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: 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
In short: Lovely run, good views, shame about the poor organisation. In full: Poor organisation of event, but with experience of Nice Works other runs, it is very clear that it was not their fault. It is a shame that the locals are not prepared to help out with an event that will benefit Lydd, as it is a lovely town in a delightful area. It was my first 1/2 marathon and I found it a good run with good scenery and the atmosphere between runners was extremely friendly, even the lambs welcomed the runners back into the village! I hope Nice Work do not lose faith with this event and make it very successful next year. Date of review: March 15, 2010
In full: quite windy on the way out. Big water issues there was only one lady handing out drinks at 3 miles and at 6 miles there weren't any drinks left. A distinct lack of marshalls on the course which was not the organisers fault after all the is only so much one person can do! If the water station problems were resolved it would be a decent race to do. Date of review: March 15, 2010
In short: PB potential without the wind In full: After reading other posts :
1. If you want water then take your own run bottle. How much can you drink from a plastic cup anyway ? 2. Toilets. Get there earlier. 3. Lack of sign posts to the HQ/start ? Buy a satnav then follow the runners walking to the village hall (it WAS blindingly obvious !!)
Unfortunately the race director was let down by people at the last minute,hence the lack of marshalls at water stations. Lets just hope that they have a wind free day next year !!! Date of review: March 15, 2010