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Sunday 8th September – Eridge Park 10 Mile Trail Challenge


Report from OAC’s Ben Cousen:

On Sunday I opened the silk lined box containing my ‘black and white’ OAC vest for the first time in about ten months, the occasion being the fifteenth Eridge Park 10 Mile Trail Challenge near Tunbridge Wells.

Apart from the fact I have been getting low on t-shirts lately, the main attraction of this race for me was the fact that it features in a book I own of the 500 ‘ultimate running races in the world’, edited by Angela Mudge and has consistently been voted one of the ‘best’ races in Britain in various publications.

The scenery was fantastic, the organisation superb, the terrain unrelenting, the t-shirt almost wearable in public. Only one person in the history of the event has ducked under the hour, which gives an indication of the toughness of the course. After setting off at an optimistic pace, a certain lack of preparation, racing and training made the event an enjoyable nightmare for me but I was kind of pleased to finish in 74th position in a time of 85.53.

It was won by Julian Rendall (Tonbridge A.C.) in 62.50 and the first lady in eleventh position overall was Deirdre McDermot (Tonbridge A.C.) in 70.58. It was good to race again and maybe the kick needed to get back into some regular runnning. My OAC vest caught the attention of the race organiser, a former Menston resident and we spent a good few minutes discussing and reminiscing about routes on the Chevin.

Another tick in the book, leaving just 492 races to go…

Results from Tunbridge Wells Harriers.

Photos courtesy of Darren Whittaker here and the photo of Ben here.

  1. #1 by Tamara on September 9, 2013 - 10:43 pm

    Wow, being down south affects people’s running more than Lancashire does.

  2. #2 by matt on September 10, 2013 - 7:05 am

    Ben Lives, and still races! good news

  3. #3 by Matt on September 10, 2013 - 10:54 am

    Great stuff mate.

  4. #4 by Richard Smith on September 10, 2013 - 12:14 pm

    Well done mate, great to hear from you.

  5. #5 by neil charlton on September 11, 2013 - 1:07 pm

    Hey Ben. What are you doing down there?

    Don’t you know Otley is the place to be ?

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