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BBB10K - race report

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Sunday 1st September was the date for the bbb10k (Battel bonfire boyes) set around the lovely Sussex town of Battle in 1066 country.

Arriving earlier for the start then ever before, namely as there was a kids run before hand and my girls were keen to be registered. Often the kids race takes place during the main event so it was lovely to watch them.

Soon after we were lining up. Set off by a starting pistol which frightened most of the unsuspecting crowd.

The route takes you up and down the high street, past the abbey and down powdermill lane. The road here had been recently tarmaced- the cheap stuff that left gravel and a 20 mph/h zone for a few weeks. This meant the you were okay if you ran in the tire tracks, but treacherous if you veered over. In fact a guy did so just in front of me. I helped him up, he was quite grazed, but determined to carry on. Luckily he was near the first water stop so was able to rinse the grazes and get some attention.

As for the water stops, they were advertised as 3k, 7k and at the finish. For the first stop my strava said 3k - no stop. My strava said 4k - no stop. 3km marker. Another 500m and the water stop appeared. I spent the rest of the race wondering if my phone was out, or the markers. I steeled myself for an extra km at the end.

The route itself takes a lovely loop around to lanes around Battle, with a couple of quite challenging hills. It is a nice friendly event.

Needless to say the markers were out which is a shame as it would've been better had they not bothered. But it was a nice run nonetheless.

If you fancy a pleasant but challenging 10k in lovely countryside I would recommend.

Still waiting for my official results though.

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Lovely report, enjoyed reading it.The Brillant and the frustrating.You coped well with the surprises, that would have destroyed me.Perhaps not, knowing me I would probably had a ruck sack on my back.πŸ‘ŠπŸ€£πŸ€£

BTW, well done on your 4:21 1km split on SSC.πŸŒŸπŸ‘πŸ‘

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in reply to Tbae

Thank you. I think you get stronger at each event you do as you learn so much more. Fortunately it didn't mean another km, but I was prepared at least.

Irishprincess
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What a fab bit of bling! Very unusual, I love it. Sounds a lovely race, well done!

We visited Battle for the first time last year and did the tourist track which I loved. The area has great scenery so I’m sure your route was very pretty.

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in reply to Irishprincess

Thanks Princess. It certainly is a lovely part of the world.

pianoteacher
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I did hear about the problem with the km markers, the lack of finish line and clock as it's a race in our club championship. It seems Nice Work were only responsible for the chip timings and everything else was done by the Bonfire Society this year hence the problems. Hopefully it will be sorted for next year as it sounds like a lovely race. Very well done to you and your daughters - lovely that you were able to watch them 😁

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in reply to pianoteacher

Yes a bit of a shame, but that is the payoff for smaller, local events I guess. The girls were up against some very serious little runners. It was great to see them all so keen though.

pianoteacher
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in reply to Whatsapp

I don't think the organisation is usually as bad as it was this year. My friend reviewed the race on his blog and Nice Work contacted him very quickly to point out that they weren't responsible for anything other than timing this year. I think they're hoping to get back the race management next year - their races are usually very well organised so fingers crossed.

There are some very fast young runners out there - our fastest junior has a 5k best of 17:56 and he's only just 11!

I love watching all the kids run. It comes so naturally to them - most of them have form I would kill for no matter whether they're fast or not x

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in reply to pianoteacher

I didn't think it was that bad. I've certainly been to worse. It felt like a good atmosphere at the event. Just a few minor niggles. The worst imo being the markers. Fortunately I had my phone but if you were relying on them it would've been terrible.

pianoteacher
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in reply to Whatsapp

I think I've probably been lucky with all the races I've done - no bad experiences so far. They had a problem with the results at the King's Head Canter this year as they were using a new system but it was all sorted by the evening and I knew my time from my watch anyway.

I'm definitely going to do this one next year as I do like a good atmosphere and the reports about that have all been great x

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in reply to pianoteacher

The organisation is sometimes hit and miss at these things, but as long as I enjoy the run I don't mind too much. A bad course however...

misswobble
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Sounds fab πŸ˜ƒ

Well done. Love the πŸ… Sounds an interesting, picturesque route

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in reply to misswobble

Very nice. With a couple of cheeky hills, which I surprised myself because I enjoyed them.

misswobble
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in reply to Whatsapp

What comes up must come down and it’s always a relief to be able to gather some speed on the descent. Wheeeeeeeeeeeeeeee 😁

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in reply to misswobble

Haha, where you can run like you did when you were a child. Great fun.

misswobble
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in reply to Whatsapp

I love it! Chuck yourself down the thing with complete freedom. Hopefully you don't trip up

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in reply to misswobble

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Sandraj39
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So annoying when the markers are out but well done on your 10k - sounds like a good one!πŸ™‚

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in reply to Sandraj39

Thanks Sandra. It gave us something to talk about on the run at least πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

FlickM3
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What a fab race report. Well done!

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in reply to FlickM3

Thanks Flick. My first event since May. GSR next month though.

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in reply to Whatsapp

Can’t wait for your race report on that!

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in reply to FlickM3

Theres a fair few on this forum doing it, so you might be inundated for that one 🀣🀣

FlickM3
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in reply to Whatsapp

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Dexy5
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in reply to FlickM3

Me πŸ‘‹

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in reply to Whatsapp

Hopefully you will find the GSR is well organised WhatsApp. It always looks so from the sidelines. I’m doing it this year too for the first time, along with a few others on here.

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in reply to Dexy5

Excellent. I will be running with my brother-in-law. I have had my eye on this one for a while.

Decker
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Well done! Sounds like a really nice event despite the organizational issues.

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in reply to Decker

Thanks Decker. It was a really nice atmosphere. So if they sort the organisation out, it will be a great event.

roseabi
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Well done - sounds like a bit of a trial! xxx

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in reply to roseabi

I love a challenge Abi x

MutleyShuffle
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Well done WhatsApp, sounds like a lovely run despite a few annoyances! I had hoped this would be my first 10k this year since the HM in March but my hip/heel had other ideas. Maybe see you there next year!

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in reply to MutleyShuffle

Thanks. Yes, sorry to hear about you injury woes. It must be so frustrating. The issues were a shame, but the run was still fun.

Sounds lovely Whatsapp...and I love your bling! I’ve yet to enter a 10k that’s not virtual...but I’m not confident enough yet...well done to you x

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in reply to Mummycav

Thank you. I'm sure you would do great whenever you decide you are ready to run one x

aliboo70
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Well done that sounds great πŸ˜ŠπŸƒπŸƒπŸƒπŸƒπŸ‘x

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in reply to aliboo70

Thank you 😁

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