Wednesday night AWAY run from Bucks Head, Godden Green
Jun
26
7:30 PM19:30

Wednesday night AWAY run from Bucks Head, Godden Green

The Run/Session this Wednesday will be a run, suitable for all, taking advantage of the variety of trails that lead from the Bucks Head.

Please join us for a beer or cold drink after run at the Bucks Head, if you can't make the run, then just join us for a beer or cold drink.

We are open to all runners, and whether you are one of the Oaks Blokes,  who hasn't been for a while, or SLJ runners trying out one these merged/mixed runs for the first time, we'll look after you, we just ask that you can run at least 5K. There is no need to worry, we will look after you all. So come out and give it a go.

See you there...

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Wednesday Away Run - Otford
Jun
19
7:30 PM19:30

Wednesday Away Run - Otford

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

Map link HERE

Although quite a few of us are going to Westerham Brewery (7.15pm for 7.30pm start), we still have a run for those runners (SLJ & OB) that are not on the brewery tour.

Please meet Sarah P at 7.30pm at Otford Rec Car Park, she has a great run prepared, also with a beer afterwards in the Bull. If you are running with Sarah, please message her on 07817 899006, thanks.


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Shipbourne away run
Jun
8
8:00 AM08:00

Shipbourne away run

This Sat we are doing an Away Run Starting from the Chaser Pub, In Shipbourne.

So the best place to park you car is in Upper Green Road just opposite the pub, about 50 yards up the road. 

I have been out and tested most of the route today - it is lovely and has some really good selling points:

1. It is flat (fairly flat - honestly, no really I mean it) and there are no steep hills only gentle rises here and there...

2. It is an all new route, well 80% of it is - so you will never have done this one before...

3. It is a very beautiful route that has a bit of ever thing, blossom, fields, woodland (with a few bluebells now coming though)...

4. There are at least 2 other routes that those that want shorter routes can do and they are both great too...

5. Coffee and breakfast in the Chaser Pub which opens at 9am...

So this is not one to be missed

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Saturday Away Run -  Blue bells
Apr
27
8:00 AM08:00

Saturday Away Run - Blue bells

This Saturday - Away run from the top of Pole Hill - Park in the 7 Diner (the American diner - opposite the entrance to Fort Halstead).  Google map link is HERE

It is a 5 minute drive from Sevenoaks towards Bromley.

  • 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

  • For the slow runners Lars is clearly set to do one of his short 1/2 marathons


So see you in the 7 Dinner Car Park at 8am this Sat. There is also parking at the top of the hill before you get to the diner on the right immediately opposite the Fort Halstead turn.

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Saturday Away run 8am - Kemsing
Apr
13
8:00 AM08:00

Saturday Away run 8am - 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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Saturday AWAY RUN from Chevening - Bricklayer arms
Mar
30
8:00 AM08:00

Saturday AWAY RUN from Chevening - Bricklayer arms

Dear Gentlemen

This Saturday is the third run from this location ever. Starting practically in Sevenoaks it is really easy to get to by car or a warm up jog - plus a Coffee and Bacon Sandwiches overlooking the waters of Chevening Lake afterwards.

The location of the Start for those looking for a full 6 mile route is by the Bricklayers Arms in Chevening village - The link is given below.

This route does start on the road as we run to the stunning Chevening House. This means if you want to run less you can meet us closer to Chevening House - I would suggest back at the cross Roads just at the Chevening House side - This will take slightly over a mile off the distance and bring it down to about 4.8 miles (if you are doing this version let me know and we will be there at about 8.10am

Point A - HERE - This is by the Brick Layers Arms Pub

Point B - HERE - Nearer Chevening House

From there we go off in to some fantastic countryside on a slightly improved route passing lots of great views on the up - good reason to stop and the down another good reason to stop.

So “some up” and it is a bit tough but not bad, but there is only one !! The second half is almost all down hill or flat - so an easy finish.

The Bricklayers Arms were great every time we visited, the egg and bacon sanies were great and quite cheap, as I recall. So don’t miss out on this one.

The weather looks like it is going to be great for Saturday, it looks dry. so come to run in road shoes.

If you need a lift to the start - please let me know. If you need to get back as this is in Sevenoaks you are almost home.

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Away Run from The Plough - Ivy Hatch
Mar
2
8:00 AM08:00

Away Run from The Plough - Ivy Hatch

This Saturday is an away run with a new cook at the pub. We meet at 8am in the car park of the Plough pub at Ivy Hatch - This is actually less than 10 min drive from Hollybush. There will be at least 3 groups possibly more, out this weekend - I think I have all my coaches.

We might have two slower groups this week depending on who attends and wishes / needs. This is venue is just ok for those doing a kids hand over at Hollybush at 9.15am but just make sure you let us know at the start, you need to be back by 9am.

There are 3 fantastic runs from here - but I am thinking of the Ightham Moat run as it is not only a beautify route you get a bit of history in there too but I can always be persuaded on the day.

Weather actually looks fine for Saturday but I suggest off road shoes if you have them.

David

 

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Lazy Thursday Run 9am
Feb
14
9:00 AM09:00

Lazy Thursday Run 9am

These runs have only just started, and the run is for those runners who are free, working from home or nearby, getting back to running after an injury, retired, in between jobs, or on “gardening leave”, or just interested and available.

These runs will tend to be in and around Knole Park and the surrounding trails and footpaths, and will be slower and sometimes shorter than our normal sat runs, and are usually followed by tea/coffee nearby.

If you’re interested get in contact with me - Duncan (07919 830043)

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Saturday Away Run - Otford
Jan
26
8:00 AM08:00

Saturday Away Run - Otford

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

Map link HERE

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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Back to Running Course 2019
Jan
26
8:00 AM08:00

Back to Running Course 2019

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. 

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Bring a Bloke Day this Saturday
Jan
3
7:00 PM19:00

Bring a Bloke Day this Saturday

Dear Gents

It is that time of year where you might expect me to nag you about making running part of your New Year resolutions - but not this year! ! Instead I give you a bit of my own mumbo jumbo rubbish ...

My suggestion is you have at least 2 NY resolutions;

  1. About making you feel good about yourself (if that happens to include getting fit, chatting with mates and joining or rejoining 'probably the best running club in the world'. That is great, but so many NYR's seem to be negative about not doing stuff or eating stuff, drinking stuff - it may be easier to make it positive - eat more good staff (that is good for you ... not cake!)

  2. This one I got from my wife but I like the approach. Rather than saying sorry and feeling bad about what you have done wrong - turn it around to a positive that makes the receiver feel good for what they have done .i.e Thanks for waiting for me ... not sorry I am late.

    Anyway, if you don't like that forget it and just go back to the trusted resolution of running more with Oaks Blokes. This is an important time of year for us - so please help if you can.

    So new year and new recruitment - I think we have 2 or 3 already signed up for the new Back to Running course starting on 9th Jan run by Ian. But that means this week we again ask you to nag friends and associates to come along and join you in our bring a bloke day. For ease and simplicity the next two weeks will certainly be a home run.

    For those that have fallen on non running times - nag yourself to come back !!

    So see you all Saturday, Hollybush at 8am
    Best wishes and Happy New year
    and start on a positive note !!!

    David

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Xmas Eve Family Run at 9am - Free
Dec
24
9:00 AM09:00

Xmas Eve Family Run at 9am - Free

Xmas Eve Family Run - Free Just wear something Christmas'sy

This is 9am from Hollybush - family are welcome but if you bring a child you will need to be able to stay with them (unless they are an older child). We will have a walking group  (4.5 - 5 mils), a gentle jog group (3 miles) and a normal group around 5 miles. - there will be at least 6 coaches there - so we may slip further depending on who is there.



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Christmas Bash at St. Julian's
Dec
12
7:30 PM19:30

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.

£38 - Please sign up in the SHOP.

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Breast Cancer Care’s Pink Run this Saturday
Oct
6
8:00 AM08:00

Breast Cancer Care’s Pink Run this Saturday

This week will be a home run but all those attending are requested to wear something pink in support of the charity fund raising for Breast Cancer Care’s Pink Run - I am sure most of you will know someone who has suffered form it, it seems so common that it has to be a good charity to support.

Runners who dont have anything pink to wear are welcome to buy a Pink T shirt from me for £5 which I will be selling just before we start. I hope those who don't want to buy one, may still like to make a donation in the charity collection pot regardless. We will be starting at Holybush but drinking coffee at the end in the cafe on the vine as we did two weeks ago.

Following a number of requests to add a bit of 10K type training in to a Saturday run - I will look to offer this on a regular basis over the next few weeks. These will be hard’ish work but will be geared as always so you can do them regardless of your running ability or speed and you always have the option to push yourself more or less during them according to how you feel. I may even see if we can set the fire alarm off again with another bacon sarnie !!!

Those at last nights curry would have seen Ian is out with his shoulder for a few weeks but this week I think I have everyone else available on the coaching team - so I suggest almost all of us who were there last night need to counter balance the slightly negative effect of it. Those that were not should definitely come and those that have not been for ages - what better reason to make a comeback

Look forward to seeing you tomorrow morning at 8am
Best wishes

David

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Away run from Crown Point / Reuthe's Nursery
Sep
29
8:00 AM08:00

Away run from Crown Point / Reuthe's Nursery

Dear Gents

We will be running from the start point of behind the Crown Point Pub - There is loads of free parking on the road beside the pub.

We will coffee (and bacon sarnie - if you want to let me know in advance I will pre oder most so they are read for our arrival) at Reuthe’s which is 150 yards away but has somewhat limited parking spaces. Ferg says the sarnies are good! There are loads of routes to run from there - in fact there is almost a flat one (once you have climbed 40 meters). There is the interesting ancient hill fort of Albury Woods, and interesting mount bike down hill path and a couple of cracking view points.

Weather looks fine about 14C which should be OK for post run coffee. I am good for coaches apart from Duncan and Ian.

I have timed the drive at that time of the morning and it takes between 6 and 7 min from Hollybush - so it is not far.

If you want a lift do please let me know and I will pick you up.

Look forward to seeing you there… David

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Saturday Weald away run
Aug
25
8:00 AM08:00

Saturday 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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Wednesday Early Evening Run - 5.30pm Hollybush
Jun
20
5:30 PM17:30

Wednesday Early Evening Run - 5.30pm Hollybush

There are two options this week - the run will either be at 5:30pm or be cancelled, if not enough interest. So please let me know if you can come, JUST IF YOU CAN COME, Idon't need your response if you are not coming

Some of the runners have asked, whether we will still be running on Wed evening, since as some of you might have noticed England are through to Semi Final of the World Cup, and the KO for this match v Croatia at 7pm Wed Evening, and many of us want to watch this match live, either at home or in a pub. To accommodate this I have rearranged this HOME run from Hollybush, for an earlier start.

So for one week only our HOME run for Wed evening will start from Hollybush at 5.30pm - 11th July 2018, currently showing a warm 21C, but suspect it might be warmer, so make sure you drink plenty of water before the run, and bring water for afterwards.

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