Originally scheduled to take place for the first time in 2020, the Hawkhurst running event will surely prove to be a popular addition to the race calendar.
With two distances – a 10K and 5K – and a kids 1K run on offer, there is something for the whole family.
I love trying out and taking part in new local events, and my sister Jo lives in Hawkhurst, so signing up didn’t take any consideration! Mum and Jo opted to do the 5K event, while I registered for the 10K. I paid just £19.99 (now Unaffiliated), which I thought was very reasonable. Race numbers were posted out in advance, and included race information and frequent event updates by email.
So on Sunday 27th June, we parked at Jo’s house and walked to The Moor, where there was a nice buzzing atmosphere. The kids’ 1K race was underway, and one finished, the race director made a speech and welcomed all 10K and 5K runners. With Coronavirus restrictions remaining in place, this event adopted organiser Nice Work’s Covid-19 race protocols, including an ‘open’ start line, which means that runners could turn up and start running whenever they wanted.
We had arrived ready to run, without any baggage. The start line opened and we all set off at the same time. Both races used an undulating multi-terrain route along the picturesque trails and footpaths surrounding the Hawkhurst village. 10K runners completed two laps of the course, and 5K runners a single loop.
It was beautiful and we ran over fields, on gravel, footpaths, and through orchards and long thigh-high grass. The weather was warm, but not too hot – perfect running conditions.
I was wearing an Adidas vest over a USA Pro sports bra, Nike Pro leggings and headband, and Nike Zoom trainers, with Apple AirPods and a cheap eBay phone-holder on my arm, which also held a Torq energy gel – my favourite! (This came in handy for a little boost around the 7K mark.) I was super comfortable and really enjoyed the run, feeling like I was running well. As it happened, the online results later on told me that I was the 9th female to finish the 10K race!
The finish line was back up on the Moor, which was lined with cheering supporters. It was a really nice vibe! I was handed a lovely bespoke medal and directed towards a table hosting lots of varieties of home-made cakes, and water. Mum and Jo were waiting for me, and also thoroughly enjoyed themselves. We were all really impressed by the value, route and organisation of the event, and definitely hope to make it an annual thing 🙂