Thursday, 27 October 2016

Kent Fitness League

The Kent Fitness League is a series of seven non-elite cross-country races that take place in Kent each winter. It is open only to runners (first and second claim) that belong to one of the 18 member clubs (see below). The courses are all between 5 and 6 miles in length.

Below you will find some information on each of the venues used for the series, including links to my GPS data and to any blogs that I have written about each race. I have now run at all of the current venues so hopefully there are a few nuggets of information that will come in handy. If there's any info that you're looking for that I haven't covered, please feel free to contact me via Facebook or Twitter.

The map below includes the GPS trace of the course and locations of car parking, café and toilet facilities. If you zoom into the venue that you are interested in, you'll see the pins much clearer.

Where I have listed footwear, this is just a rough guide and I don't have a huge amount of experience at cross country running. Also the distances are approximate as they are taken from my GPS readings so they may not be 100% accurate.

Website: Kent Fitness League

Knole Park, Sevenoaks
  • Course summary: 2 lap hilly course through the deer park. Features some hard standing paths.
  • Distance: 5.5 miles / 8.8km
  • Footwear: Trail or spikes
  • GPS data: October 2016
  • Blogs: October 2016

Swanley Park, New Barn Road, Swanley
  • Course summary: 3 lap (1st is slightly shorter then the 2nd and 3rd), gently undulating course [changed in 2016].
  • Distance: 5.1 miles / 8.3km (5.5 miles / 8.9km recorded on my gps)
  • Footwear: Trail or spikes
  • GPS data: November 2016 (My friend's (different) course data from November 2015)
  • Blogs: November 2016

Oxleas Woods, Eltham

Fowlmead, Sholden, Deal (venue recently renamed as 'Betteshanger Country Park')

Nurstead Court, Nurstead, Meopham
  • Course summary: 2 laps. Open fields, woodland, hills. Features a water splash (twice).
  • Distance: 4.9 miles / 7.9km
  • Footwear: Spikes (unless the ground is completely dry, which is unlikely)
  • GPS data: December 2014 / January 2017
  • Blogs: December 2014 / January 2017

Minnis Bay, Birchington
  • Course summary: 1 lap. Flat. Underfoot is generally quite firm, but the opening 2.5 mile stretch can be very splashy. Features 6 water ditches (dykes) to run through - great fun. When the tide is out this race starts on the beach.
  • Distance: 6 miles / 9.6km
  • Footwear: Spikes or Trail
  • GPS data: January 2017
  • Blogs: January 2015 / January 2017

Blean Woods, Rough Common, Canterbury
  • Course summary: OAB course with big loop at far end. Mostly in the woods, which were not overly muddy, but were a bit splashy during the 2015/16 season's race. Some stony, gravelly paths to run on.
  • Distance: 5.2 miles / 8.4km
  • Footwear: Spikes or Trail
  • GPS data: February 2016 / February 2017
  • Blogs: February 2016 / February 2017

the eighteen affiliated clubs / colours [image: kent fitness league]
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