Race Report: Brighton to London 100k

Reports

I was back in familiar territory on Saturday after last week’s uncharacteristic 10k.

The B2L is a trail race starting at 6am at the palace pier in Brighton and finishing in Kingston-on-Thames in London.

The route is almost entirely off road, crossing the South Downs and then at 70k a tough climb over the North Downs. Although it finished with a few residential streets the route also took in quite a bit of the London Loop so as much trail running as possible. The finish was by the Thames in Kingston.

My first 100k was in 2013 but ended in injury and a DNF at 60k. Since then I’ve tried the distance a few times but always failed to finish. So I’m delighted to report I finished in 12hrs 55, good enough for 19th place.

The race offered a gold medal for finishing under 12 hours. Silver medal for under 14 hours and an 18 hour cutoff.

With my history of failure at this distance I had planned to start slow and just aim for a finish and took plenty of walking breaks to ensure I was eating well. The trail was very soggy in places but the bluebells in the woods were spectacular.

The winning time was 9:18 by Paul Grieve, and amazing performance given the hills and trail conditions.

Men

1. Paul Grieve.  9:18

2. Mark Beauchamp  10:35

3. Chris Lamour 11:10

Women

1. Catherine Higgins. 12:41

2. Sarah Harris 13:26

3. Gemma Read 13:29

David Barker