Striders take part in ever popular NPS Lions half marathon

436 2 in 2 days Zoe King & 209 John Kingshott PB. Picture by Tony Humphreys

436 2 in 2 days Zoe King & 209 John Kingshott PB. Picture by Tony Humphreys

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The ever popular NPS Lions Seaford half marathon took place with 21 adult Striders competing on home territory, whilst the juniors expertly ran a water station.

The monies raised are used for charitable purposes and whilst maintaining an understated feel, the race attracts rave reviews for its wonderful scenery, varied terrain, welcome water stations and enthusiastic marshals.

Starting on the seafront the route heads inland taking in Bishopstone village and is then almost exclusively off-road.

A few stiles initially caused bunching in the pack, but the runners soon started to get strung out as they tackled the 5 mile climb to Bo Peep on the South Downs Way.

The views are spectacular on this part of the course and the route is shared with just the odd rambler and mountain biker before a welcome but tricky descent into Alfriston. Next is a stretch on a somewhat rutted path along the Cuckmere valley to Exceat before one final climb to South Hill Barn. The end is then literally in sight as the ankle twisting descent of Seaford Head is negotiated after which those having anything left in their legs had the opportunity for a sprint in the final mile along the seafront to the finish.

In a field of 500 a number of runners struggled in the baking heat of a glorious summers day, which was reflected in finishing times a good 10 minutes slower than normal.

Full report in Friday’s Sussex Express

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