The toughest 10k in Kent?

Yesterday morning myself and 414 other brave souls took to the roads and woods around Orpington to run the Orpington 10k. I ran this race last year and posted a rather poor 52:50, so I was hoping for a much improved time, unfortunately I forgot how tough the course was...

...not only did runners have to contend with the usual obstacles, other runners, thigh high stinging nettles, low hanging branches, tree roots and numerous gates and stiles but there were also a number of bizzare man made obstacles including, members of the public trying to take runners out, children collecting footballs from the route, children sledging your haircut (harsh when you have just run 9k) and the police (to be fair the last did a good job)...so I was disappointed but not too disappointed to post a time of 49:06 and end up 128th out of the total field.

My next race is the JP Morgan Chase Challenge on the 9th of July, followed by tbe Cliffe Woods 10k on the 13th of July.