any one need it.
The course was flat, so it was good for PB and speed, and I would also recomend this race to someone that would like to try a half marathon for the first time.
Towards the end of the race, at about 3 miles to go, a man in a white van drove along checking that runners where ok, which was a nice touch.
It was nice to see ST.Johns lending a hand today as well. And I noticed them go and help someone out towards the end.
I was glad that there was chip trimming, it's always nice to have it. Especially when you are training for a big event.
It was great to be able to help yourself to Jaffa cakes at the end.... There is always something nice about having them at the end of a big race!
We where lucky with the rain, it held off till I was on the motor way, in my nice warm car!
I would say that this is one of the best events I have run via nice work so far.
I hope this event is on again next year.
Thank you nice work for a brill event! Date of review: March 10, 2013
In short: The best race in the calendar In full: Congratulations to the organisers, all the helpers and the good people of Lydd for hosting a fantastic event. Everything was well organised, people were really friendly, both at the start and around the course. The goodies after the event surpass those offered by other pricier events; and I've never been so pleased to see a jaffa cake. An outstanding event Date of review: March 10, 2013
In short: Flat, flat and flat! Great PB potential In full: A great race, big loop of the country side, passing farms got a bit smelly but it's the countryside - what else do you expect!? 99% flat and definitely a PB course - results available within a few minutes of finishing - well put together... 2 small things I never liked - running round a small enclosed area at the start just to make up the full 13.1 mile distance, and the t-shirt at the end was grey - looks more like a brickies top rather than a running techy t-shirt! Date of review: May 15, 2012
In short: As a local runner it was nice to have a lay in and walk to the race. In full: I ran some of the route the weekend before in the rain....so what an improvement in the weather...well done Martin well organised.....I saw lots of locals at the start encouraging the runners ......this race has improved over the last few year :) Date of review: March 17, 2012