New for 2017 sees a brand new summer series for Gravesend.
A unique opportunity to sharpen up your speedwork through the Summer Months. This tarmac course is floodlit and its undulating nature will offer just enough of a challenge whilst still allowing for some fast times. Book your slot by the race, in blocks of three or buy a season ticket for all six races. No medals for each race but a large variety of prizes are on offer.
The races are great for Autumn marathon training and for a speedwork session, as part of a schedule to complete your first 5K and/or 10K - or for those just looking for a timed and measured run on a weekday Summer's evening.
The 10K four lap race and 5K two lap races use the tarmac cycling track located within the Cyclopark facility near Gravesend. The self contained venue also incorporates plenty of car parking, great spectator viewing and refreshment facilities, toilets and changing rooms.The races are on a traffic-free undulating course and suitable for all abilities.
Prizes for leading runners and age category winners in the 10k
Prizes for first three male and female in the 5k
Overall series prize for leading three male and female in both races with best five races to count
Monthly leader board by age category for both races
Prizes for age category course records being broken
Spot prizes for those runners showing the best improvements
Series races are being held on one Thursday or Friday of each month from April through to September 2017.
Baggage Drop Off/Lockers
Parking - £1 per car
The Gravesend 10k and 5k course uses the fast tarmac cycle circuit. The 10k event will cover four laps and the 5k event will be two laps. The route will be clearly marked using directional cones to guide you around the course and at the extremities of the course there will be extra lighting to guide you around the circuit.
The route is an undulating but fast course with a couple of inclines to contend with, along with a long downhill section and covers the tarmac roads using the outer circuit of the Cyclopark. The 10k race will cover four laps with the 5k race covering two lap. Runners should be aware that although the majority of the Cyclopark is floodlit the extremities of the circuit are not. We will be providing additional lighting in these areas however you may wish to run with a head torch if you struggle to see in low light.
St John Ambulance or an alternative medical provider will be in attendance on the day and the course will be marshalled to provide assistance. There will also be a sweep runner following the race to ensure that nobody is left behind and that all runners are accounted for.
Points scored in each race count towards overall Series prizes, with the best five races to count towards the final series results.
Your individual time and position will be recorded by your electronic chip (10k Only, 5k runners are manually timed). We will endeavour to display results as they come into the race centre. Results will be uploaded to www.nice-work.org.uk as soon as possible after the race. All entrants that have supplied a valid and legible email address will receive a copy of the results as soon as possible after the race.
Getting there on foot and by bicycle
The main pedestrian entrance to the Cyclopark is either from the north of park is from the A227 Wrotham Road at Tollgate, just north of the A2 junction or from the south of the park via Downs Road, and the Ifield Court (Weald Way) and Church Road footbridges.
If you are travelling to the event by bicycle the National Cycle Route 177 runs the length of the Cyclopark and is a short ride from Gravesend Station or Ebbsfleet International.
Getting there by car
For those who wish to drive to the event there is ample parking available at the Cyclopark. Please note there is a £1 charge for using the car park and this must be paid before leaving the event.
The Cyclopark is located close to the A2 to the south of Gravesend. Take the A227 junction, (Gravesend Central) and follow the brown signs for Cyclopark.
For those using a Sat Nav the post code for the event is DA11 7NP.
Getting there by bus
The nearest bus stop to the Cyclopark is the Tollgate bus stop on the A227 Wrotham Road. You can catch either the Arriva 306 or 308 bus services which both serve Wrotham Road and Coldharbour Road which are both a short walk to the Cyclopark. The bus services run at the frequency of one per hour.
Getting there by train
There are number of stations all within 5km of the Cyclopark which all have regular services from London and the South East. If you do get the train to the event you will then need to find transport from the station to the Cyclopark.
Stations close to the Cyclopark are
Ebbsfleet International Station
Gravesend Railway Station
Meopham Railway Station
Northfleet Railway Station
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Course record holders
2014 - Tom Collins - 32.26
2014 - Sophie Bates - 39.36
"I thoroughly enjoyed the experience: the scenery was stunning, the support from the crowds in the villages was uplifting, and there was plenty of camaraderie amongst the runners. Add to this the excellent organisation and post-race biscuits - I'd say Nice Work have a got a winner on their hands here. "