A lovely countryside race starting in Tenterden. This event offers a choice of 5k or 10k distance starting at St. Michael's Primary School. The route uses some of the country lanes around the area before returning to the school for the finish. There are also some kids fun races for the youngsters. Facilities at venue:
Toilets facilities. Free car parking nearby on residential streets. Refreshments available. 10k Entry fee:
Advanced entries: £16 affiliated club members, £18 unaffiliated
On-the-day (subject to space): £20 5k Entry fee:
Advanced entries: £12 affiliated club members, £14 unaffiliated
On-the-day (subject to space): £15 ADVANCED ENTRIES CLOSE SATURDAY 10TH JUNE 2017 AT 10AM. PLEASE NOTE ON-THE-DAY ENTRIES CLOSE AT 9:15AM TO ALLOW THE RACE TO START ON TIME. Arrivals after this time may not be eligible to race. Thank you for your understanding. On-the-day entries are subject to space. Under UK Athletics rules the minimum age for the 10km race is 15 years on the day and the minimum age for the 5k is 13 years on the day.
I signed up online with ease and you can view full race instructions from the website.
I read the instructions the night before and noted that there were two different parking locations listed that were quite far from St Michaels School where the race registration was. We drove to both locations and they were both quite far considering we had two young children in tow. We ended up parking in a side road not far from st Michaels School.
Upon arrival at the school on race day I was guided to the main hall for registration and bib/chip collection. I was about 50 minutes before race start time and I was expecting a big queue but was pleasantly surprised when there was no queue and I was handed bib/chip straightaway - done.
In the school ground there was a small fete type thinking going on. It’s a smallish primary school so not massive grounds but they had some PTA type stalls and the kids were kept busy on the tombolla, lucky dip and bouncy castle etc.
Before the 5 and 10k started they did a children’s 1k race (7 laps of School field). I thought this was a great idea, £3 per child and entry on day only and they all got a medal.
It was a short walk to start line which was on a residential road. The 5 and 10k started at the same time. The route was fairly quiet residential roads and then country lanes 5k ran out 2.5k then turned and returned to the finish I believe. 10k we carried on past the 5k turn point to a water only station (bottles) at the 5k halfway point, ran a loop around the vineyard and headed back the way we came. The course was pretty hilly and was a humid day so probably not a PB course (not for me anyway
Posted on 11.06.18