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Run 1834 – Thursday 17th June ~ Wimbledon

Hare – No Foreplay

Registration is required for all participants in West London runs during the current pandemic. If you plan to come on this run please register ASAP by using This link

This week’s run will start from outside Wimbledon station (main entrance) which is on both the District Line and the Mainline. There will be no bag drop, run with what you bring, runners should start between 18.45 and 1900 hours, walkers can start from 18.30 hours onward.  There will be a drink stop which will not open until 19.30 (this will be strictly enforced by the GM aka the Hare).  The trail is approximately 8km long.  The trail will be marked on trees as well as on the ground (so please look up).  There are short cut possibilities but these will not be marked.  If you need a map so you can short cut please e-mail the GM using the website Contact Form by the end of Wednesday at the latest.  

The on after will be on the green area alongside the Crooked Billet Road at the edge of the Common Map Link where deckchairs have been provided by the local pub.  Takeaway beers can be sourced from the nearby pubs (Crooked Billet and Hand in Hand).       
If cycling / driving you may want to consider leaving your bike / car near the end point (the Crooked Billet) which is 2km from the station.  For those taking public transport don’t worry it is downhill to get back to the station.

Run 1833 – Thursday 10th June ~ Greenford

Hare – Yorky Porky

Registration is required for all participants in West London runs during the current pandemic. If you plan to come on this run please register ASAP by using This Link

This week’s run will start from outside Greenford station which is on both the Central Line and the Mainline. There will be no bag drop, run with what you bring, runners should start between 18.45 and 1900 hours, walkers can start from 18.30 hours onward. Runners who start too early are liable to catch up with the Hare. There will be a drink stop.

The on after pub is The Black Horse, 425 Oldfield Lane Greenford UB6 0AS Map Link , where four tables have been reserved for us from 2000 hours. Greenford station is a 10 minute walk from the pub.

Run 1831 – Thursday 27th May ~ Teddington

Hare – Dunny Penny

Registration is required for all participants in West London runs during the current pandemic. If you plan to come on this run please register ASAP by using This Link.

The trail will start from Teddington Lock, near The Anglers pub, Map Link and there will be a trail of chalk P arrows from Teddington station to guide you to the start point. Start on trail any time after 18.30 hours, the faster you run the later you should start. The trail will be 9 km long with shortcuts. Duration: 50 – 60 mins for runners and about the same for SCBs. There will be a drink stop on trail which will be open from 19:20 hours. The Hare has booked a large number of tables for us in the garden of the Anglers from 20:00 hours, this will be about 5 mins walk from the drink drink stop. Entry to the pub will be via top secret password to be revealed in confidence at the drink stop. 

Tips from the Hare: The trail uses a small area, and is will be very tightly marked to take us through some great terrain. There will be few checks to keep you on the best bits of the area. FOLLOW THE TRAIL MARKINGS – especially important in the first 5km / 30 minutes, if you try to be clever and/or use local knowledge to jump across to runners you see in the distance you will not only miss out on some lovely territory but could end up getting very confused and running round in ever decreasing circle until you disappear up your own bum.

 The drink stop is not the main event, please support our local hospitality industry by attending the pub after the run. The Hare may need to adjust our booking according to how many register, so please register ASAP using the above link, we have re-introduced the field on the registration form to indicate whether or not you plan to come to the pub after the run, please use this.

The Hare will be available on the WLH3 runners on trail Whatsapp group from 18:30 to 20:30 to help out the challenged.

Run 1830 – Thursday 20th May ~ Ravenscourt Park

Hares – Smart Arse and Kebab

Registration is required for all participants in West London runs during the current pandemic. If you plan to come on this run please register ASAP by using This Link.

This week’s run will start from The Prince of Wales Townhouse, 73 Dalling Road, Hammersmith, W6 0JD map link. The nearest underground station is Ravenscourt Park and a ‘p-trail’ will be marked from this station to help you find the pub.

The usual anti-Covid protocols will apply, no bag drop, run with what you bring and a staggered start in groups of up to six. The trail of 9 km will have two options for short cutting, to suit all tastes. The hares have a map to illustrate this and will meet you at the start of the trail. Walkers leave from 18.30 hours, runners should start by 19.00. There will be a beer stop towards the end of the trail and tables are booked at the pub from 20.00 until 22.00, seating arrangements will be decided by the Hares when the number of attendees is known.

The pub is a member of The Big Smoke group and has a large number of beers on tap. Order your drinks by scanning the QR code at the bottom of the food menu. The ‘collect a stamp’ system is not running at present but they will honour a free beer for completed cards, from The Express Tavern, and any others in the group, if you have one. Also, Thursday night is Steak Night, if any of you are interested. You will need the NHS Covid app to check in to the venue, or you can do this manually as you enter.