According to the Mike King flowchart of such things it appears its down to me to write the race report for the second race in the Rye Summer Series. I actually think the flowchart says “did anyone else race as well as Mike? If yes – they write the report…”
Anyway it was another hot summers evening for this fast flat 10k from Rye Harbour. We hoped that the heat might mean that the fast runners had stayed away and gone to the pub to enjoy the lovely evening but when the fast runners are only 16 years old that theory falls down!!!
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!
When I signed up for the Mid Sussex Marathon Weekend a few weeks ago, the weather was cold and grey and I thought it would be a good way to make the most of a miserable bank holiday weekend – needless to say I was having second thoughts as the weekend approached with talk of the hottest early May Bank Holiday on record – what idiot would put themselves through three days of racing in the heat when it could be spent sitting in a pub garden or generally relaxing and enjoying the sunshine??!!?
Well it appeared that there were nearly 300 such “idiots” who ran the three events which make up this really enjoyable but very challenging series of races which total a marathon over the three days.
Meet Harrisons Rocks car park in Groombridge for a 9.30am start. The carpark costs £1 per hour (I think) so dont forget to bring some coins for parking – or park in the village and run down to the car park!
I’ve attached a map showing the three routes – most of us usually do the middle route at a sociable pace with plenty of re-grouping and pausing to admire the scenery and take photos.