The A20 Pathway 17.3

Good training run for FLM

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25/01/2009 at 18:17
Has anyone entered this race. It sound like a great race. I have never run on the North Downs so that will be a nice experience.
26/01/2009 at 09:11

Looks like most of it is run along side the A20.  A really boring route.  There are so many loops that can be done on the downs that does not take you along side the A20 so why not use them.

Velocity also do a 10k at the end of the year that runs along side the A20.  It is so dull.

26/01/2009 at 10:55

I am only doing it as a training run for FLM and we get the change to try out a new campsite near by.

26/01/2009 at 20:41

oooh was about to do this...but maybe not!

31/01/2009 at 13:35
It might be dull and boring, but I guess you need to train mentally as well as physically. How much of the course is off road ? Anybody know ? I tried to map it and there seemed to be roads all the way.
31/01/2009 at 14:20
Plodding Dave - never done this race before. People also make races as well the scenery. You never know what it is like until you do it.
31/01/2009 at 20:46
About 12 miles of this run is off-road , ie on the pathway that runs alongside the A20 , as most of us are aware , traffic and runners are not allways a good mix so i thought it might help people relax a bit more if more running was off-road , as for loops up over the Downs , yes , there are multitudes of routes you can take over many different distances BUT !!! can someone find me 50-60 marshalls to cover every twist and turn ??? I'd rather keep the run straightforward and invest  a) in the venue , which has just about ticks every box on the list of competitors basic needs and b) water stations , which will occur at 7 different distances and c) electronc chip timing , nothing more accurate .As for the End of 08 10k dull ? Not according to everyone who has either e-mailed me personally or recorded their comments on the Runners World forum for the last two years , its a fast and accurate course with enough undulations to be a challenge ( as the A20 will be) yet has still seen the winners record under 34mins in both years .
31/01/2009 at 21:44
Well I entered on-line today. Looking forward to it as one on my club mates is doing it and maybe another one.
02/02/2009 at 23:03

I've signed up - not been past 15 miles in 12 years so I'm looking forward to this with a certain trepidation. All part of the prep for Edingburgh Marathon at the end of May.

Anyone else staying at the hotel the night before? Booked that as well. 

Do I need off road shoes? 

14/02/2009 at 13:53
MarkC - we are staying in the local Caravan Club campsite which is 1.2 miles from the start. That could be my warm up
17/02/2009 at 10:12
No off-road shoes required , its tarmac path and tarmac road .
17/02/2009 at 10:24

MS - Thanks for the heads up on shoes .... I'll bring my road shoes then. Pity really ... I've just bought some rather bright Adidas Kanadias and I'm looking for an excuse to get them dirty.

Tracey - Enjoy the Caravan Site ... it's been a while since I've camped before a race .... my warm up will be a wander downstairs. I'm of the view that every yard I do as warm up is one less I'll be able to do in the race  

17/02/2009 at 21:30

I've just entered this one as its the perfect distance on the right day for my training for FLM 2009. Im also staying at the hotel the night before. Got to give something back to the family for dragging them to every race I do and being out for hours every Sunday during Marathon training. Im looking forward to it as going anywhere different on a long run makes it less painful. I think!

Keep Running

18/02/2009 at 23:12
Mark - Our caravan has electric heating we will be lovely and warm.
24/02/2009 at 00:22

  Did a Recce of the area on sunday; if we're hitting the North Downs, prepare for steep hills,and

yes,pretty much stick to road shoes,as much of this looks like tarmac. I reckon this is a good trainer for

the FLM, as the effort put into this run, cos of the hills ,will feel like you've done a marathon.  Mark-C

use the Kanadias on the 10K sevenoaks week before this one. Almost all off road and a good race to

speed train on soft ground.

24/02/2009 at 09:26
So a bit like Beachy Head but on the road
24/02/2009 at 12:29

If the hill i went up from Hollingbourne which takes to the North Downs is the way we,re going,

then yep we,ve got a bit of work to do.

24/02/2009 at 14:48
HW  - when you say "looks like tarmac" does that mean you think the tarmac is covered by mud or ???  Do you think road shoes will really be best please?
24/02/2009 at 15:03

HW - I've got a muddy 5 miler closer to home the week before this so will christen the new shoes there.

 Not loving the idea of steep hills but it's got to be done

24/02/2009 at 20:45

The hill up to the North Downs wont be Hollingbourne , that is a real punisher , no , the hill climb is Hubbards Hill down in Lenham , its  a gradual climb of about 1mile , i checked the whole course last friday and not much sign of mud ,


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