A jaunt up Box Hill
There is a challenge I quite fancy this November - 10km up Box Hill, part of the Tough 10 series from Cancer Research. CRUK deem it the toughest of their Tough 10 so before parting with my entrance fee I thought I would do a recce.
Starting from Dorking station Tim and I did a 4.2 miles loop. I'd done parkrun in the morning so we went straight from Wimbledon to Dorking and took a picnic for the top.
The route out passed Denbies vineyard and then took a sharp right through the car park and across the stepping stones. Then the trail went up sharply. The vegetation was quite dense so we didn't get a view point until about two-thirds of the way up but I had to stop as my heart rate had sky rocketed with the incline.
The steps were hard work and just as I got to the top of them a guy who we'd seen fly passed us heading down had caught us up! He was clearly a pro - he had poles and everything, still it was a bit demoralising. We turned right and headed to the war memorial. Coming out of the woods we were greeted by a fantastic view:
We then doubled back and went passed the visitors centre (where there are loads of great maps here) and took a left to the fort. Here the path started downwards and opened up for more views down into the vineyard. Just passed here we stopped on the slope for a picnic with a view.
I reckon this wide grassy hill would be where you would run up on race day so we did a hill sprint to try it out. Running the whole hill might be too much for my little legs!
At the bottom we were back on the road (taking a left) for about a kilometer before we turned left again to follow the river back to the car park. At this point Tim told me we had 10 mins to make our train or wait 30mins so we ran harder than I had at parkrun back to make the train with 3 mins to spare.
4.2 miles done and travel there and back took us just over 3 hours and cost £14.15 each for a train ticket and picnic. Now we have the route map I'm keen to get back there soon and try the 8 mile route. I'm hoping I still might be able to make the CRUK event but as Shakira says 'hips don't lie' so I'll have to wait and see what mine tells me.