Kent and South East London
Run Leaders for the Maverick Run Project are the people who make our social runs possible. They know their local area better than we do so they go out and find routes that they think you'll enjoy. Below is the information about the Run Leader for this particular social run.
Hei! Hailing from Finland, my love of trails and being outdoors is pretty much in my blood. I started running in 2017 when training for a marathon, and pretty soon after I moved to trail running, finding Maverick at the same time (my second ever race and first-ever trail race was Maverick Original Kent 2017).
Since then running has kind of taken over. I run nearly every day (sometimes even without shoes!) and the only time you’ll find me on tarmac is if it leads to a trail of some kind. I have got the family running with me too and we regularly go to the woods to run, forage and litter pick.
I may not go fast but I can go far, and I love ultra-distance runs with good hills to walk up and run down. I can spend a long time planning routes and am looking forward to sharing some of these with you.
Hi! I was never a runner, even after Ilona persuaded me to go with her to do a twice-weekly social 5km. But you know how it goes. That was just over 3 years ago. Pretty soon the 5km morphed silently into 10km and then to a half marathon. My first marathon was Beachy Head in 2019, which was where my love of trails was truly set in stone, and I enjoy nothing more than being in the middle of a wood on a single track.
As a family we love to be on the trails and have run many times at Maverick Race events over the last few years, soaking up the friendly atmosphere and camaraderie that trail running just seems to ooze.
The recent lockdowns have given us the opportunity to really explore locally, and it will be great to share some of these routes with you. There’s no need to be fast, we’re very happy to bounce along admiring the surroundings. Really hope you can join us.
Below you'll find some information about some of the runs Ilona and Phil organise. To get the most up to date information, locations and dates, please sign into the My Running Club app.
Forest Run at Joyden’s Wood, Bexley
(On-street parking on Summerhouse Drive)
Joyden’s Wood is located on the south-eastern edge of Greater London. The route is mainly single track forest paths, soft woodland trails with tree roots to negotiate, and short steep inclines to keep you awake. Can be very muddy, all off-road, trail shoes strongly recommended. Meet at the corner of Fernell Avenue / Summerhouse Drive. Dogs welcome.
Riverside run at Foots Cray Meadows, Bexley
(Station car park for parking, charges may apply)
Foots Cray Meadows is an area of parkland and woodland situated around the river Cray. This is a flat run following the banks of the river on woodland trails, grassy fields and bridle paths. Look out for the wildlife, kingfishers have been spotted here. Meet at Bexley train station (outside). Dogs welcome.
Nature Run at Scadbury / Petts Wood, Chislehurst
(On street parking)
This route combines the wildlife corridor of Scadbury nature reserve and the National Trust green spaces of Petts Wood and Hawkwood. The run follows well-kept wide gravel trails and sometimes muddy forest paths. Meet by Sydney Arms Pub. Dogs are welcome but must be kept on leads.
Urban trails to Dartford Heath
(Free parking at Hall Place Car Park)
Run to Dartford Heath on hidden small tracks through an urban area. Dartford Heath is an area of natural beauty, a lowland heath including scrubby areas, woodlands and ponds. It is one of the largest open spaces in Kent. Meet at Hall Place car park. Dogs welcome.
Andrew’s Ups and Downs
Meet at the Andrew’s Wood Shacklands Road car park. It is one of Ilona’s favourites. Hilly run in the Kent countryside. Starting from woods this route goes through farmland, villages and grassy hills. Some of the ascents are pretty spectacular if a little challenging and definitely to be walked up. Dogs welcome.
Kent Country Paths
(Parking £3.50 for the day)
Undulating run through orchards, woodlands, vineyards, farmland. The route has something for everyone, nice climbs and rolling downhills, poppies and alpacas. This route is one of our family favourites, beautiful any time of the year, especially in the snow. Trail shoes and hydration for 2-3 hours required. Dogs welcome. Meet by the Jeskyns car park café.
Cows of Cobham
(Parking £3.50 for the day)
Run through Cobham village to Cobham Park. Magnificent veteran trees grow on this area of ancient pasture, grazed by Highland cattle and deer. If you are lucky you might see the white stag. Dogs welcome but will need to be kept on leads. Meet by the Jeskyns car park café.
Hills to toy with
Toys Hill is an area of 200 acres of woodland and a site of special scientific interest. The name is an indicator of this challenging but truly beautiful route. Run offers spectacular views over the Kent Countryside from Octavia Hill and a glimpse of Chartwell House. Trail shoes and hydration for 2-3 hours required. Dogs welcome. Meet at the car park.
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Dry Top to change for afterwards