In short: Very challenging hilly course when muddy! In full: This was my first ever 10K ... I don't think I'll ever run a harder one to be honest! The first half of the course is brutal on the legs, a steady slope that then builds into a very steep hill which gradually flattens out (glady) for the second half. I managed to do most of the first lap without stopping but the second time around the hill slowed me down a lot. As it'd rained heavily for a few days before the ground was very muddy and slippy which also added to the pain. The relief of getting over that hill the second time around was worth it though and I crawled my way over the finish line in just over an hour.
Everything was ran brilliantly and the rain and mud just made the race that little bit more tough but also fun.
The only real downside was not seeing one deer in the whole time of being in the park, quite unusual!
I'd like to give it another go in the future as it's certainly a different type of course. Date of review: March 17, 2013
In short: wet and muddy In full: Well organised race, shame about the weather. It was very wet which made the course a little bit challenging, but that is what i had expected from a trail race so it was great fun Date of review: March 17, 2013
In short: Fluid event all round. Recommended In full: Well organised, friendly and very charming run in the beautiful Knole Park. For some reason the first 1.5k feels uphill on the legs even though it appears fairly flat to look at, after which you approach a very steep and unneccasary hill that completes the first 2k and is an aggressive challenge. To make matters worse the course is a 2 x 5k loop, so you have to do that whole section again between 5k-7k. After the first loop I was dreading the second as I knew what was coming which I think distracted and worried me a bit, but then again the sense of relief after it's done twice makes the last 3k a breeze!! Not ideal for a PB but I suppose it could be achieved with a little help from the downhill-ish sections that follow the steep parts. Organisers could maybe look at changing the course (if thats possible- I dont know) Overall very enjoyable and will be back next year. Date of review: March 28, 2012
In short: Proper cross country In full: A no frills, does what it says, proper run in a great, scenic, park. One would expect a hill or two and a bit of rough ground. Makes you as happy as a spring lamb running about in the countryside. Nice not to be bombarded with plastic bags full of rubbish that you wouldn't want at the finish. Excellent value for a chip timed event. Thanks to all the marshals and volunteers, it isn't often that an event can be run so well by a non running organisation and thanks to the Sackville family for letting us all run around their garden again. Looking forward to the Eridge 10 and Sevenoaks 7 and will be back next year. Date of review: March 15, 2012