North Downs Run 30K - Love it!

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07/03/2012 at 21:39

Includes t-shirt, free swim, and beer at one of the drink stations! And, of course, one of the most beautiful views on any course. Yes, I'm up for this again!

07/03/2012 at 23:35
I'll probably do this as well. Sounds great.
21/03/2012 at 15:39

Just signed up for this, my first time and first ever race longer then 10k!

 The furthest I have run is 22k a few times, hope I can make it

25/03/2012 at 22:52
You will enjoy this one, tough, but very rewarding
01/04/2012 at 19:09
Im gonna sign up for the 3rd year running. This is a tough one but I've loved it each time. Im defo gonna concentrate more on hill training this year though, I suffered last year by not doing enough hills.
28/04/2012 at 21:32
Booked to do it. My running buddy has done it , very hard he told me .......... might need to do some hill work
28/04/2012 at 22:02
Nice one people, youre love it, it's gonna be a good un
28/04/2012 at 22:13
Really looking forward to it : )
24/05/2012 at 20:50

Just a month to go!


03/06/2012 at 18:56

Looking forward to this. 16 miles done and dusted this morning in 2.58, have set myself a target of 3.45 for 3 weeks time. Hope it's not too hot as I struggled in the hot weather last week.

03/06/2012 at 19:14
Nice one Gary, I've been running the course for the last 3 weeks, it's looking good for race day, 3 weeks and counting
05/06/2012 at 18:52
Are the poppies out yet? Lots out around Gravesend cyclopark yesterday
05/06/2012 at 21:18
Hi myjointshurt

Not many poppies as yet, but can see a few scattered about

I'm at the cyclopark on weds for a 10k race, I shall look out for them
08/06/2012 at 14:49

Not long to go now!

I am out at an all day party the day before so I hope I do okay

Quick question.. I don't own trail shoes because when I run I do so on road or in parks on the paths/hills. Do I need to buy a pair of trail runners? I don't like heavy trainers so I am concerned they will 'weigh' me down (I run in Adidas Aidzero adios when racing and Mizuno, which are falling apart, Elixur for normal running).

Can anyone advice please?

12/06/2012 at 11:29

So, those who have done it before, what's the surface like? Some road, obviously, but what's the rest like? Grass? Mud? Hardcore? Stony paths? Sandy?

12/06/2012 at 13:26
Hi Debra

All of the above, except sandy! You'll have fun in the mud at around 15k, very muddy with deep puddles at the moment and if this weather keeps up we may have to change the course!

12/06/2012 at 13:30
Hi Susan

If this weather keeps up, you definitely should invest in trails, I ran it 2 weeks ago in trails and was sliding about, but last week I did it in normal running trainers and it was ok
12/06/2012 at 13:33

Question for you Fat Matt -

I ran this many years ago struggled around in 2:14 I think it was - I seem to remember passing the 30K mark and having to run about a mile futher. 

Legend had it at the time was that a Cambridge Harrier (George Meredith) ran round the ocurse and said something along the lines of - thats about 30K - Legend or Urban Myth? 

12/06/2012 at 14:11
Hi grendel3

I wouldn't call 2:14 struggling round!

I know the course has changed alot in recent years, I'm not aware of this story but I'll ask around some of the longer serving members of the club and see if there is any truth to that story
12/06/2012 at 14:19

Just curious - I think I ran it in 91 - (and yes it was a struggle as my training partner ran about 1:56 for first vet - think Barry whats his name won it that year!!!!!) Just interested - the guy I trained with was a member of Cambridge and used to run with some of those guys then, and that is where the story came from.


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