In short: First time in Sevenoaks In full: Had heard about Knole Park but had never ventured out until now. What a lovely location to hold a race. It was very slippery due to all the snow and rain, so that made conditions difficult for a very quick run, and you had to be careful. The hill at 2k and 7k was steep-ish but short, so no complaints at all about that. Lovely gradual descent along the 'back straight' as it were before turning to descend for the second lap/finish. Nice medal and drinks and bananas at the finish. Well done Rotary for all their efforts and to everyone involved in the organisation. Many thanks to Lord Sackville for his kind permission to use his estate, a beautiful scenic location. Looking forward to the Sevenoaks 7 in September already! Date of review: April 9, 2013
In short: An enjoyable slippery-slidey mudfest! In full: Despite the tricky conditions, wind, rain and a steep hill or two I had a great time. Lovely setting for a race and although I spent most of it slipping and sliding about it was very rewarding. Good to be able to use the changing rooms and showers in the leisure centre without charge and thanks to the nice ladies in the baggage room and a mention also to the chip removers having to deal with all those muddy feet! Date of review: March 18, 2013
In short: Now, that was a challenge! In full: It's the 4th time I've run, jogged, slipped and slided at this event, and even though it's local, I must say it's always a belter of a race. The same course each time, but the different conditions make it seem like a different event from the last. Never going to be a PB out there in wind and rain, but who cares really, it was fun!!! Big thanks to all the supporters and helpers too. Date of review: March 18, 2013
In short: Really enjoyable race even if a bit tough in the slippery mud In full: Knole Park is a lovely place to run although the gruelling 2.5k hill you have do twice was tough going in the wet conditions. Excellent organisation and friendly volunteers. i chose to run in innov-8 212 talons which I was overall happy with as they were very grippy on the slippery hills. On the downside the lengthy stretch on the path was less positive as they lack the support of normal trail shoes. Date of review: March 17, 2013
In short: Very challenging hilly course when muddy! In full: This was my first ever 10K ... I don't think I'll ever run a harder one to be honest! The first half of the course is brutal on the legs, a steady slope that then builds into a very steep hill which gradually flattens out (glady) for the second half. I managed to do most of the first lap without stopping but the second time around the hill slowed me down a lot. As it'd rained heavily for a few days before the ground was very muddy and slippy which also added to the pain. The relief of getting over that hill the second time around was worth it though and I crawled my way over the finish line in just over an hour.
Everything was ran brilliantly and the rain and mud just made the race that little bit more tough but also fun.
The only real downside was not seeing one deer in the whole time of being in the park, quite unusual!
I'd like to give it another go in the future as it's certainly a different type of course. Date of review: March 17, 2013
In short: wet and muddy In full: Well organised race, shame about the weather. It was very wet which made the course a little bit challenging, but that is what i had expected from a trail race so it was great fun Date of review: March 17, 2013
In short: Fluid event all round. Recommended In full: Well organised, friendly and very charming run in the beautiful Knole Park. For some reason the first 1.5k feels uphill on the legs even though it appears fairly flat to look at, after which you approach a very steep and unneccasary hill that completes the first 2k and is an aggressive challenge. To make matters worse the course is a 2 x 5k loop, so you have to do that whole section again between 5k-7k. After the first loop I was dreading the second as I knew what was coming which I think distracted and worried me a bit, but then again the sense of relief after it's done twice makes the last 3k a breeze!! Not ideal for a PB but I suppose it could be achieved with a little help from the downhill-ish sections that follow the steep parts. Organisers could maybe look at changing the course (if thats possible- I dont know) Overall very enjoyable and will be back next year. Date of review: March 28, 2012
In short: Proper cross country In full: A no frills, does what it says, proper run in a great, scenic, park. One would expect a hill or two and a bit of rough ground. Makes you as happy as a spring lamb running about in the countryside. Nice not to be bombarded with plastic bags full of rubbish that you wouldn't want at the finish. Excellent value for a chip timed event. Thanks to all the marshals and volunteers, it isn't often that an event can be run so well by a non running organisation and thanks to the Sackville family for letting us all run around their garden again. Looking forward to the Eridge 10 and Sevenoaks 7 and will be back next year. Date of review: March 15, 2012