The course has been officially designated as undulating…’
This was an ominous sign when reading information about the 13th Weald St George’s 10K I did on Sunday.
It was just myself and Mark Taylor out of a field of 363 runners as TWH representatives on a bright and sunny Sunday in Weald village, just outside Sevenoaks.
I really like the friendly and community element of this run, not least because I got married in this village and my parents in law live there too. It’s so good to see so many people out en masse playing a vibrant part in their community, and if it can involve supporting the organisation of putting on a run, even better!
The village green is where the action began and ended. The event started with people jogging, picking up coffee, grabbing a paper from the community village shop, joining in with some songs with the village church, and then heading along to the lively pre-race warm up/dance routine! Many of us went on to get warmer as the temperature rose to kick off an Indian Summer!
The course as mentioned above was undulating, and took in the delightful sights of parts of the Weald of Kent – it is really beautiful, until the killer hill at the end, which those of you who have done it will remember well. If not, give it a go next year, it’s certainly a good challenge.
The first male was Ed Bovingdon from Istead and Ifield Harriers in 35:04 whilst the first lady was Maria Heslop from Tonbridge AC in 38:35.
I came in 30th position with a chip time of 42:49, whilst Mark came in 55th postion with 45:38.
A race I would highly recommend; it is the second year I have done it and I’ll certainly be back again next year. Mark tells me that it used to be a popular race with the TW Harriers in years gone by. It’d be great to get a good group together next year!
More details can be found at: https://www.nice-work.org.uk/races/the-weald-10k/2018