• Cost: £14

  • Terrain: Road

  • Course Map: Strava

  • Entries: 325

  • 2019 Results: CLICK HERE

  • Start/Finish: TN33 0AD

Atmosphere 90%
Route 80%
Value 65%
Organisation 45%
PB Potential 35%

Battle 10K (BBB10K)

Review by Simon Linklater

Posted Monday 2nd September 2019

There is something about the atmosphere at the Battle 10K that makes it a special race for me. Gathering outside the Abbey on a warm summer’s morning, chatting to friends and seeing familiar faces. I guess that plays a big part in the buzz that is generated. The fun of the warm up led by Chris Hawkes from Born Ready Fitness who had us stretching, bending, pointing, twisting and smiling, only adds to the occasion.

The course itself is quite a tough one.  There are hills, about 2km in you have a tough climb from the bottom of Powdermill Lane. Then at 5km (or was it 4km, I’m still confused) you begin the long gradual ascent up the North Trade Road. But once you reach the top it’s a nice finish. 3km of flat with a few downhill bits thrown in, allow for a strong finish.

The highlight is finishing back in the high street with the crowds gathered on the pavement cheering you on. As for my own time I was relatively pleased, 56:30, over 5 minutes quicker than my previous attempt at Battle. Well off my 10K PB, but I have a lot of miles in my legs and the hills have to be factored in (unless your name is Super Susan Rae). 

I was slightly disappointed at first. But I then thought to myself, am I asking the right question. We shouldn’t be asking “Am I happy with my time?”. All that is important is “Did I enjoy it?”. If the answer is yes, then the time is irrelevant, because running is our hobby, we do it for fun. Always remember that.

From an organisational point of view the race was slightly disappointing. The marshalls were great. Well positioned, very vocal and I always appreciate the time they give up. But where was the finish line banner? Was there even a race clock at the finish line? I didn’t see it. Did the guy who put the KM signs out get pissed the night before? The 4km sign was at 5km and every other sign after that was misplaced. DOH!!!

And what about the medals? This is a big race in the diary. What were they thinking when they ordered those medals? “They’ll do” or “runners don’t care about medals”. We do and the medals were shit!! One of those that will end up in the boot of my car or tucked away in a draw somewhere, rather than pride of place on my shelf. Stick a couple of quid on the entry fee if needed, but give us a decent medal please, we deserve it!

All in all it was a good morning and I will be back, hopefully next year with a few improvements and perhaps a better medal.

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