In short: Scenic, a good challenge In full: It's taking part in events like these that makes running such a joy. A wonderful course, not flat but enough of a challenge to justify a few extra jaffa cakes at the finish. Parking was a pain but it's a small village. Will do this again next year, as will my wife who came to watch. Thank you to the organisers. Date of review: February 18, 2013
In short: EXcellent well run low key event In full: Another good event by Nice Work - always get the basics right, reasonable entry fees, well marshalled (thsnk you all)and prompt results. Well done. Date of review: February 17, 2013
In short: A fine 5 miler In full: Parking was along the narrow village street, and there was no car park that I was aware of, but it was a village so not surprising. A short walk from where we parked up to the village hall to register which was quick and painless. The race started right on time and the atmosphere seemed friendly and not too serious, so a good race for first timers. The course was along country roads and lanes, some of which were open to traffic but cars were few and far between so not really a problem. There were marshalls at all important junctions to direct us so no chance of getting lost. There were one or two dogs running, althought I don't think they had paid as they were not wearing running numbers. It was slightly unusual as dogs are normally not allowed on these type of runs but it wasn't a problem for me as even a 15 year old 3 legged bassett hound could over take me. A lively crowd at the end cheered the runners over the line and pickd up my medal which was nothing special but ok. Water, home made hot soup and snacks were available at the finish. All in all, an enjoyable race and the best weather we could expect this time of year. Just one muppet in a little blue Toyota who almost blocked my car in as they clearly couldn't see my big black car. Next time just park a little further down the road. Rant over! Date of review: February 17, 2013
In short: Great first race for me In full: Parking was simple and the village hall was very easy to find. Ample seating inside for family to sit down whilst you get sorted out then a short walk to the start line. The course was nice showing off the great Kent countryside and luckily we had very nice weather. There was a fast drink pick up point around 3 miles which was quite refreshing. Overall a very enjoyable race with a nice atmosphere. Date of review: February 17, 2013
In short: A really soup-er race In full: The parking was a bit tricky - thanks to the people of Wittersham for putting up with the badly-parked cars all through the village (and no thanks to the plonker with the blue car who almost blocked us in at the church) - but apart from that, signposting to the village hall and the start was perfect.
The usual excellent on-the-day organisation meant that we had signed up and were jogging through the village to the start in a few minutes. The weather was glorious, which helped; definitely no need for the base layer I'd agonised over.
A short hill at the start, then 5 miles of mild ups and great downhills along some muddy but scenic roads, made for a fast race. The marshalls as ever were fantastic with their encouragement and holding the traffic, and thanks to the water stop crew for letting me dump my gloves with them! One big loop, then a smaller loop later I was hi-fiving kids standing by the village pub and finishing with a PB. There were medals and delicious home made soup (I had the curried parsnip, it was fantastic, and helped soothe the remnants of a horrible cold I'd been struggling against all week)
Definitely one to do again; thanks Nice Work and thanks Wittersham! Date of review: February 17, 2013
In short: Not impressed In full: 1)Arrived at the venue just before ten am. Was told there was no parking left. Had to drive a mile up the road and park in a narrow and busy country lane, where my car could have easily been damaged. The parking was not thought through properly.
2)On starting the race there where runners with there dogs running the race. Not only is this normally against the rules at ALL or most events but it's very dangerous, nearly tripping on the over excitable dog! The runners that did this where not being fair to others, this is a race for people NOT dogs, if it was a race for dogs, then it would have been advertised as such. Not to mention the dogs messing on the course someone could have slipped in the mess!
3) There was a serious lack of marshals on the course, which was dangerous becaus this was a mostly traffic live run. Also as a lone femal runner, I was left running down secluded lanes on my own, which was extremely dangerous. The marshals that where there where paying no attention to the runners and standing there chatting to there mates, with no regard for the runner. I even had to call out to them for direction as no hand or verbal direction was given unless asked.
4) Got to the finish only to be told there where no medals left! Finally insisted on one and got the last one, for what it was worth, cheap plastic! Was given half a cup of home made soup? And that was it.
Totally upset by the lack of pride and organisation of this race today. Date of review: February 17, 2013