In short: Low key and enjoyable In full: Fast flat course if the wind stays off. 3 water stations (one of which you pass twice) so no big gaps between water. Also water available at the finish. The pedestrians/cars/mountain bikes mix at the end was a bit of a pain, but if you have enough left to sprint the home straight you haven't raced hard enough, right?
Marshalling was friendly, and occasionally very encouraging. With a rural route such as this I don't expect a lot of support from spectators.
Low key rather than cheap would be my description. Many thanks to Martin and his team. I'll be back next year. Date of review: March 14, 2011
In short: Ban cars from the road, fill in the pot holes, but apart from that In full: Forget the start and the finish and I really enjoyed this event. Flat course, great scenery and set a PB. Support is sporadic so it can a bit lonely out there and if windy it could be very tough. But it was quiet, idyllic and fast - until you reach the end.
The organisation was hit and miss. There should be no parking on the road at all (proved a nightmare) and no cars should be allowed to leave the HQ for at least two hours after the start. Trying to sprint finish is very difficult when you have to avoid cars maneuvering as well as the ankle-breaking pot holes.
Not a fan of the sharp turn at the end and running through the car park with people milling around and almost crossing your path as they go to the toilets.
Start and end - could do better. Middle - perfect.
In short: Flat, monotonous scenery rather than inspiring. Functional race rather than enjoyable. In full: As said by others, the end of the race is an anticlimax. You have to dodge through moving & parked cars & other runners who have finished. Its a shame that nothing in the town of Lydd is open as spectators have little to do during the bulk of the race. This race does the job for a pre marathon race & unfortunately I don't think it does much more. Date of review: March 14, 2011
In short: Nice race, flat as a pancake and good for a Personal Best In full: This is the second time I have ran this race and understand there was much criticism last year - though was fine for me. Loved it again this year, most of the route traffic free which is good. Loved being able to see the inflatable finish at mile 12, marshalling was fine again this year and it was lovely to see so many young children helping with the water stations and the medals. Water stations didnt run out this year and I thought there were enough of them and water at the finish as well. I love this race as it is flat and a good PB for me at 1:50. Glad Martin had decided to continue with this race again this year - well done!! Date of review: March 14, 2011
In short: Fast & Flat In full: Overall a good race, nice course, very flat, 3 water stations, most marshals were friendly & supportive.
If you want to find out how fast you can do a half marathon then this is a great race, very flat course and wide enough for the smallish field of runners that you can overtake other easily if you wanted to. The only slow part is doing a u-turn and about 5 and a half miles.
My only two complaints would be no course map on the website, but there was a link to 'fletch' to get one, and the road to the cricket club (start) was a nightmare, either need to ban parking in make one way. Date of review: March 14, 2011
In short: Nice flat course to get miles in the legs In full: Typical countryside half, small, quaint, friendly, scenery was as expected. My only grip would be a lack of water stations, i think from mile 4 to 11 was a bit too far strung out but easily resolvable for next year, only another 1 or two required...oh and mile 5/6 or 6/7 was off but no real drama's. Nice medal, great feeling seeing the finish line with a mile to go and a left feeling very satisified for my first half in over a year with a 1.44. Glad organisers are trying to solve the minor issues as it has potential and from the sounds of it much improved form previous years -well done. see you next year Date of review: March 14, 2011
In short: Around the cone and run for home In full: Having arrived early I parked in town for a quick getaway, I enjoyed a hot sweet tea in the clubhouse and observed Martin Burke of nice work doing what an organiser often needs to do... the work of 4 people before and after the race! I enjoyed a nice fast course beating my PB by 12 minutes (only my second half!), But I disliked having to play dodge the wing mirror at my sprint for home. Having declined water around the course I was a bit disappointed at no water at the end. My experience of lord mayors funds is that they often supply families who have fallen on hard times hampers at Christmas etc so a very good cause. So well done the “Nice Work” team I have enjoy the half a dozen races I have attend so far. Date of review: March 14, 2011
In short: Much better organisation this year In full: The organisation seems to have been sorted out in this race. The route is very flat and inviting through nice quiet lanes. Date of review: March 14, 2011