Regents Park 10k
Nov
12
10:00am10:00am

Regents Park 10k

The After Adoption Regent’s Park 10k is back! It’s a new event for us but conveniently, it's in London!

Hundreds of people of all running abilities will be enjoying three laps in one of the most beautiful parks in the capital. This great run is in aid of national adoption charity After Adoption and all participants are asked to try to raise sponsorship – the entry fee pays for the event but does not significantly contribute to the important work of the charity. 

This event includes:

  • Three laps in this beautiful Royal park
  • T-shirt and medal for every participant
  • Water stations
  • Chip timing
  • Distance markers
  • Baggage store
  • Toilets
  • Goody bag
  • Measured 10km route
  • UK Athletics licenced

Registration is open now. 

  • Minimum age 15 on 12 November
  • Standard entry £20
  • Teams of five or more £18 each - that could be us!
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Christmas Bash at St. Julian's
Dec
13
7:30pm 7:30pm

Christmas Bash at St. Julian's

This is a Wednesday evening (so you'll have to miss the run that night!). 

We will be at St Julian’s Private Members Club (as we were last year). I very much hope you have enjoyed the previous Christmas meals we have organised and will be joining us again - We hope to do our best to ensure this will be the evening you remember most over the Christmas period.

We meet there from 7.30 pm and will be sat down by 8.15pm latest. We can do the standard shared taxi arrangement for going home (although I am not organising that part) in due course.

More details to follow on menu choices etc... Dave

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Pink Week
Oct
7
8:00am 8:00am

Pink Week

This week is our annual PINK WEEK run in support of the Brest Cancer Care charity. I know you have all been very supportive before and I hope you will continue to support this very worthy cause again this year - Sadly we all probably know someone close who has suffered and we are heading towards the age where the risks increase for our family and friends.

In simple terms this week we start at Hollybush as a normal home run (with some pink on) and at the end of the run we finish at the Vine Coffee shop - where I believe we will get free coffee ? But I hope you will put a donation into the pot instead. The girls don't leave to 9.30 am so easy for kid hand over. You may wish to park up by the vine and walk down to Hollybush to the start of the run. 

If you want to bring someone else along to support the charity and run with us please do - plenty of space on Lars's “Special” group and Fallen and Leaning Oaks !!!

So in abbreviated style ...

  • Meet Holybush 8am
  • Wear PINK something or buy a Pink T shirt £5 (get there 10 min early if you are buying)
  • All speeds and attitudes catered for (except stroppy!)
  • We end at the VINE for coffee and possible photo 
  • The women are warming up at the Vine before their run so don not leave until 10.30 and get back at 10.40 
  • Drink coffee, eat cake, talk rubbish
  • Go home

Many thanks, Dave

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Saturday Away Run - Otford
Sep
30
8:00am 8:00am

Saturday Away Run - Otford

We are on an away run this Saturday starting at Otford Rec - 8am. 

Map link HERE

They sadly only offer the first 1 hour parking free in the Rec Car Park so it may be sensible to bring 50p with you to extend this to 2 hours (£1 for 3hrs to have all the time for a lot of extra coffee – I will try and pack lots of change !!)

This is only 5 min drive from Hollybush Rec, so those that need to be back by 9.15 am to meet (take handovers of) the kids can still do so. Just make sure you let the coach know at the start and we will get you back in time. If you need a lift let me know and I can sort it – please email me or text if it is last minute.

Good coffee and bacon sandwiches at the Pond View Cafe after - for those that can stop. 

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Brighton 10K - Sun 19th November 2017
Sep
19
9:30am 9:30am

Brighton 10K - Sun 19th November 2017

The Brooks Brighton 10k is a fast, flat R.R.C. accurately measured course along the seafront of Brighton & Hove, with start and finish on Madeira Drive. This is one of our favourite races of the year, and we usually have over 100 runners attending (oaks blokes & Sevenoaks ladies joggers), soeveryone needs to book this date in their diaries

http://www.brooksbrighton10k.co.uk/

We'll sort out the transport, meals, etc nearer the time.

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Weald away run
Aug
19
8:00am 8:00am

Weald away run

We are away this Saturday 5th Oct - We will be starting from the Village Green in Weald Village. I have not completely decided which route we will take, but the most likely one is rather more gentle on the hills than you will be used to. It tends to be rolling rather than up and down (I know I am likely to have that quoted back to me on Sat, but that is my recollection of it !).

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Saturday Away run - Kemsing
Jul
29
8:00am 8:00am

Saturday Away run - Kemsing

We will meet in village car park, next to the Church, just 50m down the road from "The Bell" pub.

The route is suitable for all, and the coaches will do our best to look after you all, and the route allows us to get us all back to the Bell Pub, where we have organised breakfast. This is one of our better venues in terms of food, service & hospitality, as those that have been before will remember.

Make sure you allow, enough time to get to Kemsing, from where you live. If anyone wants to run from Sevenoaks, then it's a good 3 mile warm up.

So see you all there

 

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Wednesday night run from Bucks Head, Godden Green
Jul
19
7:30pm 7:30pm

Wednesday night run from Bucks Head, Godden Green

To take advantage of summer nights, this week we are doing an away run starting at Bucks Head, Godden Green at 7.30pm.


Lots of options to run from here, so run will be a combination of footpaths, tracks, trails & local minor roads.


Weather is expected to be dry and a lovely warm 20C, so you'll need some water for after run, followed by further well earned fluids from the pub.
 
If you don't normally come Wed evenings, give it a try, but it will be at least 5 miles, and warm. If however you can't make the run, why not join us for a pint.
 

See you there

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Lavender Run - from The Plough Ivy Hatch
Jul
8
8:00am 8:00am

Lavender Run - from The Plough Ivy Hatch

This Saturday we are away for the run. We meet at 8am in the car park of the Plough pub at Ivy Hatch. There will be 2 or 3 groups out this weekend. I have all the coaches you need.  We will be taking in the Mitchel and Peach Lavender fields (albeit the photo below is of the Castle farm).  The ladies are away to at the Lullingstone, Castle Farm so not easy for a kid hand over

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Duncan has confirmed coffee and breakfast with the pub. I am happy to offer lifts to those that need one just e-mail be back.

So for those who have not done this one before a beautiful route through some of the finest countryside in Kent - not much in the way of any hills apart from a couple of bumps !!!  Off road shoes only required if we have a down pour if you have them.

See you all then

Best wishes

If anybody needs a lift, please text David on 07799 476647 for pick up point.

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Wednesday Night Weald away run
Jul
5
7:30pm 7:30pm

Wednesday Night Weald away run

We are away this Saturday 5th Oct - We will be starting from the Village Green in Weald Village. I have not completely decided which route we will take, but the most likely one is rather more gentle on the hills than you will be used to. It tends to be rolling rather than up and down (I know I am likely to have that quoted back to me on Sat, but that is my recollection of it !).

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Run then rugby from the Rugby Club
Jun
22
2:00pm 2:00pm

Run then rugby from the Rugby Club

This Saturdays 8am run, will be (slightly) away and start from Sevenoaks Rugby Club (end of Plymouth Drive, Sevenoaks, at 8am on 24th June 2017. Duncan, Richard & Lars available, so would aim to start off all together, then split up depending on numbers, abilities, fitness and hangovers, so the run will be suitable for all.

With the British Lions playing the All Blacks, at 8.35am, for those that are interested in watching the match, whilst they might miss the first 30 minutes, they can enjoy the rest of the game, with a tea, coffee or beer if you're really up for it in the Rugby Club Bar. We have spoken to the manager, who has confirmed we can park there free and get bacon butties afterwards if you want.

Parking will be in Rugby Club Car park free of charge.

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Away Run above Shoreham (from 7 Diner)
May
27
12:00pm12:00pm

Away Run above Shoreham (from 7 Diner)

Dear Gents

I went out to look at this run today in preparation for Saturday's run. Despite the passing of the bluebells, it was beautiful. Cool dappled sunlight coming through to light attractive tracks in classic English woodland. A perfect choice for a warm summers day run and it is going to be hot and sunning on Saturday - so a great day to join us.

We start as previously at the 7 Diner up opposite Fort Halstead at 8am.

What will you get ....

  • 5.4 miles of pure magic - so not long. There is only one hard hill so nothing more than normal.
  • A short version that is about 4.2 miles - the same route with short cuts.
  • Some of the best countryside in Kent - Great Views, lovely woods and rolling hills (in the distance - I wouldn’t make you run up any would I?) 
  • We pass by the Cross at Shoreham and may drop into the village to run along the river Darenth if you want a bit extra
  • A full range of coffee and dining available at the end

This is another one you will be sorry if you miss.

Best wishes ... David

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Sat morning away run - Shoreham Run from 7 Diner
May
13
8:00am 8:00am

Sat morning away run - Shoreham Run from 7 Diner

Dear Gents

I went out to look at this run today in preparation for Saturdays run. Despite the passing of the bluebells, it was beautiful. Cool dappled sunlight coming through to light attractive tracks in classic english woodland. A perfect choice for a warm summers day run and it is going to be hot and sunning on Saturday - so a great day to join us.

We start as previously at the 7 Diner up opposite Fort Halstead at 8am.  See link below for map

HERE

What will you get ....

  • 5.4 miles of pure magic - so not long. There is only one hard hill so nothing more than normal.
  • A short version that is about 4.2 miles - the same route with short cuts.
  • Some of the best countryside in Kent - Great Views, lovely woods and rolling hills (in the distance - I wouldn’t make you run up any would I?) 
  • We pass by the Cross at Shoreham and may drop into the village to run along the river Darenth if you want a bit extra
  • A full range of coffee and dining available at the end

This is another one you will be sorry if you miss.

Best wishes

David

PS. NEED A LIFT THERE - Please e-mail me or text me !

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Wednesday Evening Run
Apr
5
7:30pm 7:30pm

Wednesday Evening Run

Gerry will be taking the run this week... and with the nights getting lighter, a dry 9C expected, hopefully the 1st part of the run will be in Knole park, but probably on the paths, so ordinary trainers OK. So something to look forward to. But it's still not light for the whole of the hour, so please remember you still need your hi-vis run wear & head torches. Reminder to follow on Whatsapp...

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Ide Hill Away Run - No Big Hills !!
Mar
18
8:00am 8:00am

Ide Hill Away Run - No Big Hills !!

Dear Gentlemen

This week is and away run and something even more special than usual - we have never done this one before. 

The Bad News ..

There isn’t any - except the weather might change on Saturday.

The Good News ..

so that is all the bad bit covered. So why this one particularly …

  • The run itself is a real treat and has some lovely views along the way. 
  • the last time we came here it was a big down hill then a long up hill (there all gone on this run) - so a new experience for you - no big up hill sections !! 
  • The community cafe at the end has some of the best views in Kent - better even than St Julians. 
  • You know you always feel so good after you make the effort and if you come you will be telling your friends about it and bringing your dog back for a walk here … 

The start point is at Ide Hill Community Shop and Cafe HERE free Car parking in front of it or behind it ...

It takes under 10  minutes to get there from hollybush (Yesterday I did it in under 9 min). Drive out of Sevenoaks towards M25 just past Amhurst School turn left and drive for about 5 min and you are there.

If you need a lift let me know. The main rout is not too long at about 5.8 miles but there are extras that can be added and some sort cuts too….

I have a full complement of coaches - So everything is available

If you need a lift let me know

Best wishes

David

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Jan
28
8:00am 8:00am

Away Run - Kemsing

This Saturday is an away run - and for those in my slower group it is at least half new. It starts at the village Hall car park in Kemsing (as previously) about 1/2 a mile from Otford. The car park is almost opposite the Bell Pub in the centre of the village and has parking for about 30 cars. It is 8 mins drive from Hollybush. The link is below

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I have been in to see John and Dennis in the Bell Pub and Dennis has offered to do the full monty Egg, Bacon and sausages Sarnies - Now I went out this morning to test the new version of the route and it was very chilly - so you will need a bit of warming in the pub afterward - I think apart from the coffee and food those needing serious warming will be able to get a small dram as well - I think Duncan is the only one who has so far.

I still think that this run provides the best views in all of Kent and visits some lovely other picturesque areas (albeit, they look better in the spring)

The main Run - Just comes in at 6 miles but there are extras opportunities to extend

The Slow group run - Coming in at 10 metres short of 5 miles - so you may have to run around the car park once.

 

The slowest group can do a short version of this which ranges from 3.4 to 4 miles

 

I am putting Lars out with another coach this week, as he does not have a good record of getting back on time here (unless anyone needs marathon training !)  

Other key points to note

 

  • My group - are walking up the hill - no pressure. 
  • Those wanting to test yourselves this hill is a 9/10 bas...d hill - so enjoy !!
  • Then it is almost all flat or down hill apart from one up - my lot miss the extra up !! 
  • We will take you through 3 fantastic bluebell woods (with no bluebells and we may be a bit early for snowdrops).
  • The pub we have coffee in after (the Bell) has the great Malpas bacon and sausages - so worth stopping for a bite 
  • Suitable for beginners - or more steady runners - Yes absolutely - Ian and Lars will have a special route that will give you all the best bits without too much effort..... 
  • It was still frozen today (with some snow) so unless it warms up or rains - wear on road shoes rather than off road (particularly my lot)

 

Best wishes to you all 

If you need a lift let me know - by text may be best 07799 476647

See you Sat

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Back to Running Course January 2017
Jan
14
to Feb 1

Back to Running Course January 2017

Whether you have had 6 months or 6 years away from running, the Oaks Blokes Back to Running Course may be just to kick you need to get back to fitness. 

The course is designed for complete beginners through to those people who can at least remember the last time they ran for a bus. If you run a bit already, we will assess you on the first session and make sure we put you in the most suitable group for your needs. 

This is a 6 week course on a Saturday morning at 8am. Most runs start from the free car park at Hollybush Recreation Ground but occasionally the run will start elsewhere so you can enjoy the trails around Sevenoaks.

 The course cost is £50. To register your interest or sign up click HERE

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Bring a Bloke Day 8am
Jan
7
8:00am 8:00am

Bring a Bloke Day 8am

PS This is a great day to come and try out running with Oaks Blokes whether you know somebody who runs with us or not. We will have a number of Coaches on hand who will lead  groups at different paces to suit whoever turns up. It'd be great to see you.

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