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
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