I took part in the Sevenoaks Rotary 10K in 2014, 2015 and 2017, but sadly couldn’t last year because it was too close to the Brighton Marathon.
I like this event – it’s local (easy to get to), scenic and well-organised. The route is two laps around multi-terrain Knole park with a steep hill around 3/7K, which is always a challenge!
Race communications stated that the Sevenoaks Leisure Centre car park was unavailable on race day, so on Sunday 17th March I parked at the Stag Theatre car park and walked five minutes over the road to the Centre, where I picked up my running number with timing chip from the information desk (no queuing!). The cafe and toilets were also open inside, with minimal queuing. There were changing rooms, showers and supervised bag storage available inside the centre, but I didn’t need to use any of them.
The Start line was a short walk around the back of the Leisure centre and into the grounds of picturesque Knole Park – all well sign-posted (and extremely muddy!).
I’d consumed a Beanies coffee, orange juice, banana and porridge, with a Clif Energy Blok and Sports Jelly Beans! There was a water station situated on the course and free water at the finish line, along with bananas.
The weather was mixed and challenging – it started off freezing cold, then we had drizzle and a fair bit of wind; and then the sun shone so brightly that I was squinting. There was a lot of mud and some slippery/hazardous areas – my trainers were caked!
I was wearing a Nike headband, Primark sports bra/vest all-in-one combo, Primark jacket, Adidas Stella Sport leggings, and black 1000 Mile trainer socks with Brooks Ravenna 8 trainers. Overall I was super comfy!
There were no obvious bottle-necks or frustrations, and I enjoyed the event and felt good throughout, with nothing negative to note about any element of the morning. There were deer around the park and one right on the finish line, which I had to run around!
The bespoke medal is the same as the 2017 one but is lovely, with a deer on it. I paid £16 to take part which was a bargain and definitely worth it, and I’d happily pay that price again. I’d also recommend this event to others, and I had a fab morning 🙂
NEXT UP: Paddock Wood Half Marathon, Sunday 7th April 2019.