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 as I don't have a huge amount of experience at cross country running. However, I have learnt that just because other (more experienced) runners are wearing spikes it doesn't mean that they are always the right choice. Also, a course that spikes were perfect for one year, might not be required the next - it's all about conditions underfoot on the day.

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

Swanley Park, New Barn Road, Swanley

Oxleas Woods, Eltham / Shooters Hill

Fowlmead, Sholden, Deal (venue has been renamed 'Betteshanger 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
  • Video: course fly-by video to follow
  • Blogs: December 2014 / January 2017

Minnis Bay, Birchington

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
  • Video: course fly-by video to follow
  • Blogs: February 2016 / February 2017


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