The steep climb takes us back to meet the South Downs Way to Upper Beeches, where at 23.5 miles the track leads back down around the woods from the beginning.
The decline is very steep, muddy and scattered with ruts and tree roots again. Although I am pulled down at a dangerous fast pace, I try my best to keep my eyes glued on where I am placing my feet.
After a mile I nearly miss the arrow sign and marshal to the left, where it is over a style and then a mile long stretch following the fence around the perimeter of the wood. Memories from the last Stinger come back to me and I had forgotten about this last section.
Very undulating and on thick grass, it seems to go on for ages before meeting the fields back at Mouse Lane near the School.
I can see a small group of supporters and then hear the shouts and cheering. Once closer I can spot a Bosh tee or two then Sunday. Steve, Tina and even John Fitzgerald have made it along for the finish.
Rachel is here at the finish after completing the half marathon. She had an amazing race and loved the route and great scenery. We will see her again next year.
Such a great surprise!
Finally the end and I can rest the legs...
Half marathon results
Jonathan, Jane, Darren, Trefor and Shawn reach the finish soon enough. Caked in mud and tired but with huge smiles of achievement etched on their faces!
I say goodbye to everyone and have a well deserved breakfast back at the School with Shawn, Donna and Sunday.