Race Report: The Rathfinny Run


The Rathfinny Run takes place at the Rathfinny vineyards near Alfriston in East Sussex. The vineyard is on the south facing slope of the downs, so despite the cold breeze, it was mostly in the sun and beautiful scenery to admire as you run. The single loop of the estate runs on a grass track between the vines, and is distinctly undulating as it climbs up a few fields and then drops back down. A single lap is 10.7 km, and there is also an option to run 2 laps for a half marathon.

I had entered the 1 lap event, and didn’t know quite what to expect. I think this is the shortest race I’ve run in about 10 years, so I even had a warm up jog before the start.

Once the race was underway I soon settled into an uncomfortably fast pace, and remembered why I prefer the more relaxed pacing of ultra-marathons. Nevertheless I kept pushing hard, reminding myself to run up the hills instead of walking, and chasing down some runners who had shot out of the blocks off the start.

It was a fun event, and I would certainly recommend it, especially as all entrants received a discount voucher for the wine shop. Their sparkling wine is superb, and I can now recommend their Pinot Noir as well. Although I enjoyed it, i will be returning to longer events very soon.

I was pleasantly surprised to finish in 7th place, and 1st M50

Congratulations to everyone else racing at the weekend.
David Barker