Tuesday, 7 March 2017

The Run>Dartford Summer Series venue guide

The Run>Dartford Summer Series of races started in 2016 and takes place on Friday evenings over five months in five different venues in Dartford. The difference with this races series is that the results and prizes are done by age-grading rather than finishing time. It is a great, friendly, low-key series that puts an emphasis on being inclusive, with club runners asked to leave their club vests at home to help newcomers feel less intimidated and more at home.

Full info on the series can be found here: Run>Dartford




Dartford Heath
Distance: 5 kilometres
Course: Two laps
Underfoot: off-road - dirt paths, gravel, grass
Profile: Mostly flat but has a couple of short undulations
GPS data: Run>Dartford: Dartford Heath 5k
Further reading: My Dartford Heath 5k 2016 blog post


Dartford Central Park
Distance: 4 miles
Course: 3-and-a-bit laps around the park
Underfoot: Mostly tarmac but has a section on grass and dirt paths
Profile: Mostly flat but each lap has an incline to run up
GPS data: Run>Dartford: Dartford Central Park 4 Miler
Further reading: My Dartford Central Park 4M 2016 blog post


Darenth Valley Country Park
Distance: 2 Miles (3x2 miles relay - runners grouped into teams by the organisers)
Course: A single 2 mile lap
Underfoot: Mostly grass, dirt and gravel paths
Profile: Hilly
GPS data: Run>Dartford: Darenth Valley Country Park 2 Mile Relay
Further reading: My Darenth Valley Country Park 3x2M Relay blog post


Thames River Path
Distance: 10km
Course: Out and back along the Thames River Path next to (and under) the Dartford Crossing (QE2 bridge)
Underfoot: Mixture of dirt paths and gravelly paths plus a little bit of concrete
Profile: Flat
GPS data: Run>Dartford: Thames River Path 10k
Further reading: My Thames River Path 10k 2016 blog post


Central Park Athletics Track (new race/venue for 2017)
Distance: 2,000m
Course: 5 laps of the Central Park Athletics Track
Underfoot: Track
Profile: Flat
GPS Data: Central Park Athletics 2,000m
Further reading: My CPA 2000m 2017 blog post


Joydens Wood (only used during the 2016 series)
Distance: 5 kilometres
Course: Tough course around the woods
Underfoot: Forest trails - dirt paths
Profile: Hilly
GPS data: Run>Dartford: Joydens Wood 5k 2016
Further reading: My Joydens Wood 5k 2016 blog post


the 2016 series medal [photo: 7t]




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