In short: Super Event In full: This is a race firmly marked in the calendar. 3rd time I've run this, fantastic course, not too taxing and the sun came out for us as well. Hope to be back next year-the only down side was, as others have mentioned, the medal. It didn't even have the event name or date on, real shame! Date of review: April 16, 2012
In short: Great organised run, super scenery In full: This a great run, well organised, super scenic route, a bit of a lumpy course but nothing too nasty, well apart from the cheeky hill at 7km. My only grumble is that after years of really 1st class and individualised medals we seem to have scrimped this year. Comparing 2011 to 2012 is chalk and cheese but overall a 1st class race and strongly recommend next year Date of review: April 15, 2012
In short: Lovely Scenic Course In full: Very well organised race with great scenery, managed a PB even with the hills. The only bad thing to comment was the very poor quality medal, the worst in my collection ! Date of review: April 15, 2012
In short: Kent countryside in glorious technicolour - the course grabs ya by the arse and eyes In full: Such a great event. Love the early start (especially as I had just come off nights (again)). Great parking facilities. Short walk to event. Good venue for registration, chip collection, storage and warm up. Thanks to the school for this. Seemed to me there were loads more runners this year, and testiment to the good organisation and fantastic scenic route. Great marshals, patient car drivers. The course is mainly road work but there is a glorious off road section and a great fast finish. Good directions and fantastic support on the route. Shame about medal quality but the "local picture" touch is unique. I got a PB for the course BUT it's not a course for an overall PB. The hills are challenging and "bite ya". I do love this local event and will do it year on year. Thanks Swanley. Date of review: April 15, 2012
In short: Excellent race In full: This was a great 10k, the whole thing was very well organised and a lovely scenic route, the only thing which was less than impressive was the medal but the event was excellent overall. Date of review: April 15, 2012
In short: Scenic 10k In full: This is the sixth time I have completed this race. There are a number of hills but the views make up for this. The last few kilometres are downhill. I like the early start which means the race does not take up your whole day. Would recommend for those that fancy a challenge. Medal not as good as previous years but still unique. Date of review: April 15, 2012
In short: Well organised from start to finish In full: A lovely local 10K run complete with a few undulations and a wicked 2 mile downhill to the finish. It was well organised from start to finish with encouragement from the marshalls to push you up the hills. Well done Swanley!!!! Date of review: April 15, 2012
In short: Well Organised, Very Friendly, Very Scenic, Slightly Challenging In full: I travelled from Essex for this race having decided to enter on Saturday afternoon, and arrived at the car park at 7.50 for the 8.30 start.
There is plenty of parking available in the field which was well marshalled.
I then went to collect my race number and timing chip, and this was well organised, meaning it took no more than 90 seconds to do this.
There was plenty of room at the school to get a good warm-up in around the playing field. There were toilets in the school, and there were also a number of porta loos available outside, so while there were queues for the toilets they were minimal compared to other races.
There was plenty of room for the massed start, and useful markers advising people where to start from depending on predicted time. One slight down side here was that those of us near the back could not hear the starter, so perhaps a PA system of some sort for future years?
The course is definitely undulating. There were three climbs to be undertaken, and two of these reduced a number of runners to walking.
There were plenty of flat sections to get a good pace up, and the last 3 km was mainly downhill so you could really get your speed up for a fast finish if the last climb had not finished you off.
Access to the finish line was good, and there was plenty of help at the finish to remove the timing chips, and to hand out medals.
The course was very scenic going through some very nice villages, and beautiful countryside. With the pleasant weather, this made for a very enjoyable run.
Overall this was a very enjoyable event, that I will definitely do again. But I would not say that this is a PB course due to the hills. If you are looking for a quick time, get some hill sessions in in your training, otherwise just look to enjoy the course and the challenge. Date of review: April 15, 2012