In short: Fairly flat, a good first half-marathon course. In full: This was my first soiree into half-marathon running, and I must say on the whole I enjoyed it. There was not too much banter, people seemed friendly, but most were serious runners getting ready for marathons. On the whole, it was well marshalled and well organised, there were problems with the approach road being full of cars, but this wasn't the race organisers fault.. Martin did put in the welcome notes about avoiding filling up the road. It started about ten minutes late which was fine, chip timing was a bonus, but presumably this is increasingly becoming the norm? Was good and flat, and a great introduction to half-marathons. Its' open nature meant that for the last three or four miles, there appeared to be a head-wind! probably psychological! This location was convenient for me, so I would definately do this one again. Not the most exciting route, flat and only a view of sheep and marsh, there were some pot-holes along the route to watch out for. Thanks to the organisers. Date of review: March 17, 2011
In full: Lydd 2011 was a great success. Well done to the organisers big time. The 4 water stations were well positioned, set up and hosted by a committed bunch. The timing worked well on all accounts, a token goody bag was a bonus after receiving a medal and even a hot drink and sit down in doors afterwards! Thanks very much Team Lydd for the race and my new half marathon pb. Don't put a Lydd on it, spread the word! :) Date of review: March 15, 2011
In short: Great. Will be back. In full: First Lydd after moving to New Romney last year. Very impressed with course, water points and marshaling. Everything seemed to run well apart from the delayed start (ps. can we get a horn or gun for next year? 3-2-1-go is just not dramatic enough!). Think cricket club missed out on a excellent fund raising opportunity by not providing food and beverages for sale!
Congrats. Very enjoyable run and will be back next year.
In short: Great PB potential, better organised this year. In full: After reading previous years rating, I was fairly nervous about the organisation here, but despite a few negative reviews here, I think the organisation was on a par with most running club races - a few niggles but nothing serious.
The course is fabulously flat - real PB potential, and a good crowd of club runners to pull you along.
Good scenery, cheery marshalls, and pleasant weather. Well worth travelling for! Date of review: March 15, 2011
In short: Event improving with every year! In full: Well organized race with lots of improvements from past years. Looking forward to returning next year. Thank you St John Ambulance guys for patching me up after my fall coming into the car park. Managed a PB, with a dented pride!
Plus Points Plenty of water stations, not sure how one runner could have missed the middle one just before the 6th mile. Extra toilet facilities Timing chips More support and marshalls
Minus Points Mile markets 6 and 7 seemed out of place. Felt sorry for the later runners having to avoid the car leaving the car park. (would have hoped for better from the front runners and had respect for those at the back). Two sharp turns before the finishing line, very dangerous, should be a straight clear finish.
Keep up the good work, looking forward to more nice work racing in the summer. Date of review: March 14, 2011
In full: The start was a bit disorganised. Waiting around while the kids fun run started and finished making the start of the race late. I think the person that praised the goodie bag must have had a different one from me! I think £16 is a bit pricey. Date of review: March 14, 2011
In short: Not bad, but could be better. In full: To add charm to this race, it needs a few tweaks and little touches that make it feel special and local. For instance, a cold drink in the 'goodies' bag, perhaps a free cup of tea at the finish for runners, the team collecting chip timers at the finish to allow the runners more than three paces before saying, "Can I have your chip?", the children's race to either start earlier or after the main race.....best of luck with the future....some kind and encouraging marshalls along the way.... Date of review: March 14, 2011