On Sunday 13th September Tunbridge Wells Harriers hosted the Eridge Park 10 Trail Challenge, one of the most popular cross-country races in the race calendar. The Eridge 10 is a privileged and unique chance to run on a traffic-free course over private land through an historic deer park and ancient woodland. With stunning views, the run takes in the country estate’s former carriageways, three beautiful lakes, a Saxon hill fort topped with a Victorian folly and a number of natural springs. This year’s conditions were very good with low temperatures and mostly firm underfoot, making for some impressive finishing times. There were still a number of bogs to keep the mud lovers happy. After slogging around the 10 mile course, finishers were greeted with complimentary cake, beer and t-shirt. This year’s event went high-tec with the race captured from a drone camera. Check out the footage on YouTube! 361 runners completed the course including 28 Tunbridge Wells Harriers with Andy Howey winning the M50 category in 1:09:46 and Mark Gamage the M40 category in 1:12:30. Well done to race director Dave Hadaway and all the other volunteers who made this special event such a success.
The winners category results were as follows: SM, Ben Cole, Tonbridge AC, 1:03:26; M40, Mark Gamage, Tunbridge Wells Harriers, 1:12:30; M50, Andy Howey, Tunbridge Wells Harriers, 1:09:46; M60 Bryan Tapsell, Crowborough Runners, 1:24:46; SF Lucy Reid, Tonbridge AC, 1:11:33; F35, Emma Crawford, Petts Wood Runners, 1:21:18; F45, Tina Oldershaw, Paddock Wood Runners, 1:18:47; F55 Peri Cheal, Crowborough Runners, 1:34:58. The male team prize was won by Tonbridge AC (Ben Cole, Daniel Watt, Greg Cole) and the female team prize was won by Petts Wood Runners (Emma Crawford, Emma Doyle, Hannah Roberts).