2015 Spring Marathon Training Runs

If you’re training for a spring marathon, or just fancy a long run, then join us for 18 miles of road running. There is a short cut that trims 5 miles off this for those not wanting to run the full 18 miles, or you can add an extra 2.4 mile loop at the end, beginning, or both.

2015 Dates
Sunday 18th January;
Sunday 15th February;
Sunday 29th March (TBC – from Wadhurst);
Sunday 5th April;

The runs start promptly at 8am from the Camden Arms Hotel pub car park, which is on Pembury High Street by the main shops and opposite the village green. Do not be late or we will have gone!Water and sports drink are laid out at each of the three drinks stations at approx 6, 12 and 18 miles, plus, if anyone wants anything else put out, let Derek have it on the Wednesday before the run at club night.

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Christmas Hash on Ashdown

Tomorrow’s hash on Ashdown Forest will start from Friends’ car park which is on the Ridge Road to Nutley. From King’s Standing, take the B2026 south for just under a mile and then turn right crossing the cattle grid. The car park is on your right after about 3/4 of a mile. The closest post code for your satnavs is TN22 3HY – this is the first house past the car park, so if you cross another cattle grid, you’ve gone too far! The car park grid ref is TQ456288.

There will be three routes:

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Boxing Day Run

Leave from the clubhouse at 10am for a road run of 8-10 miles. Come ready to run as the club house will not be available for changing.

Boxing Day Run directions (approx 7.5 miles):

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Portsmouth Coastal Marathon

Yesterday Richard Quartermaine and myself participated in the Portsmouth Coastal Marathon. As the name suggests the race follows the coastal path for an out and back course. Although gusty in places it is a flat, scenic course with only about 4 miles on road. Due to the tide times it was a reasonably early start – 8.45am – thereby necessitating a very early start from Tunbridge Wells! The race was well organised with very efficient, friendly marshals. Indeed there was quite a lot of crowd support. With 1250 runners, it’s a popular race. The only disadvantage was that the paths were very narrow in places which made overtaking very difficult.

Unfortunately I had quite a nasty fall only 2 miles into the race. It was on a narrow stretch of beach. A woman had chosen that time to walk her dog on the same stretch of beach (with 1200 runners running towards her!) and in the process of avoiding the aforementioned dog, I tripped over a rock and landed on the shingle lacerating my hand and both knees! Still I managed to persevere and finished 6th woman in a time of 3:26:33 ( 2 minutes faster than last year!). Despite it being off road, I reckon it’s a club record in my now older age category!

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South of the Thames Farthing Downs

After an early morning trip to Cheeky’s to pick up a pair of X-Talons for Jillian we had a surprisingly traffic free journey round the M25 to Coulsdon for the South of the Thames Cross Country Championships race.

Despite being the Saturday before Christmas a field of 284 runners turned up to race, including three Harriers who said they had been entered but weren’t on the list! After an extra 2 mile run down to race HQ from the top of the Downs and back again, and some serious grovelling, the race director agreed to add them to the programme, with Peter Nuttall having to undergo a sex change to accommodate Sarah Lavender.

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South of England Inter Counties and Masters XC

On Saturday, Eric and I travelled up to Oxford to compete in the South of England AA Inter Counties and Masters Cross Country Championships. The Masters’ events were incorporated in the same meeting as the SEAA Inter Counties Champs in which Alice was competing for Kent in the senior women’s event.

Although a bright sunny morning, it was still hovering just above freezing when we arrived, and the sports fields around the athletics track were frosty and rock hard. Any opportunity for a decent warm up or course recce were curtailed by the one-man-in-a-portacabin registration system and the fact that the hilly part of the course up in Brasenose Woods hadn’t yet been marked.

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