In short: Poorly organised, plastic medals and multi laps In full: I entered the race in advance using the organiser's, MCC Promotions, website and was charged £15, then to find people were entering on the day only paid £13. Surely people who enter in advance should get a discounted price?
The race consists of 3 laps of a running track, 4 laps of Norman Park and a 300m finish on the track. You have to be very aware of other park users, as there were a few incidents of dogs or children running out in-front of runners.
The organisation of the race was very poor, there were no marshals in car park directing or any signs on the main road to direct people ensuring they are going to the right place.
When we finished the race there was only one person handing out the medals and t-shirts, so we all had to queue for ages and whilst getting cold.
The medal we received is very disappointing, very cheap and it doesn't even mention 'Bromley' on it and there is no date on it either. It was made of plastic and only mentions 'MCC 10k Series'. It must have cost MCC Promotions to buy a job lots of these for all of their races for eternity.
I don't think I will enter another race organised by MCC Promotions in the future. Date of review: January 11, 2015
In short: Lovely course, Nice medal & T-shirt and overall a great race In full: This is the first time I have participated in this race and I was pleasantly surprised how scenic the course is. The route mostly consisted of quiet undulating country lanes.
The whole event was very well organised, with good facilities at the HQ and the marshals were very supportive.
At the finish we received a nice medal, a florescent Technical T-shirt (great for training in the evenings) and a goody bag which included a choclate bar, packet of crisps, Sweatshop Voucher and a sample of SOS. All this for less than the price of most 10k races, what great value.
Well done Sittingbourne Striders, thanks for a great event.
In short: A cocktail of a race - a mixture of everything & Great Medal In full: I did this race for the 1st in 2012 and enjoyed it so much I knew I 100% that I would do this race again.
I would like to praise the marshals and volunteers, the whole event was very well organised. Parking was a breeze with their one way system they had put in place around the lanes of Harvel.
There were plenty of facilities in the village hall and on the village green, including beer tent, ice cream, bbq and not forgetting the interestingly decorated porta-loos and creative men's urinals.
The route is on a mixture of partly roads and partly off-road through Trosley Country Park, which was quite muddy in some places and included one steep incline around 4 miles.
There were two water stations on the course, the option of beer was also available
At the finish we were given a very nice medal that also doubles as a bottle opener, Nice!!! A lot of runners stayed behind afterwards to make full use of the facilities and making the most of the sunshine.
Overall, this is great race for all abilities with a great atmosphere and topped off with an impressive medal, all for a reasonably low entry fee.
In short: Very well organised, Great Scenery, but not to be taken lightly In full: This is an unusual race which you cannot compare to any other race in distance and the nature of the course and the elevation, which maxes out about 580ft.
I'm luckily enough to live local to this race and have trained on most of the course before the day, however I still found it very challenging.
The whole race was very well organised and there were some many nice touches, such as free tea and cakes to all runners at the finish. I was also very pleased with my T-shirt, medal and goody bag which included a very nice Towel.
My hat goes off to the organizers, it must take a lot of effort to organize a race of this magnitude. There were so many obstacles, styles and a few crossings which were all marshaled incredibly well.
Also having followed the race's facebook page I was kept updated daily leading up to the race about the course conditions, which was very helpful.
If you are up for a challenge this race is for you, but I recommend that you include some hill training beforehand. Date of review: June 24, 2013