It’s a beautiful course through the glorious woodlands of the ancient Titsey Estate on Limpsfield Chart in Surrey. To get an impression of what it’s like, look at this video of the October 2014 race made by the husband of one of the runners.
The start/finish is on a bridleway 100m south of the clubhouse of Limpsfield Chart Golf Club, which lies on the south side of the A25 road between Oxted and Westerham (nearest postcode RH8 OSL). For 2019, the Golf Club will also be Race HQ.
View the Course Map (PDF) or click here for an interactive digital map on the Good Run Guide website. Because this is largely an off-road course it cannot be a certified accurate 10 kilometre course, but it’s as close to 10km in length as we can make it using GPS measurement.
What’s the course like?
It’s a single-lap run through the lovely woodlands of Limpsfield Common and the High Chart of Surrey and Kent. Most of the land is owned by the the Titsey Estate or National Trust. The course is almost entirely off-road along tracks, footpaths and bridleways, with a brief stretch along a country lane. The first two kilometres are flat(ish), followed by some quite stiff drags (through lovely autumnal woodlands!) as you climb onto the beautiful, peaceful, wooded plateau of the High Chart, but no steep hills. After the first water stop at kilometre 4.5 there is a short loop through the woods that brings you back to the same water stop at kilometre 6. After that you can concentrate on enjoying a fast run back, dropping down off the Chart for the run home. The finish is on the same bridleway that you ran along at the start.
What footwear should I use?
The surfaces you run over are very varied. Early on, just before you climb onto Limpsfield Chart, there are a few short sections in woods that can be very muddy, especially if there’s been rain. On the Chart itself the surfaces tend to be dry, firm and rather stony. The opening and closing kilometres are over good firm bridleway or firm grass tracks. You will need to keep an eye out for tree roots, and there are a few descents where the ground may be rough, muddy or slippery. We recommend you use trail shoes or cross-country shoes with good grip, but do not wear spikes. If it’s not too wet or muddy and you’re prepared to slip around a bit you can get by wearing ordinary running shoes or trainers, but don’t wear new shoes unless you’re prepared to get them dirty!
There’ll be a water table at the 4.5km and 6km points. There will also be water at the finish (and a free bottle of beer!).
A race permit has been issued by the Trail Running Association, on behalf of UK Athletics.