In short: Well organised, great course. Nice Race In full: Parking, chip collection and bag drop super, even had time for a coffee. 15min walk out to start worked well for warm up. Race itself was two laps of a gorgeous grass/gravel circuit with a testing little section at the 2k/7k mark. A relief after the second time as the last 3k was all flat or downhill enough to try and claw some seconds back. Marshalls were lovely, as were the runners. Water, banane and medal at the finish. Well done to all involved. Date of review: March 11, 2012
In short: This was only my 2nd 10k race, and although the terrain appeared simple enough I found it harder than expected. Was pleased with my time of 50 minutes and would definitley do it again. Date of review: March 11, 2012
In short: Lovely Scenery In full: My first race since 2003! I entered online, got my number in good time, collected my chip no problem and was at the start in good time. The scenery was lovely and I thoroughly enjoyed the race even though I found the grassy/muddy bits hard going. I'm definitely coming back next year. Date of review: March 11, 2012
In short: Such a pleasant event. They want you there. Great course, will test beginners In full: Facilities great (bit chocka for parking) but on day registration was smooth. Little walk to start point - warms you up. Chip timing was good. Grounds of Knole Park are lush and there is plenty to see from the high ground. All the deer had scarpered! Twice round the course and the hill at start bites you on the 2nd leg but once thats over it's a great smooth downhill to the end. Fast finish as well. One water point just on the 2nd leg. Good encouragement, plenty of supporters (nice weather brough them out). ONLY grumble would be the bottle neck for those that came in around the hour plus mark as they had to bunch up over the chip timing mat and then get down to single file for medal collection. Medal is good because it has the event date on it. Same walk back to the car was good for warm down. Will do it again I am sure. Thanks go to rotary club, marshals and supporters. Date of review: March 11, 2012
In short: 2nd time I've run it and already looking forward to next year as its a lovely friendly little race. In full: Very pleasant small race, challenging course but still beginner friendly as you get a real sense of achievement completing it. The organisation is by the local rotary club so doesn't have to professionalism of, say, Paddock Wood half but is very endearing and has a huge amount of charm; and of course its a much smaller event. Inexpensive, the money goes to good causes, friendly, challenging but great for beginners, just an all round great event.
Shame I ran so badly thought :( Date of review: March 11, 2012
In short: Well organised,challenging and good fun In full: Not done a cross country for 30+ years, so was pleased that my time was only 2 minutes slower than the last 10k road race. Very well organised, encouraging and friendly marshalls all round the course. Date of review: March 23, 2011
In short: Muddy, fun, wel organised In full: I enjoyed the race although, I regretted not owning any trail shoes as the mud was slippery on the park sections. That was a bit annoying on the finish straight where there was a danger of slipping over during the sprint. Overall a really good run though, through lovely park scenery. Date of review: March 21, 2011
In short: Wish I had done more hill training! In full: Not a good start as although told I could register on the day they had run out of chips and numbers when I got there. Other than that very good organisation, the marshalls were very helpful and charming and the medals and bananas at the finish were well organised.
I struggled with the first 2km which I was personally disappointed with but managed to run the hill 2nd time around and sprint finish to come in around 59mins. Shame i wasn't chipped but will definitely ensure I sign up online in plenty of time for next year! Date of review: March 16, 2011
In short: A nice Sunday morning In full: Despite having raced since 1979 I'd largely missed this type of run, concentrating almost exclusively on inter-club races. My loss as this was good fun, easy to navigate and with more than enough helpers and marshals. It has a bit more road in it than I'd like but most can be avoided by using the grassy verges. If I'm fit and healthy in 2012 I'll return. Date of review: March 15, 2011