In short: Great Start to 2013! In full: My first time at the A&D yielded a warming PB over 10k, in spite of truly chilly conditions.
I have attended Nice Work races before and, as ever with NW, for me this was a friendly and well-organised event. Credit is obviously also due to the kind people of A&D themselves as well for playing hosts.
Sadly, some early reviewers have suggested that aspects of the day were not up to standard, which I feel to be unfair - event responsibility, of course, has to cut both ways. No runner should have been unaware of the time to get from HQ to the start (published in the race notes sent with their number); those with email addresses would have received the (sensible) guidance regarding parking in advance. The alternative arrangements were well administered on the day and directions to HQ from the parking were well indicated (in fact one of the 'to the start' signs is still present today, I noticed!).
Race chip queues were long, but they turned over quickly and, with many runners joining the queue pretty 'late in the day', it seemed clear that the delay was announced specifically in order to accommodate those individuals.
Not surprisingly, a cold day and the presence of a clubhouse meant a lot of people (both runners and entourage) headed indoors before and after the race, but navigation to the bag-drop was far from difficult.
No rain (or snow, as was the case last year in Feb), nice scenery, great marshals, nice medal, free food, PB = top marks for me and I'm glad that the initial negative posts no longer seem to reflect the majority of opinion.