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The Brett Lydd 20 Mile & Half Marathon

3 races scheduled · 1000 participants · 2021-08-15 · Lydd
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About this event

Drive your training forward with this pan-flat half marathon and 20 mile event. Great for runners of all levels, the course winds its way through the Kent countryside surrounding the Marsh Town of Lydd. Come for a great physical challenge.

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Tickets available until Fri Aug 13 2021

What's included:

  • Finisher's Medal
  • Marshalled Course
  • Refreshment Stations
  • Prizes for top runners and age-grade winners
  • Chip Timed Event
  • Free parking
20 Mile
8:00am Sun 15th Aug 2021

Run 20mi

£24.00 - £36.00
Children's 1 Mile Dash
8:00am Sun 15th Aug 2021

Run 1mi

£3.00
Half Marathon
8:00am Sun 15th Aug 2021

Run 13.1mi

£22.00 - £34.00
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4.1
36 reviews
ParkingGreat parking
LighteningPerfect for a pb
ActionHighFiveHelpful volunteers
D U
Star
3.3
Did the Half Marathon in 2020
Shame about the bottleneck right after the start line and the flood across the road in the first mile. Many runners, myself included, didn't want to be several inches deep in water so soon after leaving the start. There was a field right next to it that water could have been pumped onto. Instead, many runners were at a standstill trying to hold on to a barbed wire fence while traversing a very slippery, muddy verge which was only about a foot wide. This added a significant amount of time on to everyone's first mile.<br />Beyond that the course was good. Killer last three miles into the wind though.… read more
Chris
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2.0
Did the 20 Mile in 2020
Bizarre "early-start" for some runners caused frustration amongst those waiting was compounded by the late start for main field due to way too few staff issuing race numbers. Insufficient toilet facilities.… read more
Chris L
Star
4.0
Did the Half Marathon in 2020
Shame that there was congestion immediately after crossing the start line.<br />Still, I really enjoyed my inaugural South Coast HM… read more
Frequently asked questions
FAQ
Are there on-site changing facilities or a bag drop at the The Brett Lydd 20 Mile & Half Marathon?
No, due to the current situation there will be no baggage drop or changing facilities for use at the event.… read more
FAQ
Will my race number be sent to me or do I need to pick it up on race day for The Brett Lydd 20 Mile & Half Marathon?
If you have entered the race in good time then it will be sent to you in the post. If you entered close to race day then you will need to collect your race number on the day of the event. Entries are not available on the day.… read more
FAQ
Will there be toilets at The Brett Lydd 20 Mile & Half Marathon?
Yes, there will be toilets at the start/finish area but it is asked that you take care washing your hands and sanitise regularly. … read more
Route description
Route description

The Half Marathon race will start on the main road adjacent to the Banks Sports Club in Dennes Lane, just off the High Street.

Participants will head out to the north of the town for a rural out-and-back route through the quiet lanes surrounding the town.

The 20 Mile Race follows largely the same route as the Half Marathon. However, runners for the 20 Mile event will also complete an additional loop through Brookland.

Both routes are pancake-flat and perfect for those looking to get a PB.

D U
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3.3
Did the Half Marathon in 2020
Shame about the bottleneck right after the start line and the flood across the road in the first mile. Many runners, myself included, didn't want to be several inches deep in water so soon after leaving the start. There was a field right next to it that water could have been pumped onto. Instead, many runners were at a standstill trying to hold on to a barbed wire fence while traversing a very slippery, muddy verge which was only about a foot wide. This added a significant amount of time on to everyone's first mile.<br />Beyond that the course was good. Killer last three miles into the wind though.
Chris
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2.0
Did the 20 Mile in 2020
Bizarre "early-start" for some runners caused frustration amongst those waiting was compounded by the late start for main field due to way too few staff issuing race numbers. Insufficient toilet facilities.
Chris L
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4.0
Did the Half Marathon in 2020
Shame that there was congestion immediately after crossing the start line.<br />Still, I really enjoyed my inaugural South Coast HM
Graeme R
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3.0
Did the 20 Mile in 2020
Conditions were very challenging. Thought the first big puddle could have been cleared - this ended up being a bottle neck and broke up the pack. General organisation was good. Whilst the course is flat, it was much harder than expected. Not a great deal of support along the route, but appreciated those that stood out in the poor weather conditions. Great medal.
Magda M
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4.0
Did the Half Marathon in 2020
The weather on the day was grim so it was always going to be a challenge! It was very windy and cold at the beginning and we started nearly 15 mins late - half of which was spent "listening" to an inaudible tannoy - what could you have possibly have needed to say that took so long - given that the communication was completely ineffective?<br />Once we passed the starting gun we were then herded round some huts with a narrow walk way - so more standing still while people got through the gap - the next holdup you couldn't have done much about as we then went into "steeplechase" with 6-8 inches of water crossing the road - the locals could probably have told you that that would be a flood point.<br />Right, got that off my chest!! <br />The volunteers all round the course were lovely. Big shout out to the local scouts who were there with the water, jelly babies and jaffa cakes<br />The atmosphere on the course was really nice - lots of encouragement from the front - mid-runners to others who were finding the course a challenge<br />The end was well organised with lots of drinks available and fig rolls (my personal favourite)<br />It would be good to have had someone on loo roll duty - running out by 20 mins before the start (unless there was a secret corona-hoarder squirreling them away!)<br />For those who don't care for hills this was a wonderful pancake- flat course through some lovely Kent countryside and big skies
Laura J
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4.3
Did the 20 Mile in 2020
A lovely flat course. All the volunteers handing out drinks and directing the runners did a great job. They were out in the wind for a lot longer than most of the runners and were really encouraging. I could not have faulted their enthusiasm. Thank you.
RP
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2.3
Did the 20 Mile in 2020
Not well organised. It was over a 10 minute wait to start and when we did, everyone went at once which caused a log as soon as you started. The lakes on the roads could of been pumped or pallets could of been placed over. Route was lovely but think the direction could of been better, at 10 miles you run around a cone and run back. There was no goodies, just jaffa cakes in a bowl with water or some sort of can drink.
Ruth H
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3.7
Did the 20 Mile in 2020
Really enjoyed this event despite all the windy weather. It would be a PB course on a good day.<br />Start was a bit late as people were still queuing for numbers, bag drop and toilets so could have done with more toilets or more parking locations as I don’t think people left enough time to park and get to the start.
Gethin J
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4.7
Did the Half Marathon in 2020
The course is an easy out a back, nice and flat. The wind on the way back was quite strong and challenging but no one can change the weather. The start was a bit of a mess, we ended up starting over 10mins late, people were beginning to get very cold. The marshals and the youngsters handing out the water were fantastic. We parked about 5 minutes away in a side street, just to avoid any chaos on the way out. It was not on closed roads but it really was not that busy, I saw about 8 cars in total over the 2hr30m I was out there for. I really loved the run and would love to do it again.
OC
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4.0
Did the 20 Mile in 2020
Lydd is good marathon training as it’s a very flat course. Yesterday was tough because of the prevailing wind. This year the race started more than 10 minutes late because there were either too many entrants or there were issues around organisation. I think on a 20 mile race there should be toilet facilities at some point along the route. I also think there should be energy drinks (there only seemed to be water available). <br />Finally, it was disappointing that so many runners had chosen to litter the route with their empty gel packets.<br />
Tim VS
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3.3
Did the Half Marathon in 2020
Given it is a big event in a small village, the organisers did really well. All the helpers were smiley and helpful so thanks to all of them. Big queues for registration, bag drop and, of course, the loos so worth turning up early for this one. The course is completely flat so excellent for a PB, except the stiff winds had other ideas! Not the most exciting of courses as pretty flat and featureless for the most part, but it did the job as an early pre marathon work up, and the friendliness of the Marshalls made up for the slightly dull course. Thanks again to Nice Work
Sue H
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5.0
Did the 20 Mile in 2020
Thank you for a great race - it was well organised, everyone was friendly and helpful. This was my first 20mile race and exactly what I wanted. Flat course, on road. Most importantly for me, being not the fastest runner, one could even say [email protected] Having the early start for us was BRILLIANT. It made such a difference finishing with others still around, not being left to the end, which is so demoralising. I have 2 suggestions: 1) include the info about the early start in the info pack and those runners have to let you know before hand; 2) if possible - have a loo somewhere on the course! Thanks again - will be sharing the info about the race with our running club. Many thanks. Sue
Gill G
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2.7
Did the Half Marathon in 2020
Race delayed due to sheer numbers picking up bib nos and dropping baggage. Why so many had to be picked up on the day was not clear. As we were on chip timing some more could have been started- got so cold couldn’t feel my gloved hands and feet frozen. Holding us together so closely for 15 minutes also irresponsible due to Coronavirus. Signage and people directing for parking poor too. Fog rolls at the end good.
Naomi Rose
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5.0
Did the 20 Mile in 2020
The weather wasn’t ideal but the volunteers were still there, happy, encouraging and positive! A great atmosphere and well organised. The route was also great for supporters to get to different spots to cheer people along!
Mike S
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3.3
Did the Half Marathon in 2020
20m after the start we all had to funnel through a 2m gap. It took me 1:30 to travel that first 20m!
Philip W
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4.3
Did the 20 Mile in 2020
A really good race out in the Kent countryside. The organisers are very good and the race is well run (no pun intended!). Water stations are frequent and well-manned. The course could hardly be flatter and the quiet roads mean that within a few hundred meters the field has spread enough for other runners to no longer be a hindrance. It's a very enjoyable race with a high chance of a PB given the flat nature of the course.
CH
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3.3
Did the 20 Mile in 2020
I thought there could have been more wardens on the course. Especially on the way back of the 20mile race. I noticed a significant number of people walking, and calling family and friends asking for help and I didn’t see a set of wardens for 2ish miles after. Also with the spacing between wardens it was very quiet and challenging with the weather that some extra encouragement would have been really welcoming. Those that were on the course were great, I’m definitely not knocking them, but having a few more friendly faces and words of encouragement would have been priceless, considering the course is very isolated on the way back.
Chris K
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1.0
Did the 20 Mile in 2018
There are no toilets on the route, which for a 20-mile race is unacceptable. Very poor race with no atmosphere. Boring route in a depressing location.
Adam
Star
5.0
Did the The 5th Lydd 20 Mile in 2019
Excellent event and great job given the windy conditions. Would recommend to anyone who wants to run with good people
Fenella
Star
4.7
Did the The 5th Lydd 20 Mile in 2019
Well organised. Great marshalls- supportive and kind in atrocious weather- 50mph winds- thank you,thank you
Victoria
Star
4.7
Did the 20 Mile in 2019
Could have done with some more toilets, apart from that all good I really enjoyed the course, apart from the winds, and will be coming along next year.
Paul
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5.0
Did the Half Marathon in 2019
Lovely flat and well organized race. Thoroughly enjoyed the countryside along the way. Staff and volunteers were great from start to finish. Thank you
Andrew
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5.0
Did the The 5th Lydd 20 Mile in 2019
This is a great race that's well organised and a pleasure to run. The course is across the Romney Marsh area and therefore totally flat - only hurdle were the fallen trees this year.
Philip
Star
5.0
Did the The 12th Lydd Half Marathon in 2019
Really great flat half marathon along quiet country lanes. Well organised and marshalled throughout. Two bits of advice though: 1 - pick a day without wind as the course is very exposed and 2 - get there early for easy parking!
Sharon
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4.0
Did the The 5th Lydd 20 Mile in 2019
What strength and happiness and enthusiastic efforts from all marshals From sawing trees to non stop cheering and keeping us safe Thank you!
Penny
Star
4.7
Did the The 5th Lydd 20 Mile in 2019
Very well organised although conditions on the day very challenging with winds and rain but the sun was welcome
Claire
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4.3
Did the The 5th Lydd 20 Mile in 2019
Inspire of the extreme conditions - I wore a smile for the duration of the event. The area is beautiful and it was such a confidence boost completely my first ever 20mile event (5milws further than Ive ever run) on a flat, quiet course. The water stations manned by enthusiastic cubs and Brownies -with jelly bean treats - were fabulous at offering encouragement.
Justin
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5.0
Did the The 5th Lydd 20 Mile in 2018
Great flat race. Well organised and easy to navigate. Thanks to the marshals and the organisers of such a unique event!
Jae
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5.0
Did the The 5th Lydd 20 Mile in 2019
What a race! 50mph blustery winds, rain showers, and trees falling across the route all conspired to ruin this race; but the runners and organisers won! The water stations were well manned, and the kids at them (as well as plenty of adults) were endlessly encouraging and kind as they handed out Jaffa cakes and jelly babies. Trees were cleared quickly, but while chain saws were waited for, marshals helped us over or under them and ensured everyone was safe. There were enough loos and plenty of folk on hand at registration and bag drops. The course is well measured, clearly marked and wonderfully flat. I loved the big, wide landscape and giant skies. Thank you to everyone involved. The perfect pre-marathon long run. Highly recommended!
Anne-Marie
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5.0
Did the The 5th Lydd 20 Mile in 2019
Very well organised, especially considering the weather, lots of hard work in the background, hugely appreciated. Really enjoyed it.
Emma
Star
5.0
Did the The 12th Lydd Half Marathon in 2019
Great event, my first ever half marathon. Well organised and flat. The weather was horrendous but still fun.
Jason
Star
5.0
Did the The 5th Lydd 20 Mile in 2019
Despite gale force winds, the organisers kept everything ticking along nicely. Big thanks to the on-course marshals were really fantastic throughout the course, providing plenty of encouragement, well-manned water stations, and a quickly rigged detour around a fallen tree. Course was flat and i'm sure fast in more sedate conditions. Will come back next year to (hopefully) find out.
Daniel
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4.3
Did the The 12th Lydd Half Marathon in 2019
A good course for any ability looking to achieve a PB. Fab parking close to the registration and start line. A well organised event. Excellent value for money event.
Luke
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5.0
Did the 20 Mile in 2019
Even with the trees down I enjoyed it so much well done to everyone the team was amazing I would defo do this again and recommend
Ben
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3.7
Did the The 12th Lydd Half Marathon in 2010
For me this was my best ever half marathon. I got a pb that I struggle to beat now.
Will
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3.0
Did the Children's 1 Mile Dash in 2018
Didn't have a great race?! Sorry, therefore not a great review? If I had a good run would probably given 4/5 stars
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Logistics and schedule

Schedule

08:00 Start Line Opens

10:00 Start Line Closes

Participants will be set off in 3-minute slots, beginning at 08:00 all the way up until 10:00. There will be a maximum of 12 people per time slot.

Spectators

Due to the current situation, spectators are encouraged not to attend. If they must, it is asked that they congregate at the start/finish area.

Volunteers

For more information about volunteering please contact: [email protected]

How to get there

Lydd, Romney Marsh TN29 9JZ, UK

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Address for Race HQ: The Banks Sports & Social Club, Dennes Lane, Lydd, Romney Marsh, Kent TN29 9JZ

The Race HQ is located around half a mile from the town centre of Lydd. The Race Headquarters are located at the Banks Sports Club in Dennes Lane – just off the High Street.

From the M20

Exit at Junction 10, Ashford and take the A2070 to Brenzett. Turn Left onto the A259 towards New Romney and then turn right on to the B2075. This will take you to the centre of Lydd, from where you will find Dennes Lane, just off the High Street.

From Folkestone

Take the A259 through New Romney, turn Left onto the B2075. This will take you to the centre of Lydd.

From Hastings and Rye

Take the A259 through Rye and take the first turn right towards Camber. Follow this road through Camber for around 4 miles. When you reach the military barracks at Lydd, turn left and this will take you to the centre of Lydd.

Parking

There will be parking available onsite for runners and spectators.

By Train

The closest railway station is Ashford International, which is around 15 miles away. You will then need to get a taxi or cycle to the event.

Frequently asked questions
FAQ
Are there on-site changing facilities or a bag drop at the The Brett Lydd 20 Mile & Half Marathon?
No, due to the current situation there will be no baggage drop or changing facilities for use at the event.
FAQ
Will my race number be sent to me or do I need to pick it up on race day for The Brett Lydd 20 Mile & Half Marathon?
If you have entered the race in good time then it will be sent to you in the post. If you entered close to race day then you will need to collect your race number on the day of the event. Entries are not available on the day.
FAQ
Will there be toilets at The Brett Lydd 20 Mile & Half Marathon?
Yes, there will be toilets at the start/finish area but it is asked that you take care washing your hands and sanitise regularly.
FAQ
When will results be available from The Brett Lydd 20 Mile & Half Marathon?
Results and race awards will be available approximately 3 days after the event. Race medals will be available for pick-up upon finishing the race, and a small momento will be sent out in the post after the event for race winners.
FAQ
Is there an age requirement to participate in The Brett Lydd 20 Mile & Half Marathon?
Participants must be 17 years of age and over to enter the Half Marathon and 20 Mile event. Participants for the children's race must be under 15 years of age.
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