North Downs Way Relay

This year’s North Downs Way relay takes place on 21st June. It is an annual 123 mile 16-stage trail race starting in Dover at 5am and finishing at Farnham at about 8pm. This report of last year’s race explains what is involved, and details of the legs are on the Guildford Orienteers website here. The format for this year’s race hasn’t been decided yet, but will probably be simpler than last year’s.

Please let me know if you would like to run for SLOW (see contact email below). I am looking for as many as possible of the club’s faster runners to sign up, but anyone who can run at least 10k is welcome to take part. If there is enough interest we will enter two teams, or a partial second team like last year. It isn’t necessary to have your own transport; we can arrange lifts or pick you up from a station near the start of your leg.

We ask that if you are doing a leg you haven’t run before, you recce it before the day if possible – the route is signed but not always very clearly, and runners (usually from other teams) do sometimes get lost.

There will as usual be a pub meal in the evening for those who follow the race to the finish.

Please let me know when you reply if you have any preference for the time of day or the distance you would like to run (most of the legs are between 10 and 15k), and if you’re not a regular orienteer please also give a rough idea of your speed, e.g. approx time for a 10k race.

I will wait for everyone to reply before circulating provisional leg allocations towards the end of next week.


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