In short: Great race for runners and supporters In full: This is the first time I've run this race and although it didn't go to plan in terms of my time (unlike for most people who get a PB) I did enjoy it.
I was at the back for a lot of it and if you prefer to be in a race with a lot of people but you're not very fast this is something to consider as you will be either on your own or in a very small group for a lot of the race.
The course itself was good, the lanes were wide enough that you didn't feel cramped when being over taken and had sections where the hedges were high enough to provide a bit of shade to cool you down. When cars were passing the runners helped each other out by shouting 'car', this was not too often so didn't really have an impact on the race. From mile 5-7 the course is a bit more rough with pot holes and stones but didn't cause any problems. If like me you were struggling a bit the fact that I could see the finish line with 3 miles to go was not very motivating but I'm sure if you're on for a good time it would be!
The best part of this race though has to be the people who organise it, there is a clear passion for the event from everyone involved and they just what volunteers should be - I even saw someone wearing a Sport Maker t-shirt which proves the Olympic Legacy of volunteering lives on!! I must also mention the water girls who also clearly enjoyed trying to get the runners to pick them to take water from :)
All in all a very good race and with the lovely weather I couldn't fault it. Date of review: March 10, 2014
In short: Great for a PB providing the weather is good, open to the elements across the Romney marsh In full: Personally a great race for me, 3rd time for me this year and a PB every time. A few pot holes at about 6 miles on a single track course but didn't slow me down. Good level of marshalling and water stations. I do like the U-turn at about 5 miles where you see the runners behind you coming towards you, a nice touch. Date of review: March 10, 2014
In short: Fun, friendly and flat! In full: I've run this twice now and really enjoyed both times. It's a great flat course and the organisation is excellent. It's not that well supported but I quite enjoy the fact that some of it is nice and quiet. Everyone involved in the organisation is incredibly friendly. Date of review: March 10, 2014
In short: great day for running combined with good organisation In full: One of the best days for running so far this year - even the Marsh wind was subdued !No problem with parking or picking up race gear and everyone was more than helpful - post race the jaffas and fig rolls were most welcome as was the lemon drink . Just one minor gripe - one more water station on a day when the air temp was 14o would have been welcome or failing that - put some 500ml bottles at the 5m station ? Would allways come and do it again .
In short: Fast race through the marsh In full: Let me start by saying: Great medal! I like a good medal and this is definitely one of them. In more than 200 races this is one of the best infact. Also a good technical T shirt. So that's a good start (or rather end of the race!). Plus a delicious bottle of drink and jaffa cakes at the end - all good. The weather for this race was mercifully warm and with a light breeze. My first time running this one. It was well marshaled and seemed generally very well organised. I had no problems parking (having been politely directed), finding the start (with good signage), or finding my way round the course. Its not what I would call scenic: its running through the lanes of the Romney Marsh, but the fact that its pancake flat made up for that. I would say this is a clubby kind of race: people looking for a PB. And other than good marshals there wasn't huge support - but its not like we were racing through a city or even a town! More sheep then people live along the route and they're never that vocal. The finish had good vocal support though. Well done Nice Work (race organisers) for a good race. See you next year! Date of review: March 9, 2014
In short: People need to keep their perspective!. In full: First time I've done this race. I am a back of the packer, but still found the same enthusiasm from marshals who had been out on the course for a long time ! Bless those children who stood out in freezing conditions on the water stations. They gave us a big cheer as we went past. Even though really near the back, the finish line was still up and there were still choccies to be had, as well as a t-shirt!.
I have to say that the people who slag this race off, don't go!. There's 100's of other people that had a perfectly nice time. Nice Work put on some great races across the country and without people like Cathy and Martin you wouldn't have any races around here, so pipe down. Date of review: April 20, 2013
In short: Good flat course - poor organisation In full: I only run this course because it's flat. Very poorly organised, and expensive for what it is. I didn't see any technical shirt - I finished after 2.10, so perhaps they had run out. I was given a toy shop medal that isn't worth keeping. No food or energy drinks. The organisers need to close the lane to traffic. And perhaps buy a few bags of sand to fill in the potholes. You know, do some actual organising! This is probably the worse organised race on the calendar, and given that people have complained in the past, I don't quite get why Martin and Cathy Burke don't do something about it. This could be such a great run if only they made a little bit more effort. You can't have cars and runners together in a narrow lane filled with pot holes. The lane is private so can be closed off. Close it off. Date of review: March 22, 2013
In short: Nice scenery, but a bit chaotic at the finish In full: Plus points: Nice scenery Flat course plenty of water stations
Minus points: Chaotic finish with cars and bikes leaving the finish line area while runners still coming in, its just not fair so stop people parking right by the finish line! I'd go with another reveiwer who said lose the t shirt and spend a bit more on the medal as people will look at this in years to come and think about that race and weather they should do it again! Didn't like to loop part at around the 6 mile point where we went half way down a lane only to turn around again just to make up the mileage.
I may do it again, mainly because i enjoyed the course and the scenery. Date of review: March 14, 2013