Sunday, 8 November 2009

The North Downs Way

Wow what a brilliant run today, best described as gutsy and hard! We haven't really run East from Shoreham along the North Downs Way ( that we had realised) in our training runs this year and so decided to run down from Poll Hill (nr Orpington, Kent) to Shoreham and then joint the Darenth Valley Path to Otford and then join the North Downs Way to get as close to Wrotham as we possible do in 2 hours and then return the same way.

This decision proved to be easy to make but in doing so proved to be an epic run which was both challenging and satisfying in its brutish profile. Little were we to know at the beginning of the run that the chosen route had some vicious ascents and descents (Ok I should have looked at the map closer) muddy and very slippery paths and some outstanding views from the top of the escarpment all along the way. Even my trusty trail shoes failed to grip on some of the more slippy, wet and exposed chalky paths and George was seen and heard to make a few falls luckily not too serious. The profile above proves that we had our work cut out and although seen to be walking in some sections we challenge some of the hardy souls we know not to either ;-)

In all a great if tiring run that will be great in the Spring, take a look at the course here:
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