Joydens Wood

Next Race: Wednesday 31st May 2017  

The final race of the series drew to a close with the biggest field I have ever seen at the event 128. So a huge thanks to everyone who took part in this race and the whole series. It was also nice to welcome those running the Run > Dartford series along and I trust they enjoyed the evening.

The evening wasn't without incident; having been away over the weekend my usual meticulous preparations were slightly out astray resulting in me forgetting the spot prizes. Thankfully my wife raced home to get them before any of you finished. 


Tonight we also decided the series championship. This obviously bought out the best in many of you especially in the male veteran categories. So well done to all those who raced so hard.

In the races Hannah Bradley continued by making it three wins in three races. Well done Hanna. James MacDonald had his perfect run abruptly stopped by Chris Biddle from Dartford Harriers, but he had done enough to win the series.


Below are the results of all the races.

Best wishes and see you all next summer!




Race One    
1 0:18:25 MACDONALD, James Cambridge H
2 0:19:29 PENNY, Mark Cambridge H
3 0:19:34 HUNT, Adam  
Race Two    
1 00:19:04 MACDONALD, James Cambridge Harriers
2 00:20:26 PENNY, Mark Cambridge Harriers
3 00:21:17 SUTTON, David  
Race Three    
1 0:18:21 Chris Biddle Dartford Harriers
2 0:18:51 James MacDonald Cambridge H
3 0:19:02 Michael Jarvis Dartford H
    Series Result  
1   MACDONALD, James 4 pts
2   PENNY, Mark 12 pts
3   SUTTON, David 19 pts
4   CUNNINGHAM, Martin 28 pts
4   MAYNARD, Graham 28 pts


Race One    
1 0:21:18 BRADLEY, Hannah Dartford Road Runners
2 0:22:11 SAUNDERS, Dawn Plumstead runners
3 0:22:48 CURTIS, Caroline Folkestone Running club
Race Two    
1 00:22:00 BRADLEY, Hannah Dartford Road Runners
2 00:23:06 BLACKER, Renate Swanley & District
3 00:23:23 SAUNDERS, Dawn Plumstead
Race Three    
1 0:21:12 BRADLEY, Hannah Dartford Road Runners
2 0:22:52 SAUNDERS, Dawn Plumstead 
3 0:23:39 HOLMES Gill Sittingbourne Striders
    Serties Standings  
1   BRADLEY, Hannah 3 pts
2   SAUNDERS, Dawn 7 pts
3   BLACKER, Renate 11 pts
4   HOLMES, Gill 15 pts
5   BOND, Christine 16 pts

The full results are published below. Please remember there are trophies for the first three in male and female along with first prizes in the veteran categories.

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Dartford Road Runners run a midweek 5K Summer Series in the picturesque Joydens Wood. The races are held on the last Wednesday of May June and July.. Each 5K race is run over a different course, each of which take place on the trails within the woods. Races are open to all abilities and start at 7.15pm sharp. The cost for each race is £6 per race or £15 for the series. We accept postal entries in advance, and are equally happy to receive your entry on the day.


A cake stall and water station are available at the finish area, however given the setting there are no toilets or changing facilities.

Entrance to the woods is between 176-178 Summerhouse Drive, Joydens Wood, Kent, DA2 7PB. It takes approximately 10 minutes to walk to the start from the woods entrance. In order to preserve the woods there is no onsite parking. Please park in Summerhouse Drive/surrounding roads, showing consideration to local residents.

These races cannot be held without the support of the Woodlands Trust who control the woods and to whom we give a donation from the revenue raised to help towards the continued upkeep of the woods.