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.