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Hundreds of runners set to bask in summer countryside at North Downs Run this weekend

PUBLISHED: 12:00 20 June 2017

Around 600 runners are expected to take part in 2017's North Downs Run

Around 600 runners are expected to take part in 2017's North Downs Run

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The run has taken place every year since the 1980s

Runners are set for to take on a gruelling 30km run through the scenic North Downs this weekend as part of the area’s annual 30km challenge.

Setting off from Cascades Leisure Centre in Gravesend, the gruelling challenge takes on country lanes, tracks and farmland, climbing to heights of 180 metres at its highest point in Holly Hill.

Race director Daryl Lucas is expecting 600 runners to take part in the run.

“Last year we managed to raise between £1,500 and £2,000 for local charities, which are normally decided after the race, while part of the runners’ fee also goes toward the upkeep of the North Downs Way,” he said.

“A lot of hard work has gone into this year’s event, I was out on Sunday cutting back the paths and its looking like a hot one for the runners.”

With temperatures of up to 23 degrees expected in Gravesend, the North Downs Run 2017 starts at 10.30am on Sunday.

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