In short: Much improved from last two years In full: Do the people of Lydd want this race and do any of them even know it is happening? Organisation, marshals, water stations etc were far better than 2009 and 2010 when I did my last two races here. The downside was that there was virtually no support at all apart from friends and relatives at the start and finish. Out on the course I think I must have counted about a dozen (and I am being generous) spectators including one small boy standing at his front gate cheering everybody on.
As I understand it ftom previous years some of the proceeds of this race go to the local Mayor's charity appeal. Well, to be blunt, the people of Lydd really need to get off their derrieres and give this race more support. This has the potential to be a good race, it is fast, flat and perfect PB material, The organisation is getting there. The car park exit conflicting with runners still finishing was a bit of a pain and could have been reduced by giving a cut-off time and telling folk that they could not get out of the car park until at least two hours after the race started, by that time the spread out runners could have been accommodated alongside cars going out.
All told far better, I got a PB by 5 minutes, so I am happy and will be back. Date of review: March 13, 2011
In short: Fast, flat race In full: Enjoyed this one - nice to have the rural route although the flatness of some parts meant you could see way in to the distance with points that seem ages to reach.
Start had the main facilities needed - could have done with a couple more loos to cut down the time waiting but otherwise all OK. Delayed start for some reason - may be better to start the main race then have the junior race get underway once the start line cleared?
Felt sorry for the worms! What was going on - it was a deathtrap for so many!! Must have been the shock of the vibrations from all of the runners on quiet lanes!
Course marking was accurate (measured against garmin) until mile 6 but then went out a bit - finished in 12.98m. Otherwise a potential PB course although the lap around the field first and the potholes on the track took a bit of navigating.
Drivers should have been more respectful for finishers - some of those who left early didn't seem to care about the fact they were getting in the way of runners.
Thanks for a good race though - will certainly be back for this one again. Date of review: March 13, 2011
In short: Nice flat course In full: ...wait for the moaners but personally I think this race went very well considering the trouble they seem to have with local people not supporting there race. Very flat course and well done to the organisers ( think before you have a whinge about how hard it must be to organise and set up one of these races especially after people let you down at the last minute ). Date of review: March 13, 2011
In short: Worms on the road... In full: There is a miserable cheap feel about the event. Poor consideration given to how people are to park, and where to route the runners, so at the end of the race there was a dangerous mix of tired runners attempting to use the same pot-holed track as impatient drivers trying to get out and go home.
The marshals were largely indifferent, some were grumpy, and a blessed handful were supportive.
The start was delayed. There wasn't any tannoy system that I could hear. There were few facilities. It was people standing in a damp field unsure what was happening.
If the money was going to a charity I wouldn't mind, but privately organised events such as these need to be better. People have paid for a decently organised event. It's not the same as a local club putting on an event, or a charity putting on an event. There are different attitudes toward a purely commercial operation.
Negatives aside, I enjoyed the course. Being flat it meant I did a PB of 2.15.10 - my previous fastest half was Henley back in Oct 2006 when I did 2.19.47. The scenery was pleasant - it was all peaceful rural, with lambs and swans and daffodils just emerging. The weather on the day was better than expected. A little chilly to start, then settled down into a steel-grey March morning. The dreaded wind was little more than a breeze - and mostly wasn't noticed; there was a bit late on during the return, but it didn't hamper running and it wasn't cold.
There's a decent pub, The Dolphin, for drinks afterwards, with free nibbles on the bar. A chap gave me a standing ovation as I left because he could see my medal. I was pleased with that. Date of review: March 13, 2011
In short: Had to be done as on our doorstep :) In full: First time that I have taken part. the route was part of our trainng runs....funny seeing so many other runners. enjoyed it and got a PB. Thanks to all the Marshals and the scouts who manned the water stations. Lynn Date of review: March 13, 2011
In short: Water Farce In full: I've supported this race every year since it came back, but as the race has grown in status the organisers have failed to keep pace and this was evident on Sunday.
Toilet facilities in the hall were inadequate with the queue out of the building into the carpark.
1st water station had one girl on it who was still setting up as runners were arriving,she tried her best but simply could not cope and was soon overwhelmed.
2nd station,When I got there we were told there was a limit of one cup only as we were told they were down to their last 5 litres (I got there in sub 1.40 pace so don't know how slower people behind coped) and runners were even asking the St.Johns Ambulance for water ! 3rd station almost 1.5 miles further on from where it should have been.
I (and several other runners)made a point of tracking down the Race Director at the finish and and pointing out these issues. We all know that drinks stations are a basic necessity and that dehydration can have significant effects both mentally and physically and whether they like it or not Race Organisers have a duty of care to look after the health and welfare of runners who participate in their events.
The upshot was the R.D disputed that there were any problems with lack or drinks station staff or water shortages and was totally dismissive of these issues and disinterested in our concerns.(despite the fact that we were are all experienced club runners not novices)
I note that "Nice-work" have other events planned for later in the year including a trip to the Himalayas (which until Sunday I was considering doing) but after this fiasco I would not feel confident about their ability to deliver or to look after the welfare of runners in their care.
I would respectfully suggest that they need to get the basics sorted before trying to be more ambitious.
The reputation of this race and it's organiser)is as far as I am concerned is in tatters and at present I would not recommend this race to anyone. Date of review: March 18, 2010
In short: Fine course, village green feel, good low key time trial, but needs more Marshalls In full: A pity that Lydd could not provide more volunteers to support the guys from Nice Work. The mile markers were accurate and clear, the surface was good (even the farm track section was OK), but the wind turbines give a clue that a headwind at some point is pretty likely! Water was adequate for the faster runners - slower runners should probably carry their own bottles. Providing enough water out on country lanes is quite a logistical challenge for race organisers. To minimise wastage, I suggest advise the drink stations offer the faster guys half a cup or less - they often take 2 sips and throw the rest, then the later runners miss out. I hope Martin Burke perseveres and gets the support this race deserves - and I recommend it to club athletes as a great quiet alternative to Hastings, with plenty of free parking. Date of review: March 17, 2010
In short: Great new route In full: What a lovely new route with lots of PB Potential.
I do agree with the comments about the lack of toliets before the race, but like with every race there will never be enough to please everyone. I dont agree about some of the comments about the new route, its was great and a lot better than last year, when having to run along a long straight road, nothing could be worst then that seeing no end in sight, this years scenic route wineing around the countryside.
Aready looking forward to next years race, fingers crossed it goes ahead. Date of review: March 16, 2010