Tunbridge Wells Harriers

Eridge Park 10 Trail Challenge

Eridge 10 2017 A

10:30am Sunday 10th September 2017

£17 EA affiliated / £19 non-affiliated

Eridge Park, Eridge Green, near Tunbridge Wells,  Kent TN3 9JT

Tunbridge Wells Harriers are delighted that the Eridge Park 10 Trail Challenge returns again in 2017. The event has regularly been voted in the top races in the UK.
The race is reported as “always a favourite of off road veterans, a few tweaks to the route this year have seen this race rocket to the top of the charts. The route is traffic-free, the views are varied but uniformly captivating, and runners can’t get enough of the steep, narrow climbs and copious quantities of mud.”

This event gives the unique opportunity to run through the estate which is mostly private.

Prizes will be awarded to the first three finishers, male and female; first veteran male in M40, M50, M60 and M70; first veteran female in F35, F45, F55; plus prizes for the first three male and female teams.

Here’s what some of the runners who have taken part in the event before have said:

“This is what Sunday mornings were made for. Excellent race in every department.”

“Unmissable, a great experience in every respect.”

“Great muddy fun, tie your laces tight and enjoy.”

“My new favourite race !”

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This 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, your run will take in country estate former carriageways, three beautiful lakes, a Saxon hill fort  topped with a Victorian folly and a number if natural springs. The hilly 10 mile (approximately!) one lap course is on tracks, grass and woodland trails — normally delightfully muddy in places – and some sections are steep, rutted and narrow.

To find out more, use our contact form (button below) to send us a message or call the Race Director on (07729)317532.

About the Race 

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Eridge-10-RWTunbridge Wells Harriers are delighted that the Eridge Park 10 Trail Challenge has come 1st in the Runner’s World UK’s Best 50 Races of 2009 listing, as announced in the February 2010 issue of the magazine. The event also came away from the 2010 Runner’s World Personal Best Awards with the ‘Most Improved Event’ trophy.

The race is reported as “always a favourite of off-road veterans, a few tweaks to the route this year have seen this race rocket to the top of the charts. The route is traffic-free, the views are varied but uniformly captivating, and runners can’t get enough of the steep, narrow climbs and copious quantities of mud.”

Here’s what some of the runners who have taken part in the event before have said on the Runner’s World website:

“This is what Sunday mornings were made for. Excellent race in every department.”

“Unmissable, a great experience in every respect.”

“Great muddy fun. Tie your laces tight and enjoy.”

“My new favourite race!”

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The Course 

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The course, our toughest, remains the same as last year – the New Gully leads the descent to the biggest of the three lakes; the beautiful second lake sits serenely at the foot of the first long climb which leads you to the infamous Cheeky’s Bog; rewarded soon after by Water Station 1 and the restorative freewheeling down Heavenly Hill; open grassland takes you straight into the Lost Wood (with stream crossing) to emerge at the base of the climb to the stunning location of Coronation Clump via the back-bending access to Watership Up!; take another gulp of water here and a deep breath before your descent to the Tomb of the Unknown Harrier and the Leap of Death before the long (and we mean long!) climb to the delightful ‘damsel-in-distress’ tower at Saxonbury 659 (the highest point) and more refreshment; down to the Wood Yard and out into the open once again you pass Bee House en route to Howey’s Hollows for a roller-coaster ride through woodland and maybe the odd ‘damp patch'; now on the perimeter deer-fence you face perhaps the biggest challenge – up Deeply Steep (expletives deleted!); but hey, our final water squad are there at the top for encouragement and jelly babies to send you on your long way down, down the Slippery Slope which continues on to Lake Magical and finally the boundary fence of Eridge Cricket Ground to the finish!

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Results 

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The 2016 winners category results were as follows:

SM Julian RENDALL, Tonbridge AC
M40 Andrew MERCER, Tonbridge AC
M50 Andy HOWEY, Tunbridge Wells Harriers
M60 David THORNBY, Maidstone Harriers
M70 John BROWN, Maidstone Harriers

SW Tina OLDERSHAW, Paddock Wood AC
F35 Tamsin SIMMONDS, Serpentine AC
F45 Tina OLDERSHAW, Paddock Wood AC
F55 Steph MILLER, Hastings Runners
F65 Sylvia HUGGETT, Hastings Runners

The male team prize was won by Tonbridge AC (Julian Rendall, Andrew Mercer, Daniel Watt) and the female team prize was won by Tunbridge Wells Harriers (Jillian Holford, Annabelle Playford, Nathalie Bere).

Year Men’s winner Time Ladies’ winner Time
2016 Julian Rendall 01:04:46 Tina Oldershaw 01:20:08
2015 Ben Cole 01:03:26 Lucy Reid 01:11:33
2014 Julian Rendall 01:03:20 Nicole Taylor 01:15:48
2013 Julian Rendall 01:02:50 Deirdre McDermot 01:10:58
2012 James Baker 01:03:37 Tina Oldershaw 01:15:59
2011 Julian Rendall 01:05:10 Tina Oldershaw 01:15:28
2010 Julian Rendall 01:04:03 Tina Oldershaw 01:14:29
2009 William Levett 01:02:11 Hayley Higham 01:10:56
2008 Nick Barrable 01:02:05 Tina Oldershaw 01:11:43
2007 Nick Barrable 00:59:51 Tina Oldershaw 01:11:21
2006 Andy Howey 01:04:06 Teresa Gaillard de Laubenque 01:18:40
2005 Julian Rendall 01:01:10 Emily Bright 01:13:49
2004 Stuart Mills 01:05:28 Tina Oldershaw 01:19:03
2003 Barry Stephenson 01:02:00 Tina Oldershaw 01:14:09
2002 Andy Howey 01:10:29 Heather Fitzmaurice-Cotton 01:22:20
2001 Anthony Webb 01:01:39 Sarah Rollins 01:15:40
2000 Anthony Webb 01:01:33 Michelle Flaxton 01:13:45
1999 Scott Davidson 01:10:06 Tracey Apps 01:20:03

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Race Day Instructions 

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Tunbridge Wells Harriers are delighted to welcome you to the 18th Eridge Park 10.  The race has always had its dedicated followers, lured by its reputation for scenic, varied and rough terrain.  We must stress that special permission has been granted for this event and that the land over which most of it takes place remains at all other times strictly private.

Race numbers & free race T-shirt

Your race number will be allocated alphabetically by surname for you to collect on the day at HQ along with your T-shirt by 10:15am.  No runner will be permitted to start without a race number.  Additional T-shirts (if available) can be purchased for £10.

How to get there

The postcode for your Satnav is TN3 9JT (OS grid ref 564358) or see the separate map below.

Take the A26 south of Tunbridge Wells approx. 3 miles to Eridge Green (40 mph).  After passing the Nevill Crest & Gun pub, turn left in 150m, opposite the Church.  If approaching from Crowborough /Eridge Station, the entrance is 100m past the bus stop on the right.

Come by train to either Tunbridge Wells Central and taxi to event or to Eridge station where it is a gentle 1.5mile jog on the A26 North to the park.

Course marking

The course is marshalled by our dedicated club members and friends and marked with red hazard tape in the trees, yellow flags and blue arrows on the ground.  Four drinks stations with Jelly Babies  (of the officially approved Haribo variety) and retirement points will be provided, plus first aid and amazing refreshments at the finish.

It is important not to stray from the marked route and to treat livestock, crops and machinery with respect; leave no litter; cause no fire; or make any unnecessary noise.  Enjoy the privilege of using the park, its life and work.

 Race HQ

At race HQ there is ample off-road parking handled with military precision by our expert team.  There a very limited changing facilities but Portaloos will be provided. Our hospitality suite will again be dispensing a complimentary pint of delicious brown rehydration fluid (Larkins Traditional 3.4% abv), squash, fresh fruit and cakeMassages will be available at the start and finish (small charge for 10-15min).

Prizes

Prizes will be awarded to the first three finishers, male and female; first veteran male in M40, M50, M60 and M70; first veteran female in F35, F45, F55; plus prizes for the first three male and female teams.

 Results

We will be providing provisional results in time for the afternoon but if you have to rush off, full results will available here during the week. Copies of previous years’ results are also available on the website.

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