Race report – Beachy Head Half Marathon 18.10.20

It was with delight that we saw one of the first organised races in Sussex was finally able to go ahead. BH Frontrunners co-chair and LIRF, Claire took part in the race. Check out her race report below!

“I was so excited that there was finally a REAL race that I could take part in after months of events being postponed and cancelled during lockdown. It didn’t disappoint.

It was well organised and Covid-safe guidelines strictly adhered to. I arrived early for my race in a school field close to the start line and found a spot 2 meters away from other runners. The race operated a staggered start with some of the faster runners starting first. I crossed the start line 15 minutes after the first racers, so not too long to wait.

The course was gruelling at times, there is no hiding that truth… With steep hills and cliffs to climb along the way. But the effort was rewarded 10 fold by the incredible views of the rolling south downs and seven sisters cliffs. We were also lucky to be rain and mist free that day so runners were able to enjoy the countryside and sea in their full glory.

By about mile 10.5 I thought my legs were going on strike, but I persevered…. Thankfully the last mile and a half was all downhill… So I let myself    meander down to the finish line.

My efforts were rewarded with a pasty and a lovely race medal featuring the Beachy Head lighthouse.

I think that’s the first year that the half marathon has been run alongside 10k and marathon distance events. I hope to see this scheduled in future years.”