Lordshill 10 Mile Race Director’s Report

Many thanks to everyone that helped ensure that the Lordshill 10 Mile Road Race ran so smoothly. We had a total of 559 entries and 509 runners competed on the day which is a record turnout – certainly for recent years. 

With many hours of hard work by the race committee and lots of members of the club being involved both before the event and on the day, we put on a race that’s helped set a new standard! Special thanks must go to the race committee (Irene Moreno-Milan, Chris Brown, Kirsty Ware-Lane, Di Mattingly, Steve Johnson and Darren Foy) and also Tony Crowther, Terry Prynn, Derek Goodshild, Jim Shepherd for their invaluable assistance in this year’s and in many previous events. We hope to be able to give you some time off next year!!

Although we think the event went really well, we wanted to know what those that took part thought too. In light of this, we surveyed all runners that took part and have had about 1/4 of those provide feedback to date. We kept the survey very simple and asked them one simple question – ‘would you recommend the event to a friend?’. Over 97% of those that have replied to the survey would be ‘very likely’ or ‘extremely likely’ to recommend the event to a friend. That’s phenomenal and a tribute to all our hard work. We’ve also received great feedback on how to make the event even better next year and will be working hard to do just that. We won’t rest until 100% of those taking part in our events would be ‘extremely likely’ to recommend our events! They don’t have to be the biggest events but let’s strive to make them the best!

A few of the things that runners loved this year were the weather (thankfully it stopped raining before the race started), the high-quality technical T-shirt which Irene Moreno-Milan designed (amazing work Irene. Thank you!), the very friendly and supportive marshals and the great organisation on the day.

We’re already analysing the feedback received from those that took part as well as club members that helped on the day to improve next year’s race and are confident that we can make it one of the best in the region.

James Saunders