Monday, 29 June 2009

Tough running

Sunday saw us starting early so as to miss Biggin Hill Air Show crowd, one weekend sees cars from all over the south east of England descend on one small airport to watch some military planes go through their paces.

We were ready and kitted up by 7.00am standing outside St Katharine's Church, Knockholt with a vague plan to run west along the North Downs Way to Tatsfield and then cut down through Clacket Lane to join the Vanguard Way. We were going to run about 10 miles out and back again allowing us to take in part of Stage 3 of London to Brighton.

Great plan but boy what with the overbearing humidity, the incessant heat and undulation, we were soon to find we had commenced on a very tough and demanding run.

We had a welcome break when we did some navigation work past Limpsfield Chart on new territory and were able to locate a very important stile and path connection tolead us into Stage 3 but then we had to ascend back into Limpsfield Chart up Trevereux Hill, a vicious little number but with our built in tenacity we dug in and reached the top and rested in the shadow of St Andrew's Church.

Another great moment was the run along Chestnut Avenue, Tatsfield a shady, rough trail of about 2 miles which allowed us tostretch out our legs after a vicious ascent and saw us running at 7.5 minute/miles, not bad for the conditions.

In the end 19 miles of great running.....not evry run that you can drink 3 pints of fluid!!!

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