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
In short: Shocking organisation on day & parking was really bad, but a flat run ...very dull to run but good for training for a marathon that is about it In full: Couple of comments for organisers: * the parking was really bad the road up to club house, surprise not more accidents should have been blocked off * people should have not been able to leave club when runners coming in, very dangerous and really hard when running over pot holes * thanks for the rubbish chip on ankle me & husband had bleeding ankles from the strap really bad idea * Marshalls ...what marshalls * if going to charge that much to run please organise better and start on time ... no excuse for that *use a speaker system for start of race was really adhoc and unorganised
Have done a number of 1/2 marathons in run up to london marathon and this one was really badly organised, no map either of run so no supports could stand on route, toilets and facilities were not good either.
In short: Good race but with a few tweaks could be great In full: This was my time that I had done this race and my first half marathon. I used the race as training race to see how my training was progressing for the Brighton Marathon. On the whole I found the race very good and have no complaints about the course or drink stations. Althrough I think it was rather cruel to have us run towards a pub only to have us go round a cone and go back the way we have came before we got to the pubs front door!!!! I do however agree with most of the comments about the begining and end of the race. We got to the race HQ early but still ended up park in the town centre and walking because road was grid locked and people were parking anywhere. Once on the field there were no time pens,PA or any real idea where the course around the field was. The 15 mins delay was to be expected but I would of thought that the "fun run" could of been started after the main race had left the field. On returning to the HQ, while the marshalls were helpful, people who had finished were leaving the car park with little regard to the slower runners coming in. There were a few people around the course cheering the runners on which was nice but I feel that to town of Lydd could of done more. I know its not an organisers problem but if a few shops and the pub had been bothered they could of made a killing with doing teas and breakfast for the people start waiting for their friends, husband or wife to come back. Moan over.. I did however manage to beat my expected time and my hoped time, so i was very happy. Date of review: March 14, 2011
In short: A great flat, fast course. No major problems on the day In full: As my first ever event I found the course flat and fast and was really pleased with my time. This is an ideal event for beginners and will spur me on to tackle tougher courses during 2011 and beyond. I finished in 1hr 47 mins and didnt find traffic situation too bad, although it could be improved. Date of review: March 14, 2011
In short: I'll do it again In full: The only real issue for me was the cars/parking situation, especially coming towards the finish, but I'm not sure what could be done about that apart from moving to a completely different location that has better access/more space. Although it would indeed help if cars could be prevented from exiting til at least 2 hours after the start. Otherwise this was a fantastic race in terms of PB potential - I beat mine by 6 minutes - and the spits-and-spots of local support were really nice, probably even more than I'd expect given the temperature, the remoteness of the location and that this isn't a high-profile event. Date of review: March 14, 2011
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