Rye 10 Miler
Review by Simon Linklater
#@&$ Off!! Seriously??
That was my reaction as I turned the corner to face yet another incline. For this is a tough race. The setting is beautiful. You start in the village of Peasmarsh with plenty of parking available at the Race HQ which is the Jempsons supermarket, closed on Sundays it seems (in this day and age?).
The race heads away from the village around the country lanes. Peaceful, idyllic, relaxing but bloody hilly. There is part of the course where you run among tall pines, at least I think they are pines, my tree knowledge is about the level of my 4 year old niece. Either way the cool shade they provide are welcome in a race run in the early summer.
Passing the entrance to Paul McCartney’s house offers a brief distraction, although his house is probably miles from the gate, so don’t wet your pants in excitement.. It’s certainly more enjoyable the first time around as you are heading down the hill at that point. The same one you have to climb back up at 8 miles.
“A tough hilly course but a beautiful setting and worth the effort”
But once you reach the summit, the final mile stretch is down hill and the site of the Supermarket lamp posts are one which have helped me find another gear and storm to a decent finish. This year that strong finish was good enough for me to break 1 hour and 30 minutes. My best time in this race, albeit only my 2nd appearance.
With the Rye 10 now part of the Sussex Grand Prix the race attracted over 200 runners with strong representation from local clubs like Hastings, Wadhurst, Ashford, Halisham and even Brighton Phoenix. I always find this adds to the atmosphere of a race, especially around the finish line.
Nice Work are responsible for the organisation and I can’t fault them. The course is well signposted with plenty of marshalls to guide you towards the next sodding steep slope. There were several water stations on hand and plenty of prizes on offer, although it seemed one club left with enough bottles of wine to see them drunk until next years race.
I enjoyed this race. It made a nice change from the busy Half Marathons along main roads and whilst it was a tough test it’s good to take on these challenges from time to time. I don’t think it was any coincidence a few weeks later I beat my 10k PB around a flat Worthing course. Plus you get a nice medal too.