TWH run – Wednesday 17th April 2024 – A marathon ?

Club Events
Greetings Harriers
Often in running we ask ourselves what are we doing, why are we here ?
So this week I pose the question, what is a marathon ?
Runners over a certain age will know it as this:-
Runners beyond a certain age will know it as a rather unusual thing that happened in ancient Greece:-
The rest of us know it as 26.2 mile annual event in central London in April where the great and the good of the running world go to run, marshal or support. Let’s hope we can replicate some of the fine performances put in by Harriers in Brighton and Manchester recently.
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Off road it is still pretty muddy, but with drier weather ahead we should be off road for our run next week.
In the meantime, its pavements-are-us and we have Saul Harris as this week’s Routemaster 🚌, so fasten your seat belts and here we go ……     
We have a 7.7 mile long route and a short route of 5.8 miles (and a myriad of shorter options for marathon hopefuls) – something for everyone.
No head torch will be needed this week.
Whether you’re training hard, tapering , recovering from your weekend marathon, or just want to run with your friends, there is something for you.
This week’s route is mostly well lit but please try and stay in groups as much as possible, looking out especially for guests, newer members and wear something bright and hi viz.
Current forecast for Wednesday is for a mild 10C.
Map and GPX attached.
There is also a walking group that sets off at the same time. So if you’re injured, tired or just want to let it be come along and walk with friends.
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The Nevill is closed for repair until May, so we will continue to utilise the fine facilities of the Nevill Tennis Club next door to us for baggage and post run showers followed by our post-run refreshment. Turnout has been great and we want to keep that going.
So after the run head back to the tennis club – the perfect temporary home for the top seeds of Kent running.
The ideal place for a caffeine leap . 
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Due to refurbishment work, the women’s changing room will be unavailable at the tennis club for the next few weeks. There is a small disabled toilet facility on the ground floor which can be used to change in if needed and bags can be left in the bar area.
Additional toilets are being provided adjacent to the club house but unfortunately, no alternative female shower facilities are available for the duration of the work.
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7:30 prompt start from the Tennis Club Bar – Tennis Club MENS change rooms and showers are open, then its afters upstairs at the Tennis Club Bar – it’s time to commit !
If anyone has an idea for a route please get in contact – all contributions welcome.
Geoff Turner