North Downs Run 30k: 29 June 2003
Travel was easy a scheduled bus service the 498 runs from outside the Gravesend train station once an hour. The venue is an out of town fully equipped older type municipal sports and pool complex. As the field was small showering and changing were more than adequate. The first desperate scramble for several metres is halted by decent into a hedgerow bordered single file path setting the norm for what is a single file run until ~ 20K when the fatigued field opens the way to increase your pace. Farmed and wooded down land tracks predominate with only a short distance on tarmac and no final road section as in previous years. Sunglasses are a liability unless you can feel the way over occasional Pony Club sized obstacles in the densely wooded sections.
I thoroughly enjoyed myself but that may be partly explained by my regular 45 minute sessions on a 15 degree inclined treadmill. The field seemed to drop away literally by the side of the track on several occasions. Steep Ups topped by railway embankments chopped the legs away from most roadrunners.
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