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New event to flourish in Doddington Place Gardens

Nice Work launches new Valentine's Day 10K and 5K

A spectacular private venue; plenty of space; a self-contained course on trails and an experienced race management team are just some of the hallmarks of Nice Work's brand new promotion, due to be held in the stunning surroundings of Doddington Place Gardens near Sittingbourne, Kent (pictured above) on Valentine's Day, Sunday 14 February 2021.

It takes some courage to launch any new event in these COVID-19 affected days but Nice Work are confident their well-practised safety measures will ensure the Doddington Place Gardens Valentine's 10K & 5K can go ahead as planned.

Doddington Place is a superb Edwardian Estate that has been home to the Oldfield family for more than a century. The gabled brick house was designed by Victorian architect Charles Brown Trollope and built around 1860 for Sir John Croft of the port and sherry family.

The estate suffered extensive damage in the 1987 hurricane when 60 trees were lost in the garden alone. Today it is hard to discern any trace of the storm. Those living and gardening here are delighted that thousands come each year to share the enjoyment of the gardens. 

The extensive grounds will provide a 5K lap (two laps for the 10K) on undulating trails with a spectacular finish at the end of the long driveway to the gates of the stately home. All finishers will receive a bespoke medal and heart-shaped Valentine's Day chocolate! As befits the date, there will be a special prize for the fastest couple in the 10K. 

Covid-secure measures include the unusual option to choose a morning or afternoon start time, with wave starts at 3-minute intervals from 9:00am to 10:30am and again from 12:00pm to 1:30pm. Nice Work's detailed safeguards include having a maximum of 12 in each start wave and every individual runner will be positioned according to anticipated finish time, with the fastest going off first.

This new event looks like the perfect winter/spring transition challenge for runners of all abilities and with a 500 entry limit, early application is recommended. Entry fees are from £14 (5K) and £18 (10K) which includes on-site parking and admission to the gardens.  

Nice Work's 10-point Covid-secure plan, full race and entry details can be found here

Image: Nice Work on Facebook

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