All the Sunday morning Bosh gang are here to meet for their out and back run along the seafront once we set off. I get to meet Richard who has found the love of running again after shedding a huge amount of weight. He is doing great building up his confidence and stamina for his first marathon next year.
Lucy and Mark arrive and we all chat running and life before just 15 minutes are left to walk to the start.
The Bosh runners wish us the best before taking a spot along the front to watch all the runners begin.
John isn't running today, although he had planned to. He is feeling under the weather and thinks it not best to push it, especially as the sun is warmer now.
Soon enough we are on the off and sprinting up the seafront before heading onto the main road, under the railway and across the A259. Marshals stop all the traffic to allow us to the other side safely.
We group together quite tightly on the first climb out towards Bishopstone. The track is rutted, very dry and dusted below. It narrows in places with high nettles and brambles. It
is not easy to over take slower runners, so I just stay comfortable for the steady climb until I see a larger path to pass along.
The track levels out, cuts through the hedges then heads down steep into the fields. I can catch up my pace and on the next climb to Bo Peep the path is all open grass so I can run on feel again. The incline is steady but testing this early on.
The breeze is a nice welcome!
I am carrying my Salomon S-Lab5 with my water bladder today, which will keep me going and be no need to stop for lots of water.
I can see the faster runners ahead and the field has spread out leaving more gaps. I manage to pick up my pace here and start to over take some runners around the river trail.
The route is now heading through Frog Firle and back towards the A259. Soon enough we meet the road and a marshal stops the traffic in both directions, so we can run over the small, narrow bridge then cut through The Cuckmere Inn carpark.
I take it steady on the inclines at a 12:00min/mile pace as I want to save my climbing legs for next weekends big event, South Downs 100.
The track evens out only briefly after a mile, before reaching a longer climb up to South Hill Barn. Another water stop and steady incline up and over to Seaford Head and the golf course.
The trail leads around the golf course until it meets the cliff edge and Vanguard Way public path to Seaford seafront.
The last mile is rather tiresome on the flat pavement and it is good to reach the finish at last. I make it in 15th position, a personal best time of 1:38:58 from my first try two years ago.
Very pleased but then this wasn't an actual race for me as such as I have a 100 miler next weekend I am focused on...
I collect my medal and wait for the other Bosh runners to come into the finish.
A great local event and perfect running conditions for us today