Listed in Runners World as being one of the “most iconic trail races in the UK and
430 m total ascent
£23 to enter
Report from Runners World: ‘A swaggering mudsligner that can lay clam to the title
“The toughest race in the South East.’ Challenging hillls, exhilarating trails,
scenic views, excellent marshalling and a decent swag bag make it a favourite on
the RW Forum. The 2013 marks the 30th anniversary, so get your entry in sharpish.”
The route of the North Downs Run passes through some of the finest scenery in Southern
England. Starting at Cascades Leisure Centre, Thong Lane, Gravesend, runners will
make their way to Shorne Village, and then through Cobham Park into the Cuxton Valley.
They will reach Holly Hill because descending into Great Buckland. It is then across
the fields to Luddesdown Court (and Cricket Pitch Hill!), before reaching Henley
Street. The route then passes through apple and pear orchards into the village of
Cobham. Finally ,its through Jeskyns Nature Reserve & Ashenbank Wood and into scenic
Shorne Wood Country Park for a seriously challenging uphill section before emerging
onto the Shorne-Ifield road and the path back across the fields to Cascades Leisure
Centre for the Finish. (Not suitable for wheelchairs).
A children’s fun run of 1K is also being planned on the same day. It will be held
within the grounds of Cascades Leisure Centre. Entries for the fun run will be
available on the day.