Ashtead 10K

New course should be quicker (& better)

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01/07/2009 at 16:14
The Ashtead 10k and 2k fun run 2009 will take place on 20 September, organised by Ashtead Running Group, with the kind permission of the Corporation of London, Ashtead Common.

The race will have a brand-new course for 2009, using much wider paths and bridleways, with fewer turns and with many more views (previously you couldn't see the wood for the trees). The course is still still much much 'undulating' with a couple of surprising little hills thrown in - teasing rather than testing, shall we say. We expect the previous course record to be smashed. The first and last km will test the toughest of ankles.

To keep to the 10k distance, the triangular first circuit of the field has been abandoned (boo-hoo, since the spectators liked that), but spectators can easily see the runners at half way with a shady five minute walk to the half way point.

Course marking (especially distance markers) should be greatly improved, and marshaling should be 'robust' in 2009. Same nice goodies at the end for all runners.

The children's 2km fun run will be on the same course as always - and as usual with fabulous goodies for the kids at the end (subsidised by the main race).

The race made over £1000 for local charities in 2008, and is very likely to sell-out before race day in 2009 (maximum of 200 runners allowed on the National Nature Reserve and Site of Special Scientific Interest).

Anyone interested?

05/07/2009 at 13:46
I've signed up and am looking forward to my second ever 10k race, especially as it's my local training ground...
08/07/2009 at 14:12
16 of us went and ran the new course last night - it IS fast, but also very pleasant (with a few 'hills'), with views and shady bits (and some challenging terrain underfoot).

I did 41:28, compared to a recent PB of 40:06 (Leatherhead Fire Station 10k 2008), suggesting that this is maybe only 3.5% slower than that well-known PB course. One of us running last night got a PB by about 2 minutes.

Before you ask, it was measured by four GPSs of different makes.

So this is potentially a very fast course! (Doesn't make it any easier!).
12/07/2009 at 21:16
I'm in for this thanks dr rob. my rough estimate is that the course will be 2-3 mins faster at the sharp end. will the kid's funrun again take place during the grown-up's event?
14/07/2009 at 10:48

Recently completed only my 2nd ever 10k race - Cranleigh 10k.

Does anyone know if this is more or less "undulating" than that course as it really tested an amateur like me!!

14/07/2009 at 14:28

Peter, as a fellow novice and having attempted and failed in the Tuesday night test the course (tweeked my hamstring) i'd say it slightly tougher underfoot than Cranleigh (which was my first ever race).

 I run in the commom and am getting used ot the varing underfoot conditions. 

 It's a good course though and i'm looking forward to it.

15/07/2009 at 11:16

Marcus - thanks for the info.

I don't mind admitting that the hills in Cranleigh really stumped me - especially that one just after the farm at about 6.5km!!

My first was Brookwood - which was nice and flat - so I think you're very brave!!

I have access to a running track so I have been training on that but I guess I'll have to branch out to some roads and surrounding areas with hills!

Plenty of time so I think I might just register for this.

15/07/2009 at 13:06

Peter

 i would say there is not a hill like like that one, much more stretched out gradient. 

 Where are you based, am trying to find a track to do some sprint/interval training, looks like a local school may be the only option. 

get registered, should be a good day.

15/07/2009 at 13:37

I'm in Shalford but the wife goes to the gym in Guildford so I use the track at the Spectrum - which is usually open and only used at certain times for certain things - and even then they don't seem to object to me using lane 1 to do laps (they probably presume that I've paid!)

I have tried running the road around the outside of Stoke Park - but I can't say I've taken to it.

02/08/2009 at 18:05

I'm in and will be bringing my 18 yr old neighbour.

It is my first race in about 3 years and her first race full stop. I run in Epsom common but I will be expanding my running area to get to grips with the undulations.

 Is there a race map posted somewhere?

Looking forward but a bit nervous

JJ

05/08/2009 at 11:14

Josie

If you can get along to Ashtead Running group one week I'm sure we could take you round the course.  argwebsite

05/08/2009 at 11:16
That's my birthday and I know I won't be doing anything else and hopefully I'll be injury free by then so I may be up for this one !!
05/08/2009 at 22:14

Awww Greeny, we can always go to the pub to celebrate after if your up for it?

How are the hobbly bits?

06/08/2009 at 10:51

Hey HC - Ran last week was fine - ran weekend and wasn't

Going away for a couple of weeks followed by a few days up north so I'm hopeful that I'll be ok by September - have pulled out of my ultra again for the second time.  Lurker has let me defer again so hopefully 3rd time lucky next year.

I don't talk about my birthday last year

17/08/2009 at 21:07

Dr Rob

 I'm in, but just to check, is the halfway point still at the end of Overdale Road?

29/08/2009 at 14:22
Hi All, Just posted up on the web site our new confirmed race route, courtesy Corporation of the City of London, Ashtead Rangers Office (thanks guys!). The route starts and finishes in the same place as last year, but otherwise is all different. There will NOT be a circuit of the field as at previous years - you just canter down from the start to the corner of the field and then off you go. The first km is all gently up, on rough ground, with plenty of twists and turns, and then there is a steep hill down to what we call the Star turn (because it is handy for the Star pub). Then there is the classic 'roller coaster' top section of the course, with the woods on your right, and open fields and nice views to your left. This section is undulating. Finally (as the field on your left comes to an end) you take a right hand turn off the bridleway and onto a rough and boggy footpath (deep joy!) for about 200m until you come back out onto another bridleway. Canter up and mostly down here for another 1km until you come to the first right hand turn (it's mostly flat/down hill here until the half way point and water station). Reverse your course, keeping left at all times and giving way to faster runners. The hills you came down on your way out will become more obvious on your way back. Finish with style and elation, to the plaudits of your family and friends!
29/08/2009 at 14:29
Hi Steve, yes, it will be considerably faster than last year (I would imagine that there might be two or three going under 38 mins): you will be able to stretch your legs on this one. (I did 41:16 on our group race a few weeks back, compared to my recent PB of 40.06, so it is fast enough). The only thing to watch for is the rough ground in the last 1km (oh, and horses and cyclists, but we shall do our best to try and re-route them). Should be OK. Good luck!
29/08/2009 at 20:13

tx rob. i ran the course a couple of days ago and would say it is all pretty fast underfoot, apart from the bumpiness of the initial climb and final descent. The lack of much mud or sharp turns or narrow sections should make it faster and also much less congested in the tricky bits. i've got the small matter of the Badger 1/2m next weekend to get through first, but i'm absolutely raring to go now!

07/09/2009 at 02:37

did anyone do the "hillcrest 10k" this year? how does this course compare to that?

if i do this it saves me  travelling down to Brighton (petrol cos  "v" pb potential !!!)

 i have also done Cranleigh (twice) and know of the "hill" you speak of,if this is no worse than that,i have nothing to worry about!!!

07/09/2009 at 10:02
Hi: On a cold day this would be thought of as 'undulating' rather than hilly.

There are only 30 places left in the 10k - once they have been filled, I'm afraid that's it (no waiting list, no entries on the day - we have a maximum number of runners, and can't go beyond that).

There are still about 40 places in the 2k.
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