In short: Cheerful marshals, Jaffa cakes and a pb; what's not to like? In full: Yes there was a walk from the car park to the HQ, but we were warned in advance, it was well signed and had to be better than getting stuck in a muddy field. It's a great course outside Ashford and always has a good atmosphere. Plus there was a bar, hot food and cake on sale at the finish. Date of review: February 4, 2013
In short: Enjoyable race - couple of things for improvement In full: I enjoyed the race for a second time - and would do the 100 mile round trip again. I found the race instructions clear and revised parking no problem but it did mean a lot more people at the clubhouse (not in their cars) before the start. If the revised parking happens again, I would like to see more covered space at the start and/or the baggage area in a separate tent leaving more space in the clubhouse. In the clubhouse, I did not hear any announcement of the start so simply followed others. There was congestion after the start with faster runners passing those of us in the 'over 60 minutes area'. Whatever the cause, this should be avoidable next time. Maybe, the faster pens should lengthened as the race numbers increase. Finally, the preliminary race results should be marked 'gun times' to avoid confusion. Old charity runners like me get confused quite easily. Date of review: February 4, 2013
In short: Can't understand why people have complained In full: As always, Nice Work put in huge efforts to ensure a successful race. Still some people moan about the most ridiculous things. All we needed to do was follow the instructions, arrive in plenty of time, and have a good run like most of us did. Thanks Martin and Cathy for a great day, I'll be back next year and will continue to support your events. Date of review: February 4, 2013
In short: A great race, lovely route and friendly In full: This was a great race, fantastic friendly marshals who must have been freezing but were still happy. Plenty of information was given out in advance about the car parking, some people just need to read it!! Well done I will be back again next year. Date of review: February 4, 2013
In short: A great 10k that mixes some lovely scenery with a few hills and a fast finish! In full: First time running this 10k and loved it. I can see why it regularly gets voted highly in the Runners World magazine. I'll be back next year looking to beat my time. Date of review: February 4, 2013
In full: My favourite local race - extremely fast course with a slight hill at 7k to keep things interesting; fantastic organisation (we were warned in plenty of time of the change to the parking arrangements due to bad weather - parking was clearly signposted); lovely 1k warm up jog to the start; a wonderful selection of biscuits etc at the end. Can't fault it. Date of review: February 4, 2013
In short: Fast course around beautiful lanes, good access to motorway. In full: Another fantastically organised A&D / Nicework event. Great marshals, nice medals, plenty of snacks post race and even hot showers at the finish. So good I had to run another lap! Thanks guys for another top notch event. Date of review: February 4, 2013
In short: Excellent course and well organised In full: We all received an email a few days before the race to inform us of the alternative parking arrangements. This is the first time I have done this race and I actually think the parking should stay like this every year as it was only a 10 minute walk to race HQ. Given the comments about people driving off the field before the last competitor had finished in previous years I think it would be safer too.
The race was well organised and although there were long queues to collect timing chips it was moving well. The race director did inform us the start would be delayed by a few minutes and politely asked runners to make their way to the start but many were just standing around chatting so the organisers can't be held responsible for that!
The hill to the start is worth a slow jog up to get warmed up. The first 2k was slow but I'll know for next time to start nearer the front! The course is fast and the hill @ 7k is fine, just do lots of hill sessions and you'll fly up it! It's then all downhill.
The medal was nice and the jaffa cakes were welcome at the end. The only negative comment I can give is directed at the mature female runner at just past the 4k mark who thought it was acceptable to throw her used juice bottle in someone's beautiful garden.
Great race and well done! Date of review: February 4, 2013