The Ashtead 10k and 2k fun run 2009 will take place on 20 September, organised by Ashtead Running Group, with the kind permission of the Corporation of London, Ashtead Common.
The race will have a brand-new course for 2009, using much wider paths and bridleways, with fewer turns and with many more views (previously you couldn't see the wood for the trees). The course is still still much much 'undulating' with a couple of surprising little hills thrown in - teasing rather than testing, shall we say. We expect the previous course record to be smashed. The first and last km will test the toughest of ankles.
To keep to the 10k distance, the triangular first circuit of the field has been abandoned (boo-hoo, since the spectators liked that), but spectators can easily see the runners at half way with a shady five minute walk to the half way point.
Course marking (especially distance markers) should be greatly improved, and marshaling should be 'robust' in 2009. Same nice goodies at the end for all runners.
The children's 2km fun run will be on the same course as always - and as usual with fabulous goodies for the kids at the end (subsidised by the main race).
The race made over £1000 for local charities in 2008, and is very likely to sell-out before race day in 2009 (maximum of 200 runners allowed on the National Nature Reserve and Site of Special Scientific Interest).