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The Brett Sponsored Half Marathon Sprints Ahead

Sweeping winds and bitter cold were no obstacle in this year’s Brett Lydd Half Marathon and 20-Mile Race.

The 15th Brett Lydd Half Marathon and 20-Mile Race took place early this March, with around 500 runners taking on Romney Marsh in Kent. The flat course saw some fast times, and impressive performances across the board. This included a high number of personal bests, with competitors defying the icy crosswinds to reach their goals.

The runners were once again cared for and supported by event organisers, Nice Work, along with members of the neighbouring communities.

Nice Work’s Managing Director, Rachael Wood, said: “The Brett Lydd Half Marathon and 20-Mile Race has always shown itself to be a true community occasion, with this year being no exception. Water stations were manned by local scouts, guides and brownies, and the Mayor of Lydd was present to award medals to finishers. All the marshals did a fantastic job out in the exposed elements, and the Rotary Club of Romney Marsh deserve special praise for their steadfast support.

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Victoria Riches crosses the half-marathon finish line as the fastest in the Women’s category

“As with previous years, the event attracted athletes wishing to test their speed and endurance ahead of the spring race calendar. Despite the brutally cold conditions, many runners were rewarded with PBs, and there was a tremendous atmosphere at the finish line.”

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Half marathon winner, Antony Webb, is rewarded his medal by the mayor

Anthony Webb of Medway and Maidstone AC won the men’s half-marathon with a time of 01:11:07, followed by Karl Gloster in 01:14:48, and David Tyler of Folkstone RC securing third place in 01:17:06. Taking the women’s top spot was Hadleigh Hares AC’s Victoria Riches with a time of 01:26:33, followed by Hazel Behagg of Dartford Road Runners in 01:27:11, with Karen Murdoch of HY Runners Hastings taking third in 01:29:25.

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Half marathon finishers enjoying the rest following their achievement!

Taking first place in the 20-Mile event with a time of 01:52:22 was Cambridge Harriers’ James Macdonald. Anthony Bradley of Lonely Goat RC took second in 01:57:09, while Gary McKivett crossed the line in third at 01:57:40. For the women’s category, Kerstin Sung of Maidstone Harriers came first in 02:20:08, Jennie Roberts second in 02:22:42, and Headington RR’s Edwina Mcdowall took third in 02:23:27.

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Prizes were awarded for podium positions, while all finishers received bespoke medals depicting the Lydd coat of arms. Race profits are to be donated to the Mayor of Lydd's Charity Fund.

If you are interested in taking part in next year's event, please visit the Nice Work website to register. Home | Nice Work Race Management (