The gallery from the Downland running festival with the Ultra 30 and Jack and Jill 5 mile Challenge is now live on the website here:
Overall it was a pretty good day for a run. From the top at Ditchling beacon (see above image) rain could be seen over towards Horsham, locally it remained dry but breezy across the south downs for the whole day.
On a day with particularly clear views (you can see Box hill and the north downs in the photo below) it was the cold wind up top that presented more of a challenge for the Ultra 30 runners on the way home.
James Baker got even closer to the 5 mile Jack'n'Jill race record, almost there - so some unfinished business next year...
Waterstation duties were conducted in a very serious and controlled manner on the Ultra30
Plenty of family support and picnics at the Clayton fields
Still smiling after 30 miles ? Jen, you're mad :-)
It was a dead heat in the Ultra30 mens race - here's the photo finish...
The new flags of HHH showing the way to get home - which I much prefer to the scaffolding :
Next race ?
If you like trail runs - next week there is the Milland Valley Trail run - much tighter paths in some places, quite a lot in woods - have a look here for more details:
They are taking entries on the day - but make sure you are there at least an hour early if that's your plan to avoid the queues and help everyone get things started on time.
It's a placid few weeks through the summer holidays now so hopefully I'll get some of those much needed pieces of DIY done, revamp a bit of the website and do all those things on the "to be put off until later" list. Holiday ? unlikely - 24/7 web galleries take a lot of time to run and nurture - and with some potential customers phoning up after 8pm at night (?!?!) there is never really a great opportunity to rest.
If my knees recover from yesterdays kneeling and grovelling about trying to get the right angle on the downland slopes, I might even manage a light run myself.
Enjoy the gallery, have a nice break from work if you are, and see you out at an event soon,
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