In short: A challenging first 10k In full: Knole Park is a very nice location and the course was challenging for a first timer like me. I will do it again next year, hoping that I can finish a bit higher. I find it a bit odd (and i'm taking into account the gun time and chip time) that my finishing position was different from what was posted up at the Leisure Centre. It would have been good if there actually been a horn or something to start the event.
In short: Lovely atmosphere and lovely grounds to run in! In full: A lovely place to run in! We were lucky that it hadn't been raining recently, as it would have been pretty awful - mud wise. My first real cross country race, and I have to admit I found the hill/incline very hard. Well organised and a good atmosphere. Date of review: March 18, 2010
In short: Great organisation. In full: A great course (wide and open) that is reasonably challenging in parts. A well organised race with cheerful marshalls and helpers. A good atmosphere Date of review: March 16, 2010
In short: A tough course ! In full: Ran this as part of my marathon training so on tired legs ie after a 22.5 mile run on Friday. So I thought the 1st 2.5 km and 5 to 7 km was rather hardwork, but the flatter and downhill bits did help me make up lost time. Not ideal for a PB due to the terrain and gradient. Very pleasant place to run, I saw lots of Deer while I was warming up and the setting was very pretty indeed. Well organised but the start a little premature - we were promised a count down which I did not hear just a claxon and a mad dash. Date of review: March 16, 2010
In short: Gets better every year! In full: Thank you to Sevenoaks Rotary Club for organising their 4th 10k race in Knole Park. The most noticeable improvement on 2009 is the introduction of electronic timing although my official time was a few seconds different from that on my Garmin.
Great weather for running and underfoot conditions benefitted from a couple of dry weeks. So, the mix of surfaces - some grass, some hard path / road - took a road running shoe.
One suggestion that I would still like to see implemented is to use paper cups at the 5k drinks station as these are easier to pinch and drink from compared with the plastic cups used again this year.
I guess that a sign indicating the baggage area at the start could be useful so that those who need it can find it - there was one, a groundsheet pegged out under a green gazebo.
Thank you to all the marshals for manning the course and parking beforehand, St John Ambulance, all the other volunteers who staffed the registration, timing, medals and post race drinks and bananas! Proud to say this is my local 10k. Date of review: March 15, 2010
In short: Beautiful surroundings, well organised, hill quite tough In full: I had a great run including a pb and I enjoyed the on various surfaces to run on. The hill after the first km felt somewhat steep especially on the second lap. The organisation was good, although I walked there so I don't know how good or bad the parking was. All in all a splendid morning run in a beautiful park. Date of review: March 15, 2010
In short: Excellent scenery and very well organised. In full: I loved this race a good mix of runners, well organised and a varied run with some hills but nothing too worrying. Good quality medal as well ! My boyfriend did this as his first 10k and really enjoyed the experience. Thankyou Sevenoaks rotary! Date of review: March 15, 2010