In short: Wet In full: Friendly event. Felt coped well with torrential rain, marshals all remained cheerful and upbeat. Nice course around park, could be very pleasant in better weather Date of review: August 24, 2014
In short: A Soggy Success In full: I had to withdraw because of injury last year so pleased to have the chance to run again...til I saw the forecast! First time I've ever run in the rain to be fair, and frankly it was an adventure start to finish - particularly as I couldn't even see through my glasses so ran without them. Interesting to say the least. I thought the organisation was fine and directions were great - not sure how the previous reviewer got directed to Chester Road but my own departure from the tube at Baker Street into Monkey Gate would have been perfect if I hadn't picked the shortcut off the enormous map at the entry and taken a wrong turn. Everyone was soaked, it was a great adventure and that's what made it a memorable event. No one can control the weather. Flooding changing rooms may happen in the remnants of a hurricane and similarly to getting lost en route to a *very* clearly demarcated venue, I wouldn't hold the organisers to fault for it. Meh. Nice run, Nice Work indeed and for a great cause. Date of review: August 11, 2014
In short: Cyclone Bertha...you'll not stop us! In full: Despite the weather the atmosphere was excellent with all organisers, marshals and competitors making the event very different Date of review: August 11, 2014
In short: Well... In full: Oh my! I have been to a quite a number of organised runs. This was one of the most amazing ones I have ever been to. A Masterclass in how to organise an event.
Heading out in the morning, I was concerned about my shoes being featherlight which might give an unfair advantage against other athletes. Thankfully, the guys at 'Nice Work' were on hand to help with that. Following their detailed instructions to go to "Regents Park, London NW1 4NR (nearest entrance Chester Road)" I, along with 20 other lightfooted enthusiasts, embraced the torrential rain for 15 minutes before stumbling on the start point. With our shoes, clothes and bags now waterlogged, unfair advantage problem solved. (Pistorious take note).
Mind you we didn't need any signs from Chester Road telling us where to go because I personally think they are a blot on the landscape. Good thing there wern't any then.
After making it to the start point, we were off to the bag drop off point. The quality of the room was amazing, I got to test out the much hyped waterproof features of my back pack on the flooded floors (didn't work; dont buy a Storm tech backpack). This is the first race I have been to that had such a sophisticated security system. A trust based one; place your bag inthe room with no lock and trust that nothing happens to it. Modern. Foreard thinking.
The medal at the end of the race was the best bit. I like that they were locally sourced and the engraving was done by the local ZSL craftsmen. That engraving really is special.
Time? What time? Thos timing strips we recieved at the start were not for timing but actually a token to get a free snack and a cup of water at the end of the race. I really enjoyed that cup of water.
In conclusion, if you're looking for a well organised race worth the money, you know where to go and where not to go. 'Nice Work' guys!! Date of review: August 11, 2014
In short: Rain didn't dampen the spirits In full: This was my first Nice Work event and I enjoyed it. The weather was, in a word, appalling, with absolutely torrential rain for an hour before the start until shortly after we set off. The rain had the advantage that we had the park to ourselves, so comments from earlier reviews complaining about tourists didn't apply today!
Organisers put a brave face on despite the weather and were clearly proficient at running events of this size at this venue. A special thank you to the marshals for giving up their Sunday morning to stand around in the mud.
At the finishing line we got a medal, a cup of water and your choice of little treat. I had a jaffa cake.
A couple of very minor gripes: it was a touch crowded at the start, but that didn't last long. I think some people hung back at the starting line to get a better chip time, and I guess I could have done the same, so it's sort of my fault. And the instructions, generally pretty good, didn't make it clear that the bag drop was at The Hub, not at the race HQ tent. No biggie, and I'll know for next time. Date of review: August 10, 2014
In short: Really enjoyed In full: Really enjoyed this run. Well worth the money and very well organised. Really enjoyed the little kiddies race before we got started. Very nice medal and goody bag. Date of review: August 13, 2013
In short: Good organization, 3-lap course, nice scenery In full: A 3-lap, rather fast course throughout Regent's park. Not perfectly flat and not the fastest route mainly becase of a crowd of people walking their dogs and tourists encumberig the running path + a total of 12 "u-turns" and other changes of direction that made the route unfit for a PB. Excellent organization and cheering marshalls, nice medal at the finish line. I would suggest an earlier start of the race (maybe 9am?)so to avoid the over-crowded paths in the park. I sincerely appeciated he kids' mini-run just a few minutes before the main event. Well done, very good race for a good charity cause. Date of review: August 12, 2013