Bewl 15

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03/07/2011 at 19:12

Cor blimey that was tough! 

I was doing well; bang on track for my 2:40 target until mile 9. Then everything went to rats and I ended up doing an embarrasing 3:00:24.  I couldn't even summon up the little bit extra to get in under the 3 hours.  I can't remember that I've ever walked in a race before, but I certainly did today.  I blame that new grandson

Of course, as always, it helped having my wife popping up everywhere shouting her encouragement.  But even that didn't keep me running. 

The cakes... referring to one of my first posts on this thread.  They were good, no getting away from that.  But on today's sampling, Bexhill Runners are just pipping the post.  (Though perhaps, by the time I got in, you lot had scoffed the best ones!  Even the Brass Band had cleared off by the time I got in!)

Yep, I reckon that was the toughest race I've run.   But my, am I looking forward to next year! 

Very well done Wadhurst.  That was one great race, and one brilliant medal.  Thank you for topping off a great week for me. 

Edited: 03/07/2011 at 20:54
03/07/2011 at 21:42
Sincere thanks to Albert and everyone else involved- that was an exceptional race and one of the very best I've ever entered.

I finished in 2'02"- just outside my target of under 2 hours. I was "bang on" target up to 10 miles, but those last few miles were really tough !

It didn't matter, as the whole race experience was first-class. Superb organisation, great marshalling and support all the way round and simply the best and most comprehensive refreshment stations I've ever seen.

The brass band and the cakes at the end were really appreciated and just added to a first class all-round race experience. Ditto the medal and goody-bag.

"10 out of 10" for all concerned.

05/07/2011 at 09:37


Have to echo everyone's comments and  say what a great, friendly and well organised race and certainly as tough as had been reported. Managed to get in around 2.21 and very pleased with that.

Congratulations to everyone and especially to the new grandad!

07/07/2011 at 19:44
did race in 2 hrs 9 , my first time did race and thoroughly enjoyed it , the organisation was superb during race with so many water / lucozade/ jelly bean and sponge stops to get ya through , when is next years enrolment cos deffo do next year
07/07/2011 at 21:32
You'll prolly get an email early April for next year. You'll also prolly get tons of emails you don't want but you might be interested in other local races.
07/07/2011 at 22:26
Speaking of local races, are you all booked into the brand new Tonbridge Half in September? 
08/07/2011 at 15:44


I've run the Tonbridge Half course a couple of times now and I would describe it as undulating. There are appoximately 13 'hills' or rises, roughly one a mile although nothing too dramatic (an earlier proposed route included coming up Rogue's hill out of Penshurst towards Bidborough, which was challenging towards the end of a Half!).

 I would recommend a recce, but even on a Sunday the road is a bit busy at times so take care.

It should be a great race and I'm hoping for a PB as it is in my backyard.

I have managed 3 PBs out of my last 4 races building up to this (Sevenoaks 7, Harvel 5, and Weald 10), but just missed out on  4th at Bewl last Sunday - I was 15 mins faster than last year, but missed my PB by 2 minutes (2:16). Brilliant day though.

See you on September 25th!

08/07/2011 at 16:34
Nah - I'm running New Forest on that day. too many races on Sept 25 and a few friends wanted to run NF - unfortunately they seem to be dropping like flies at the moment.
08/07/2011 at 16:56

Yes, I know what you mean, September is always a busy month for local races here in west Kent after something of a drought during August.

We usually run the Weald St George's 10K on the first weekend (Weald village is between Tonbridge and Sevenoaks) a hilly road race, then it's the Eridge 10 (near Tunbridge Wells), a tough, but rewarding trail race, Tunbridge Wells 10K (more hills) after that and now this inaugral Half in Tonbridge.

I was thinking of doing the Hever Tri on the 25th, but fancied this one more.

08/07/2011 at 18:33

I am doing the Folkstone half on September 25th, but I have got the South Coast Run half at Seaford in August and I am toying with idea of doing a nice little 5k in Bexhill at the end of the month as its so local to me. 

Have great races everyone

08/07/2011 at 21:48
Eridge is on my list of must do races.
09/07/2011 at 07:53
Edridge, is that the 10k trail in Tunbridge Wells later on in the year?  I was looking at it but I think I have a race very close to it. So many races, so little time ....
09/07/2011 at 09:11

Its a pain that there are so many good races in September.  Bexhill 10k is another and one of my favourites. It was a regular fixture until the Tonbridge Half was arranged on the same Sunday, and now I have a problem! I'll do Tonbridge this year because my whole family are running, but what will I do next year?  It would have been good if Tonbridge could have been fixed in one of the quieter months.

09/07/2011 at 14:36

Hi Grandadnohair, 

About 2 years ago the either the Rotary Club or the Tonbridge Lions (I can't remember which) said that they were organising a Half, which was to be a single loop that took in Penshurst (and Rogue's Hill) and Chiddingstone that I mentioned in an earlier post. That race was going to be in the lead up to London in March, but it was never finalised - my understanding was that the other group was also planning a Half, but the Police were reluctant to give the green light to both, so they eventually got together and the September date was the compromise.

I like Bexhill too. I've done the Poppy Half in November a couple of times. Quite unusal this one as it is formed of 4 laps along the seafront. Can get quite interesting is the wind is up! Rocket propelled one way, running on the spot the other..

Whether the Tonbridge Half becomes a regular feature or not will I suppose depend on the success of this first outing. I saw on another thread that in June they had just over 500 signed up with a 1,000 limit, so it seems to be going well. I know the Tonbridge Lions organise a sprint distance triathlon in Tonbridge in May and have done so for a number of years, so they seem to have the organisational skills. Time will tell.

Sharon and Biker Mouse,

The Eridge 10 is a 10 mile cross country course held in a private deer park (similar in appearance to Knole Park in Sevenoaks, but not generally open to the public), so it is a special event just for the rare access. It can get a bit muddy in places if its been raining, but generally this just adds to the fun. It has got some challenging hills, there is a set of steps cut into the side of the hill at mile 8, which I've not been able to get up without walking yet! It's mostly wooded trail with some open grassland stretches, a couple of lakes and a timberyard - some nice views to take in along the way. One of the nicer touches is a beer tent at the finish which is free for runners.Worth giving it go sometime.

09/07/2011 at 21:45
Edrige sounds lovely, I don't think it was the race I was thinking of but it sounds like a lovely day out.
10/07/2011 at 18:55

Hi Powder Hedgehog

There are already over 600 entries against a full field of 1,000, which strikes me as pretty good for an inaugural event.  But I wonder if anybody actually sat down and looked at the local (ie within 50 miles) race calendar?  If they did I'm sure they wouldn't have picked September!  Ah well.  As I said a while back on the Tonbridge Half thread you refer to, its a pity the race won't start and finish in Tonbridge Castle like a 100mile cycle event did a couple of months ago. Maybe once they've got it established they'll reconsider, and I will keep asking.  As I said at the time, it has the potential for a dramatic finish like Reading in the Madejski stadium.  It would certainly be more interesting than finishing in the middle of an anonymous road out of town.

Much though I love Bexhill, running on Bexhill seafront, and the folk from Bexhill Runners (with their fantastic cakes!), I did the Poppy Half for the first and last time last year.  It wasn't the torrential rain but the interminal boredom of running 4 laps that convinced me never to run it again!  I wasn't the only runner to get confused, and a couple of time my wife (the World's Greatest Supporter) had to ask me what lap I was on!

My, I'm sounding like a moany old grandad!

On a different note, does anybody know where/when the Bewl 15 results are/will be posted? I can't find them anywhere.

10/07/2011 at 18:59

Should take you straight to the results.

10/07/2011 at 19:24

Yowee!  Thanks Biker Mouse.  I knew I was slow but that is my worst result so far - 94% down the field - only 37 people behind me  I was almost right when I crossed the line and said I though I was the last one!!!   But then I maintained my consistency of taking almost exactly twice the time of the person who came in first, so that's something I guess!

But what a great day!  Roll on next year! 

10/07/2011 at 23:01
Well at least you can wear your medal with pride.
11/07/2011 at 08:24

Thanks   And don't I just - every time!  The pride and the medal are the main reasons I do it; certainly not my speed!

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