In short: Very good event - and the rain held off! In full: Wonderfully undulating, challenging course that allows you to make the most of the downhills once the inclines have been negotiated, and a good downhill to the finish! Many thanks to Martin and Cathy Burke and all their volunteers for making this such a friendly event in the peaceful village of Beckley.
Lovely 10th Anniversary medal and generous provision of free beer, cakes and fruit at the end, most welcome. Will be on the calendar for next year. Date of review: November 3, 2014
In short: Undulating, challenging but good In full: This was my first running of the event, definitely won't be my last. A true undulating yet beautiful course, the undulations, though not that steep, were constant throughout. Only one or two flattish lengths of any note. Wonderful bespoke medal, and as many apples and bananas at the end as you could manage, especially for slowies like me! Certainly a rival race to Tunbridge Wells for sure. Well done to all concerned. Date of review: October 11, 2014
In short: poignant race for very personal reasons In full: Wonderful and deeply personal race for me. Excellent course and organisation, race only let down by the small turnout. Happy with my time, many thanks to Martin and Cathy Burke, and all who helped them to put the race on yet again. Thank you. Date of review: September 8, 2014
In short: My first time for this challenging race. In full: This was certainly a challenging race, consistent dragging hills but nevertheless not insurmountable. It was great to run along quiet country lanes and any traffic encountered was unobtrusive. Lovely medal, and beer and cakes at the end! All kilometre markers in place. Very pleasant, helpful and friendly marshals.
This was a very friendly event despite the challenges of the course. Finished in 1:05:19, so 10.5 minute miling. Very pleased with that, considering I am getting back into running after a long layoff for deeply unhappy personal reasons. Well done to Martin and Cathy Burke and everyone involved (sorry you weren't able to be there, Martin and Cathy). This race will be in the calendar for next year. Date of review: November 3, 2013
In short: Top notch yet again In full: I've done this race five times now, and have never been disappointed. Superb scenery, the town turns out for this fringe event of the annual Arundel Festival. Same challenging hills but it's ever so worth it. Medal and free download of all your race photos, I had 21 in total this year! Well done to Arundel Scouts and everyone else involved in the organisation, give yourselves a cheer. Date of review: October 6, 2013
In short: Lovely yet challenging race! In full: Knole Park is so lovely, no need to worry about traffic, even the deer were unphased! This was my first venture into this race, and the first proper 7-miler too, so got an inaugural PB of 1:19 approx, just over 11 min miling, not bad in view of my 'below-par' level of fitness!
Definitely not for those who want a flat stroll in the park, and you had to be careful on the descent when doing the loop twice, very steep. Wonderful race though, lovely paperweight memento too. I was able to get a shower at the leisure centre afterwards and then lunch in the ever so pretty village of Eynsford. Made it all worthwhile really, very nice! Date of review: October 6, 2013
In short: Love it! In full: Fast and flat as usual, plenty of club runners but not clubby or elitey at all. Knocked 2.5 minutes off last year, so very pleased with that. The medal was just superb, wonderful for a small 5 mile event like this one! Will be back next year definitely. Well done Hastings Runners, marshals, drinks stations helpers and for everyone else who helped with the race organisation. Thank you all. Date of review: May 17, 2013
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: Lovely half marathon In full: The weather turned out just perfect for this race, so welcome after the Siberian conditions we've all had to endure so far. And there was me in my red running tights! Lol. Got some encouraging and witty comments about those! A real PB potential half marathon, and the only really significant incline was between miles 1 and 2, and even that wasn't at all arduous really. One other very short one around mile 7 but that was to cross over a railway bridge.
Many thanks to Paddock Wood AC for all their efforts, to the marshals and everyone else involved. Good accurate mile markers, welcome drinks and wet sponge stations (plus the guy in the stocks!), very lovely medal too. Good local crowd support along the way. Nice to have a goody bag, very welcome. Would have loved to have got a PB and was on course until mile 10 when my energy levels dropped, but with more training a PB is definitely on the cards.
Well done all, see you next year. Date of review: April 9, 2013
In short: The 'Hilly Hastings Half' strikes again! In full: This was my eighth participation in a row. Why? Because it is such a magnificent race, and a better half marathon is hard to find, in my view. The organisation was superb as always, so once again a great many thanks to Hastings Lions Club. They will need more support next year as Hastings Borough Council and Spar will no longer be able to give full support, for reasons best known to them.
Many thanks to the marshals, police, drinks station volunteers and everyone who had to stand there in the bitterly cold weather, so unusual for this time of year. I loved the Grey Owl horse brass, a wonderful memento. Next year is the 30th Anniversary of this wonderful race, so yours truly will be back, make no mistake. Wonderful crowd support along the way too, I nearly cried when I saw those dear physically handicapped patients from Mary House along the Ridge, watching the race go by and enjoying it as far as they could do so. Bless them. Thank you all, and once again to Hastings Lions Club for all their efforts year on year. Long may it continue. Date of review: March 28, 2013