RTW runners at Crowborough 5k and 10k – Sunday 25th November 2018

Group leader Joe led a contingent of RTW runners to a local road race in East Sussex this morning on what was a overcast but dry morning. This was a race that Joe has competed in 3 times over the last few years and one which he knew would be a good challenge for regular runners.

Some of the group pre-run (left to right – David, Emily, Paul, Richard, Dom, Gem & Rose):

Competing in the 5k race (which is one lap of the 10k course) were mother and daughter Katia and Emily Bowley, whilst husband/father Charles was taking on what was in fact his first 10k race alongside Dom, Gemma, Rose and Richard. In addition to our RTW runners, there were plenty of familiar faces from local clubs (Tunbridge Wells Harriers, Wadhurst Runners & Crowborough runners) as well as from Royal Tunbridge Wells parkrun.

Charles looking comfortable on his second lap:

Katia was taking on the 5k:

As was her daughter, Emily:

Joe positioned himself, camera in hand, toward the bottom of Crowborough hill where runners make their way through Jarvis Brook before taking a left turn on to Palesgate Lane. This is where the course presents two challenges to runners – firstly a ford and then a long and steady climb back up toward the start/finish which is located at Beacon Academy.

David also competed in the 5k “fun run”:

The concensus was that this was a very tough course, but enjoyable nonetheless!

Rose looking cool, calm and collected having already competed in a 5 mile cross country race the day before:

Richard enjoying the downhill section of the course:

Recent RTW runners recruit and Crowborough Runner, Steve was out on course marshalling:

As ever, Dom posed well for his photograph and gave his usual wave:

Gem was nursing a cold, but still turned out with a very respectable performance:

Some of the group post-run:

More photos from today can be found on our group Flickr page.

Well done to everyone who took part and we look forward to arranging another RTW runners trip to another local race in the New Year – suggestions welcome.

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