Running in Kent

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19/08/2003 at 13:28
Hi there. I live in Sevenoaks, Kent and am looking for either a running buddy or a running club in the area. I have a good basic level of fitness, have been running on and off for the last 10 years, love hills and have completed a few marathons. Last race was a 1/2 marathon in April in 1.52. Can anyone help me?
19/08/2003 at 13:39

Sevenoaks Athletics Club have quite an active group and are quite friendly. They run on a Tuesday evening from Sevenoaks Swimming Club. They have a website but I can't remember what it is at the moment. Otherwise apparently there is one at Swanley that are really friendly but I haven't been along there yet.

19/08/2003 at 14:26
Brilliant. I shall check them out. Many
19/08/2003 at 17:29
I am a member of Swanley and we are a very friendly bunch, that meet on Tues, Wed and Sundays
19/08/2003 at 22:44
I'll have to take a look at my map and see where that is. Can I have a phone number to call u and chat?
20/08/2003 at 09:16
Drop me an email and I will provide you with a phone number and maybe we can chat over email?
20/08/2003 at 14:08
If you don't mind the drive down the A21,Tunbridge Wells Harriers are friendly !!
20/08/2003 at 15:32
You need to love hills if you live in Sevenoaks! I grew up there and my parents live near the White Hart. When I visit I'm always flummoxed by the fact that I have to run up a big hill at some point!

I've heard from my Dad that Sevenoaks AC is a friendly club. I think they've just started some sessions for beginners (we were trying to persuade my Mum to go) so they should support runners of all abilities.

I visit my folks quite a lot and I'd offer to run with you in Knole on occasions, but you're too fast for me!

Hope you find a good club.
21/08/2003 at 09:18
What did I say to make you think that then Coco? Actually, I'm going to have a go with the Sevenoaks Athletics Club myslef, even though I can't make the next date. They run in Knole Park which is where I often go myself. I think the wild deer find it amusing to watch us mad humans dashing around in the heat! Anyway, if you want to go for a run, let me know next time you're in town. I always ran with freinds when I lived in Switzerland and am pretty used to hills, but I've never got used to running alone (at least not when it comes to pushing myself!!)
21/08/2003 at 09:19
Thanks Dunc1. I'll check out the local one first and see how I go.
26/08/2003 at 14:06
Kym, I was in Sevenoaks for the Bank Holiday and checked with my Dad about Sevenoaks AC. He is a member although he doesn't train with them very often as he prefers to run on his own. They are a very friendly club and have elite runners as well as a women's group and a beginners' group. Good luck!

We're down again on 13th/14th Sept for my husband to do the Sevenoaks Triathlon. I thought I might do the Larkfield 10K on the same day, have you ever done that one?

26/08/2003 at 16:12
Hi Coco, I'm going out with the Sevenoaks club next Tuesday for the first time and looking forward to it. I'm struggling to get out alone,then laying in bed at night and regretting not having gone! I've heard of the Sevenoaks tri (have you got the website by any chance?) but not the Larkfield 10K. Where is that? I might be tempted if it's on the Saturday..
26/08/2003 at 16:49
Hi Kym

Larkfield is just beyond Borough Green off the A20. About halfway between Sevenoaks and Maidstone. It's years since I've been there but I used to go to the swimming pool there as a youngster because it was the nearest with a wave-machine! (this was the eighties!) The 10K is listed on the events section of this site and starts at 11am from the leisure centre.

Sevenoaks tri website is:

Both the 10k and the tri are on the sunday.

Good luck with the club. Let me know how you get on.

26/08/2003 at 23:32
Kym - I'm also new to this but have just starting linking up with runners from the Beckenham and the London City threads (in Beginners). I believe that there is a run planned on Sunday from Farnborough (nr Orpington).
27/08/2003 at 10:01
Tx for the website. Just about to take a look. I'm going up to Londont o buy some new runnignshoes today - how's that for incentive.
I can't make weekend runs for the next few months Pathfinder as I'm travelling a lot, but I appreciate the thought and will bear it in mind for the future.
27/08/2003 at 13:29
Where do you work?
If its in London I run from Tower Bridge to Petts Wood once a week or so and you can always jump on a train to Sevenoaks from there. Also Pathfinder mentioned the Beckenham Group but an alternative is its sister URWFRC City and South East London. We paln runs all over the place\time during the week. It may be that we can plan some weekend runs to\from Orpington which is 7 miles each way.

Also look out for Scotty who lives in Sevenoaks and is a member of Sevenoaks AC.

Orpington RR meet on Tuesday evening at 8pm outside the Buff at Green Street Green.

(Hi Pathfinder - will be joiing you on Sunday morning after all for 14 finishing at the pool for a swim)
27/08/2003 at 13:32
A middle-aged lady colleague of mine has just joined Sevenoaks A.C. and is having a great time.
27/08/2003 at 20:32
Phew. I'm going to be running all day at this rate!

I live in Sevenoaks and am studying for a degree online from home; just popped in to London to see a mate and buy shoes.

Sevenoaks AC is on Tuesday evenings too so I won't be able to make both. There's a swim afterwards organised by the Sevenoaks Tri Club so I'm going to try and get in on that too. No peace for the wicked!
11/09/2003 at 11:53
So I finally made it to the running club. Did the first 7 miles in 62 mins and ached for 3 days! Have now done 7.5miles (12km) in 62 mins this week on a fairly hilly course and am feeling great. I also went out and bought new running shoes which have made a HUGE difference. Yeehaa!! I bought them at the Runner's Shop in Beckenham so I now know where Beckenham is, although it was a bit of a hike by car. Still,t he guy in the shop was good and I have 2 pairs of shoes! I figured I'd see which one I like best, so I can stick with them in the future.
How's the running going with you all?
11/09/2003 at 12:12
Hiya Kym,

Was it you I was chatting to briefly at the pool after Tuesday nights run around Knole Park ?

I haven't gotten used to everyones names yet as it was only my 4th Tueasday night run.

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