In short: 'For crying out loud ', Where's the race start??? In full: I was so happy to find the start of the race that I had to laugh out loud and was singing and dancing in the rain. This short cross country race had a couple of steep hills which left you exhausted and breathless and sent shockwaves all over your body. Sevenoaks Charity 5k fun run was more challenging than usual because of the wind, torrential rain and muddy grounds. I was running well until the young gentleman in front of me fell down heavily. This made me ease down on my brakes as I thought I was next to slip and fall, spinning downhill like a tightly coiled deranged hedgehog. Luckily I did not because it would not have been a pretty sight. The course was tough and yet it was also enjoyable, which made it a fun great family race. There was mix bag of runners which had some serious club and non-club runners taking part. It was good to see that some of the big boys and big girls participated in this race and it was also good to see some old Deers . I am so pleased that I ran this race even though it was a last minute decision, due to the bad cold I caught from my Dearest Hubby.
Now the bad news was that many of the runners and myself had problems finding the entrance of Knowles park. More signs would be helpful, pointing to the park and big sign stating ‘Knowles park’ or ‘Race Start’. It took me and one fellow runner about 30 minutes to the find the race start, others were lost and confused. Runners were asking ‘moi’ where the start was! It was a just pity we were all got drenched before the start of the race, but the rain did not dampen our spirits. This was a great enjoyable race and I highly recommend this race to all Runners World Readers. However, do not under estimate this unique and cruel 5k cross country race, as it can be one hell of a shocker! As for myself, I paid a high price for singing and dancing in the rain I developed a chest infection and other problems. Weeks later I am still struggling to shake it off. I am in big trouble because I have got a Marathon round the corner - Oops I’m going to be last again.
In short: Great run, shame about the weather In full: Absolutely terrible weather couldn't spoil a really well organised race through this lovely setting. I can imagine this would be a real belter on a nice sunny day - definitely worth another go! Date of review: November 3, 2009
In short: If only the weather had been kinder........ In full: Lovely setting, good course for a potential PB, great for first timers, novices, fun runners and supporters-but it may as well have been held under a water fall on the day a great shame! The first 1.5k felt like running in ice cold treacle, great at the turn, rain died down, wind behind and I actually ran well. Felt really sorry for the organisers and marshalls who had to just stand there, at least we were moving! Will give this another go! Date of review: November 2, 2009
In short: Well organised race in beautiful Knole park In full: The organisation was perfect, very flexible even in the dreadful stormy weather. Wonderful race through hilly Knole deerpark, mildly challenging because of the weather, but very beginner-friendly. I brought a visiting family of non-runners along and they thorougly enjoyed it (after the warm shower at home). Date of review: November 1, 2009
In short: Sunday morning challenge in the park In full: More challenging than it looks, but lovely surroundings and a good atmosphere. As a late entrant, the organisers phoned me the day before to make sure I had received their email - very nice touch. It's great to see such a mix of people doing this race - serious club runners, complete beginners, very young children, pensioners. Date of review: September 30, 2008
In short: A couple of challenging parts for a newbie but a good run, could be hard if course was wet In full: Hills, although not too steep, could be a bit grim if the ground was wet. Date of review: September 30, 2008