Time flies as Lydd 20 returns
Nice Work promotes popular Spring marathon warm-up
As running wag Stuart Nunn commented on social media: "Was like I only ran it five months ago ...comes round quick!". Stuart did indeed run the rescheduled Brett Lydd 20 on Sunday 15th August 2021 (249th in 3:33:07) and he may well be back for the 15th edition of this popular race on its traditional Spring date this Sunday (6 March).
Brett Lydd 20 and Half Marathon is one of the few events that have had an unbroken run throughout the pandemic and there were 567 finishers across both races last year. The reigning half marathon champions are Joe Morwood (Aldershot, 1:11:12) and Guernsey's Vicky Carre (W45, 1:29:12 PB). Course records are held by Phil Anthony (Invicta East Kent, 1:06:43) in 2012 and Shona McIntosh (Hunters Bog Trotters, 1:17:35) in 2013.
The 20-mile winners last year were M40 Paul Piper, of West 4 Harriers, with a PB and course record 1:50:13, and Lucy Foreman (Cambridge Harriers, 2:22:51 PB). The women's course record is Jill Cliff's 2016 return of 2:18:52, representing Deal Tri Club.
Brett Lydd 20 must be one of the flattest in the country with a claimed elevation of just 6 metres in the entire course using the wide, quiet country lanes surrounding the Romney Marsh town of Lydd in Kent. The experienced Nice Work team is responsible for race management and the Banks Sports and Social Club, Dennes Lane, Lydd provides a great race HQ. The course is a scenic out and back loop via Lydd, Old Romney, and Brookland village. The half marathon has an earlier turn point near Blue House Farm.
Runners of all standards are welcome and race profits are donated to the Mayor of Lydd's Charity fund. There is a £100 top prize for the winning male and female in the 20-miler. A high-quality medal is on offer for all finishers and you can pre-order your long-sleeve souvenir technical running shirt for £12.
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