Next weeks race t-shirt dropped through the letterbox this morning. I wonder how many people will use that as the a perfect get out of jail card and abandon the trouble of racing at next weeks Great Trail Run at Keswick. It certainly crossed my mind.
I run for pride as well as t-shirts, so dragged myself out of bed for a final half marathon training run. Lynn was joining me on the bike so we scoured the web for an off road cycle route and ended up with the GPX data for the station to station route between Box Hill and Epsom.
Holy moly was that a hilly route?
Not that you can expect to arrive at Box Hill and find a flat route ahead of you but a 6k ascent to start a training run is pretty taxing.
The route ended up being the #22 Surrey Cycleway and although it was predominantly on tarmac it did manage to cut swathes through some of the most glorious landscape of the North Downs. It was a mixture of quiet roads and bridleways and made for a perfect running and cycling partnership.
I took a leaf out of Eddie Izzard’s guide to long distance running and broke off for ice-cream at the first opportunity. If you’re ever in the middle of Epsom race course I would recommend this van – perfectly whipped 99′s with butterscotch dribbles.
This is why I run.
Route: Boxhill and Westhumble Station to Epsom Station
Terrain: Mostly tarmac, quiet roads and a few stretches along muddy bridleways
Google map: link
Garmin tcx course on garmin connect: Boxhill-Epsom.tcx
If you fancy following the route, you should find all the maps and data you need at the gps-routes site. I converted it to a Garmin course trx file so that I could follow the breadcrumb route on my Garmin 310XT but it’s well signposted – just follow the 22 cycle route.
Trains are fairly regular between Epsom and Westhumble but you might want to check times before leaving, we ended up with a 59 minute wait and had to waste a bit of time in the local pub, but it sold Stella so who cares.