High Weald Challenge

On Sunday 8th July I took part in the High Weald Challenge, a slightly longer than a marathon organised by those lovely LDWA chaps, so there were runners and walkers.

If any of you have done these challenges before, like Gatliff or Winter Tanners you’ll know that there are about 8 pages of instructions of self navigate through the countryside, punctuated by a couple of well stocked checkpoints. Entry was only £8 so no medal, t-shirt etc. I use them as good honest training runs.

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Welsh Marathon

I took part and paraded the deckchair around the Welsh Marathon in Tenby. The marathon is one of several distance events on day 3 of the ‘Long Course Weekend’. Basically you can complete a full or half ironman but with each of the disciplines taking place on consecutive days, with each discipline being a free standing event, so you can enter one, two, or all three events at any of the available distances

It was hot and hilly. I was aiming to finish at somewhere around 4 hours, and with a half way time of 2.02 and feeling good, it seemed a good possibility. However, the second half was really tough and my finishing time slipped to 4.19.20, good enough for 2nd MV60.

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Essex 30

On Saturday I ran the Essex 30. This a 4 lap race, and takes place at the same time as the Essex 100 (12 laps) and Essex 50 (6 laps). The route is mostly off road on the Flitch Way, a disused railway line and very similar our local Forest Way – flat, straight and reasonably well shaded. The shade was particularly welcome, as it was a hot and sunny day.

As the sharper readers will have realised, at one third distance of the 100 mile race the Essex 30 is slightly misnamed, and is in fact just over 34 miles long. All Challenge Running events tend to give runners a couple of bonus free miles!

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Eastbourne Golden Mile and 5k Race

This morning long after the Staplehurst 6 had claimed their prizes, the Eastbourne 6 were preparing to race both a mile and a 5k along Eastbourne promenade in the blazing sunshine (no shady country lanes for us!)

The Mile kicked off at 10am and was a straight line course along the promenade back to the “start” – where the 5k started some 45 mins or so later. The 5k then went back to the mile start, did a turn round and then went past the start/finish for half a mile or so and then back with the only incline in each race about 200m from the finish – thankfully! We did however have to dodge the hundreds of amblers, children on bikes and tourists along the promenade together with the land train at one point – all of which made for interesting wiggles and somewhat frustrating yells of “runner coming through” at some points!

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Mid Kent 5 Mile

This morning 6 Harriers competed in the Mid Kent 5 Mile race starting and finishing at the Cricket & Tennis Club in Staplehurst.

It was nearly 20C when we arrived and the temperature continued to rise, pushing 30C as we left to go home afterwards. Run on quiet country lanes with some welcome shade, this fast and almost flat (there were two short inclines to negotiate) course provided good PB potential. The event was well organised with a race briefing before the short walk to the start and there were plenty of marshals throughout.

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Rye Summer Series 10km – Race #1

Five deckchairs travelled to a sun soaked Rye Harbour for the first installment of the Classic Summer Race Series. 103 completed the flat 10km run, an out n back course extending to Winchelsea Beach for the turn point.

This was my first outting at this fantastic low key event, chip timing and welcoming organisation offering great value for money.

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Bewl 15 2018 Race Report

Today I ran the 19th edition of Bewl 15, a very well organised Wadhurst Runners event which I’m sure many of you have ran before. It is mostly off road around Bewl Water and through the lanes surrounding the reservoir with a few challenging hills at the end.

Conditions were tough with temperatures reaching 26°C so well done to everyone getting round in one piece.

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Ranscombe Summer Challenge Marathon

Yesterday I headed to Ranscombe (near Gravesend) for another Saxons, Vikings and Normans event – Ranscombe Summer. Having done the Ranscombe Winter in January and experienced the delights of a very hiller, killer course that was best described at sheet mud, I figured lets experience the course in a slightly different way.

It certainly was different, no mud in sight, yesterday was more like an oven, some shade through the wood, steep downhills that you had to pigeon step down for risk of falling, steep uphills that had you pigeon stepping up, but the views and how pretty all the summer flowers were just blew me away – I can only describe it as stunning.

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