In short: A very special and humble event deserving of a visit In full: This was my third time at the Darent Valley 10k and it's a great little run through country lanes and little villages with very respectable crowd support for the size of the event. There are a couple of hills to contend with so not the quickest of courses but it's the atmosphere of this race that makes it so special.
Well done to the organisers and volunteers. Putting in extra effort to protect runners from the potholes at the start really showed you guys care about putting on a good run. Date of review: April 7, 2014
In short: Lovely race through the Kent countryside In full: I've run this many times and although its really tough, it really is a favourite of mine. Thanks Swanley for a well organised race. I can't fault it. Date of review: April 6, 2014
In short: Lovely run In full: Second time doing this race, disappointed with my time last year so wanted to get it right this year and my partner and I beat last years time by 8 mins and got a PB not sure how that happened as quite a tough course. All I could remember was the hill at 7k so was all geared up for saving myself for that but unfortunately forgot all the other hills before that! But lovely scenic course bit of an all rounder some of road stuff to which is always fun especially as it was very slippery this year.Well organised and fantastic medal definitely 100% better than last year. Getting out of the field was great fun too, it took longer to get out of the field than to run the race. But everyone helped and it just shows that running these kind of events brings everyone together when needed, even had super heroes coming to help! Date of review: April 23, 2013
In short: Nice time In full: Nice race around the valley- good medals with a banana at the end - good atmosphere - car park was a nightmare with the mud but everyone helped each other - Date of review: April 22, 2013
In short: Beautiful, fun & challenging In full: My first ever "competitive" 10k and what a beautiful way to start. Great first 5k, then a mite more challenging through to 7.5k with a slippery off road section followed by a short, sharp hill to climb back to the other side of the valley. Thoroughly excellent organisation and great team spirit helping everyone get out of the parking field afterwards. Thanks to SDAC for a great event and a superb medal to remind me of the day! Hope to be back next year... Date of review: April 16, 2013
In short: Fantastic! In full: A firm favourite of mine. Just to echo, the scenery is glorious, love the early start, gives you the rest of the day, I always forget the hard sections, nice to see the locals out to cheer us on, top drawer medal, well organised and a warm down of, "push the car out of the field" with most of us helping each other, showing that runners have great spirit and sense of humour! Date of review: April 15, 2013
In short: A beautiful if a little testing race Well organised and great fun In full: Organisation was friendly and efficient the HQ was adequate but the race itself is one of the nicest I've done. The Darent Valley is a lovely part of Kent and running through, into and with difficulty out of the valley under the viaduct and past the Eagle sanctuary is wonderful. The second hill adds spice and then it's all downhill and arms out to the finish. The farmer's field for parking did cut up quite quickly but the teamwork and kindness of all the runners and clubs ensured everyone got out reasonably unscathed while the sun shone. Date of review: April 15, 2013