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Information on the Club Cross-Country courses and events

The New 7 1/2 mile course (27 October 2019 onwards)

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

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

Origins of the Club Cry

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... And for this C-C season (2019/20) we are also back there...

 

 

 

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

 

Tel: 020 8462 3115

 

How to get to and from the start

 

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.

 


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.
 
Regards,
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

0.53

          0.53

 

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

 

 

1

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

0.93

          1.46

2

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.

0.75

          2.21

3

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)

0.58

          2.79

4

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

0.5

          3.29

5

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

0.99

          4.28

6

Bottom of Boundary

Run straight to start/finish field

0.38

          4.66

 

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

0.26

          4.92

7

Stile into finish field

 

 



New 10k course for January 2017 on


The New 7 1/2 mile course from 26 October 2019


 

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