In short: Quick with great scenary In full: Well organised race on very quiet country lanes, staffed with plenty of marshals. It was an open road race, but was so well marshaled it could have been closed road.
Course was mostly through countryside and was on the whole flat. Only word of warning is not to park in the car park if you expect to be finished near the front as there is only one way out and that is reserved for the runners coming in. Date of review: June 17, 2013
In short: Relaxed family atmosphere In full: I did this race 4 or 5 years ago (before Nice Work had the management of it) and I think it has improved a lot.
No probs with registration, parking, race instructions etc. The start and finish is in a field where everyone is parked. This makes watching the race and getting away afterwards very straightforward.
Fast course through some very pleasant country lanes. Marshalling was good (thank you to the volunteers!) and there was a nice mix of abilities. Very welcoming to the slower / newer runners out there.
Chip timing might be an improvement and also maybe a clock with the gun time at the finish line. Although I'm quite happy with the gun time. It's a fairly low key, scenic, friendly run rather than one where time is too important (to most people anyway).
Refreshments at the end. Thanks to the organisers Date of review: June 16, 2013
In full: everything was well run & hassle free. the marshall's were great ,a lot of good runners but all standards are made feel welcome. this is a good race for first timers Date of review: June 16, 2013
In short: Another Fine Race and Jaffa Cakes are Back! In full: Yay, the Jaffa cakes make a welcome return!
Well done again to Nice Work as this race is getting better year on year. Yet again a warm day but not nearly as warm as previous years. An extra lap of the playing field to add the missing 200m and make it to 10k plus running the rest of the course in reverse of previous years. Not sure which route I preferred and which route potentially gives a quicker time. This years route meant the only two up hills (very slight) were in the last 3km. If you've gone off too fast then that can hurt.
I was slightly surprised by the fact that cars were allowed to leave before the end of the race but as it is the only entrance to the field there wasn't much choice. Previous years have also seen cars driving down the finish which was on the housing estate road.
I was pleased to see a bigger field despite it meaning I dropped outside the top 50.
The Good - Flat course, bags of PB potential, very well organised, scenic, jaffa cakes and cereal bars at the finish.
The Not so Good - Only 1 water station (every other year there has been 1 which you pass twice), the cars having to go through the finish straight gate.
In short: Very fast race along quiet country roads In full: A great way to spend Sunday morning. Fast and flat in darling buds of may country. Only gripe, as mentioned in previous posts, cars were leaving through same gate that people were finishing which was a bit rude. Date of review: June 17, 2012
In short: Well done to Nice Work & everyone who helped to make the race go smoothly, it was friendly, easy to find, flat route so PB opportunity too. Liked medal & energy bars at the finish, plus Jaffa cakes! Date of review: June 17, 2012
In short: Excellent race well done to Staplehurst Carnival/ Nice Work In full: Thanks to Staplehurst Carnival Committee and Nice Work for organising this excellent race. Thanks to the marshals for giving up their time so that we could all run the race.
I thought this was an excellent race, the countryside was good. Most of it was along roads which were shared with traffic, but most of the roads were not very busy and the cars seemed to cope well with the runners.
This is definitely a race for improving one's 10K personal best.
We missed the signs for the car parking in the field in which the start and finish took place. However we parked easily enough anyway. The race was well-marshalled, but there was little local support. Perhaps this will grow as the race grows.
This year 243 finished the race compared to 118 last year, which I guess speaks for the success of the race.
As to details of the distance and gross climb, according to my Garmin, these were 9.93km and 25m respectively. Thus the race is much flatter than the Larkfield 10K, which itself is very flat. Date of review: June 17, 2012