Khanivore, I had the race slightly short on my Garmin but others I talked to had it spot on. It happens, Garmins do that, don't do yourself down. It is a challenging enough 10k with the hills as it is. You earned your PB.
Fair enough Dutch Johnny I am, although only recently so still 'non clubby' in my mind!. Actually one other point I forget to say was that after I had finished I was handed my 'goody bag' (bottle of water and two apples - nonetheless appreciated) by the cutest and politest little girl, can only have been 5 or 6. Very sweet and much appreciated.
Agree with Dutch Johnny about some of the issues and the fact that the race went off road for a while. It was tough enough with the wet leaves on the pavements as it was. Nearly got barged over by one particularly robust and careless Croydon Strider at that point as well. First time I have done the race and got a PB in spite of the issues above and would do it again. Little bit too clubby for my liking and thought the MC/Commentator was a little bit of a self obessed clown, albeit he seemed to be treated as a bit of local celebrity. He gave me a spot prize for wearing a 'funny shirt'. It was my running club shirt!
I should clarify a bit more about what I said earlier (sorry at work, had to be brief!). Both Hastings and Tunbridge Wells have what can be considered one big hill, both times about half way and then both have long declines back to the finish line. This I prefer as you can plan accordingly. Tonbridge has from memory a number of (albeit smaller) hills - 5 or 6 maybe, which I found much harder to negotiate than one big one. I struggled badly towards the end. Paddock Wood, as mentioned earlier, is a very flat fast course. My slowest time was Hastings, then Tonbridge, then TW and PW the fastest.