In short: A magnificent day out, and great fun. Worth the early start to run through Henry VIII's old hunting ground, and great fun. In full: Four of us travelled out by train from London Bridge station and hopped a cab from Tunbridge Wells station (a tenner) - the train/taxi journey took about 45 minutes in total, and was painless. Well worth the early start. Living and training in inner London makes me appreciate a well-organised 10-mile(ish) cross-country through glorious undulating leafy Kent - hills, forest, bog, ridgeway, downs, piglets, lakes, and even a lumber yard mean that the mind is constantly stimulated as the body is continually obliged to work up and down through the gears. A great sharpener for the XC season, and a thoroughly delightful long Sunday morning run in a great race setting. And once you finish, you are confronted with the finest Kentish hospitality - trays of quartered oranges, bananas, squash, water, wonderful carrot cake, sponge cake and rocky road. And, of course, the beer tent (thanks Larkins Ale, you have some new loyal fans!) This was the first time I ran the Eridge Park 10, and I will definitely come back next year. Ten of us travelled out from my club in SE London, and we were unanimous in our praise for a well-organised, challenging, and hugely enjoyable event. Date of review: September 17, 2010
In short: Superb scenery takes your mind off the pain of the hills; great organisation AND free beer! In full: A fantastic race with wonderful scenery and being an off road, muddy and tough cross country type of race, a bit different to pounding the roads. My 1st go at Eridge but definitely not my last, especially as "seriously steep" wasn't as long as I feared (even if it was as steep as I'd thought!). The free cake, Larkins beer and T-shirt were all great and made it fantastic value for money. You couldn't wish to spend a Sunday any other way!! Date of review: September 17, 2010
In short: Fantastic In full: When the weather is kind this is a glorious race. In rain it's still glorious... but in another sort of way. The best thing wasa that there were no cars, no noise, nothing but views, hills, scenery, me and people like me (always the best type). Next year is already scheduled! Date of review: September 17, 2010
In short: Great race but not fast In full: Thanks to the marshalls and organisers for making this such a great race.
This was my first cross-country race, having done a few half-marathons on the roads and Bewl Water 15 miles before. Even though the summer has been pretty dry some of the course was a bit muddy though nothing to worry about.
There were a lot of hills, far too many to run up. My time seemed pretty slow to me.
The organisation was great, plenty of marshalls to help avoid going the wrong way and giving support. The free cakes and beer at the end were amazing, as was the atmosphere and indeed the T-shirt.
I can't wait for next year! Date of review: September 16, 2010
In short: Wonderful but don't underestimate the hills! In full: Beautiful course, killer hills, great atmosphere, tremendous marshalling. How does anyone get round in just over the hour? Mad! First time this year but will definitely be back. Date of review: September 14, 2010