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Sevenoaks Circular

17-Mar-2019 The New School, West Heath, Sevenoaks, Kent, UK (England)

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48KM / 30Miles
1 Day

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Beginner

Elevation: Very little change < 500 metres. Benign running terrain, not technical.

Suitable for: First ultra runners completing a marathon or doing regular long distance running in the last six months.

Intermediate

Elevation: Increase of up to 1000 metres

Suitable for: Runners who have completed at least one ultra distance race (or similar event) or are doing long distance running (>26 miles) regularly, with elevation shown.

Advanced

Elevation: Increase of up to 1500 metres

Suitable for: Runners who have completed several ultra distances or similar events, or are doing long distance running regularly, with elevation shown.

Expert

Elevation: Increase of up to 2000 metres with some challenging climatic conditions (e.g. ice, snow, humidity or heat) and or technical terrain

Suitable for: Experienced runners who have completed at least regular ultra distances in last 12 months, or are doing regular long distance running (>50 miles) with elevation and conditions shown (where possible). Admission to these races may be subject to evidence of recent qualifying race participation and recent medical examination certificate. Check with the race organiser regarding entry requirements.

Brutal

Elevation: Increase of up to 2000 metres with very challenging climatic conditions (e.g. ice, snow, humidity, heat or at high altitude) and or technical terrain.

Suitable for: Very experienced long distance ultra runners (min 3 years’ experience) or are doing regular long distance running (>50 miles) with elevation and conditions shown (where possible). Admission to these races is often subject to evidence of recent qualifying race participation and recent medical examination certificate. Purchase of specialist kit is often recommended for these races.

Endurance - Multi-activity

Type: An ultra distance race including at least two of the following activities such as running, swimming, cycling, kayaking, skiing and climbing. It may also include different climatic conditions (eg ice, snow, humidity, cold water, mud or heat).

Suitable for: Experienced multi-skilled athletes who have trained for the different activities included in this event. Admission to these races may be subject to receipt of a recent medical examination certificate. Check with the race organiser regarding entry requirements and any specialist equipment required such as a wetsuit, skis or a mountain bike.

Global - Virtual

Type: A virtual race which can be run at any time shown on the dates shown, on any type of terrain in any country.

Suitable for: For runners from beginners to experienced as you choose your own course and challenge based on the guidelines and options set by the virtual race organiser.

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wilberf0rce

02:34 21-03-17

I raced this in March 2017 - This is "technically" a walk, run by the Long Distance Walking Association, but is a Challenger event, so can be run as well. It is also a narrative event, all starters are given a 6 page set of directions, my heart sunk when I first saw them, but actually they were really good.

It starts and finished in the New School at West Heath, which is stunning, and the only race HQ I have ever seen with chandeliers and very swanky toilets.
There are three different routes on the day, a 15 mile/20 mile or 30 mile "race" . The 30 miler started at 8am and there were about 40 people ready to go.

The route is stunning, you start by running through Knole Park and form there head our over the hills surrounding Sevenoaks, down to Hildenborough and the up as far north as Knockholt. The hills are something else, some of them were so steep we had to walk up them, but the views you get from the tops are amazing. You go through nice little villages, through woods and across fields, and there is minimum road running.

There are 5 check points you have to go to and they stamp your card at each one. They were all well stocked with a range of goodies, from sausage rolls to sandwiches to malt loaf and tea, coffee etc so something for everyone. All the volunteers at the checkpoints were really friendly, if a little surprised by the numbers running.

At the finish you hand in your card and are presented with a certificate to show you have completed the route, along with your time - and there was plenty of food available for everyone at the end.

I would definitely do this race again, although it is worth pointing out this is NOT billed as a race, as it is a walk - but there was a fair bit of racing going on over teh course. The first guy back finished in about 5 hours.

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