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Last updated 04 February 2019

Information on the Club Cross-Country courses and events

See note on new Club 10k (15 January 2017 onwards)

See note on new Club 5 (21 March 2015 & 18 October 2015 onwards)

All home matches start at the same place - the field by St Johns Church - 'The little Church on the Hill'. The finish varies slightly. Most home races start at 10:30  on Sunday morning - so you need to book in at the HQ by 10:00 latest. The current entry cost is 4.00 per race.

So how did Cross-Country racing begin? Check out here... What is a Mob Match?

The Blackheath & Bromley Clubhouse

Yes, we are still there for Wednesday nights, Sunday mornings... But this C-C season (2018/19) we are using The Warren
for changing and refreshments - Metropolitan Police Sports Club Hayes Ltd, Croydon Road, Hayes, Bromley, Kent  BR2 7AL




Blackheath & Bromley Harriers AC
The Sydney Wooderson Centre
56 Bourne Way,
Hayes, Bromley,
Kent  BR2 7EY


Tel: 020 8462 3115


How we used to get to the start from the Clubhouse


St John's Church is situated 1 mile from the clubhouse - out of the gate, turn right, over the big roundabout at Glebe Way and continue towards Addington; at the Corkscrew  Hill roundabout cross the road and enter field via the footpath gate. The start is up the hill outside the tennis courts.


How we used to get to the Clubhouse from the finish


The finish is by the keeper's cottage (known as the Cafe, 'cos that's what it used to be!). Cross the busy Croydon Road and follow the footpath; cross Prestons Road and proceed to the open patch of common - aim for the left hand corner and jog down Hillside Lane - the Clubhouse is in front of you.


Marking of courses


All club courses are marked with flags and by pointsmen. Unless directed otherwise, always carry straight on. When you pass a pointsman be polite and thank them! When you have finished, please come back to the HQ where the showers are hot and there are lots of cakes, buckets of tea, and, if you are lucky, prizes to be picked up...

Club 5 (new from 21 March 2015)

The closing 5 miles handicap race is on Saturday 21st March starting at 2:30 from the usual place. We will be using a new out and back course, which avoids all road sections; the long road sections and the crossings are becoming increasingly dangerous and I believe that it is only a matter of time before there is an accident involving one of our runners or marshals. The race will finish in the start field but at the bottom of the field near to the gate, just above the roundabout on Addington Road/Layhams Road.
The new course, which is 4.92 miles,  covers much of the old 5 miles course through Boundary Wood, but using different paths to climb and descend, plus a short section at the start around one field of Wickham Court Farm, which I have discussed and agreed with the farmer, Mike Dallyn.
I  walked the whole course this week and believe it will prove to be both challenging and interesting. It is all on well defined paths, both in the woods and across the fields. Details are below, plus there is a Google Earth route map link (New Club 5 Miles.kmz) above. You will need Google Earth to view it.
As this is the first time we have used this course I would like to have the course well flagged and marshaled, so if you can help please let me know.
Bob Cliff

New Club 5 Miles Course

At the January 2015 Executive Committee meeting it was agreed that the traditional 5 Mile course should not be used in future because of the risk to runners, marshals and members of the public on the long road sections of the course.

Below is the course I propose we should use for the Closing 5 Miles handicap on 21st March. It is 4.92 miles, all on paths up and down Boundary Wood. The out and back routes are different apart from a very short section from the start field to Boundary Wood

Section of course

Distance Miles

Total distance Miles

Marshal Point

Start at the usual place in the field at the bottom of Layhams Road, 1 circuit of field (as now) , leaving by stile at corner




Towards Boundary Wood as now, but turn left after 200m through gate into grass field, uphill towards Wickham Court Farm 




Gate into field

Leave field by gate at top of field, turn right onto track (used for Club10) looping back onto path leading to Boundary Wood, where the course turns left towards entrance to Boundary Wood




Gate out of field

Just before entrance to Boundary Wood, turn left onto uphill path through the field, past group of trees and continue on path towards the entrance to woods. Keep to left hand path all the way up through Boundary Wood to the mid-field.




Entrance to Boundary Wood

Bear left  at mid-field onto wide but winding bridle path in the left of woods, leading to the top of Boundary Wood (called Rowdown Wood on the AZ Map)




Mid field Boundary Wood

At very top, near to metal fence, turn right and follow usual wide straight path back down to the mid field




Top of Boundary Wood

Across mid field and then follow usual path down Boundary Wood, bear left at bottom,  to exit onto path leading to finish




Bottom of Boundary

Run straight to start/finish field




Over stile into field, immediately turn left and follow path along fence down to Addington Road, turn right at bottom  and run in to finish at bottom of field close to gate at very bottom of Layhams Road




Stile into finish field



Club 5 (pre March 2015)


Starts at the Little Church; one lap of the field and out over the stile following the footpath into Boundary Wood; left and continue up, cross the open field and then more up. At the top you follow the left hand side path, bear left at 'T' junction to skirt the Police Dog training centre prior to joining Layhams Road. Turn left to follow road, then turn right into North Pole Lane; at end, go over stile and follow path to foot of Fox Hill; then enjoy the climb to the junction of Leafy Grove where you turn left up on to the common and follow the footpath, and your nose, to the finish.

Open 10k (pre January 2017)


The 10k course is the same as the 7 1/2 except that you do not run the triangle (you turn left when you hit the Furze Bottom bridle path).


New 10k course for January 2017 on

Club 7 1/2 (pre January 2017)


Starts outside the Little Church; one lap of the field and out over the stile following the footpath into Boundary Wood; left and continue up; cross the open field and then more up. At the top, you follow the left hand side path to 'T' junction - take right hand path and follow until Layhams Farm. Follow footpath until it joins Furze Bottom, turn right, then left to climb the diagonal field; at top turn right, over one stile then another, down steep hill to climb more stiles following path up hill to arrive at The Cottage. Turn right and follow the Furze Bottom bridle path to its end. Left at Blackness Lane to cross Jackass Lane and up the footpath known as 'the Chicken Run'. At the top, turn left on to Westerham Road and pick up footpath that runs parallel to Heathfield Road. Follow path/road until left into Leafy Grove - at end, cross over Fox Hill where you go left up on to the common and follow the footpath, and your nose, to the finish.

Club 10 (pre January 2017)


The '10' course is the same as the 7 1/2 except that you start at the Cafe and run 2 1/2 miles before joining the 7 1/2 course.

So, from the start proceed to Fox Hill, down to the bottom across onto footpath, up to join North Pole Lane - follow lane then turn right to skirt Bluebell Woods (Well Wood) before turning right into Layhams Road. Continue until entrance to Farm (turn hard left) then follow path to join the main footpath (where you turn left) from the Church to Boundary Woods. Then as per the 7 1/2 course.



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