In short: Great first effort for this new event In full: Nice to have a new local event. Pretty much no frills, ie no finish clock, but very good supportive Marshalls. Route is mainly rural and flat with a couple of short climbs. Final footpath stretch through Hildenborough could get interesting if many people on it at once, as its a narrow stretch. Chose to run on road myself. Good event, mixed (very) fast people and beginners. Will be back next year. Good value as well, which is rare to say these days. Mental horse/rider combo added interest, but thats the nature of the quiet lanes used for the race. Date of review: March 18, 2013
In short: A fast course, but my safety is more important to me than a PB In full: Most of the last km was on a very narrow path on a busy road. Not only could this hold you up but a stumble and you could be under a car. Then the nervous horse on the course, that looked like it was going to start kicking was also a concern. The rider's lack of sense at what was happening isn't the race organisers fault but it would have been nice to see the Marshal, 50 metres away, deal with it better. These problems far outweigh the teething problems others have mentioned that you could easily forgive, even though they were disappointing. Date of review: March 17, 2013
In short: Well done on your first attempt In full: A pleasant Sunday morning race through pleasant countryside with the rain just holding off. There were 2 gradual climbs but they were the type that any reasonably fit person could deal with. The race was well organised and glad to report no vehicular problems. There was a small problem with a horse which was not under full control by its owner and this does reflect the potential damage a spooked horse could do. Fortunately it all came to nothing. Overall a lovely race. Hope to return next year. Date of review: March 17, 2013
In short: 1st year for this 10k. Great effort In full: This was the 1st staging of the Tonbridge 10k and was a very friendly and well organised race with the potential to be really great in years to come. Well done to all the organisers and volunteers. The race HQ was well organised and had tea and biscuits too for a small donation. Very welcome at the end!
It was only a small race so yes there wasn't really a proper marked out start line but I'm sure as the race gets bigger then more funds will be available to address this. The course itself was well marked out with marshals at the key junctions. The route itself is mainly on quiet country lanes with just a couple of slight inclines and a slightly steeper one at 7.5km but nothing to be concerned with. The final 2km is flat with the last 400m pretty much downhill so definitely PB potential.
Well done to the organisers as the route is fantastic and hopefully there will be a bigger field next year as this race deserves support. Date of review: March 17, 2013
In short: Enjoyable run. A clock at the finish line would have been good! In full: An interesting route along quiet lanes. Good organisation at the HQ but a more obvious start line would have been helpful. The marshalls were encouraging along the route. A clock at the finish line is a must, as not everyone wears watches when they run! Date of review: March 17, 2013