150km, Vespas and a swim on Brighton beach

31 08 2015
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Overlooking Brighton from bridleway down from Woodingdean

Exploring off-road – that’s  going to be the focus of my running now. Yesterday, I headed out towards East Brighton, climbing up Bear Rd towards Brighton Racecourse. At the top, I normally head down Wilson Avenue, towards the sea but this time I kept going until I reached the golf course. It’s a view of Brighton I’ve never seen and there’s a great bridleway to run down. As soon as I get off pavements, my pace slows a little and it feels so much more relaxing, even the steep sections.

I’ve since looked at the map and realized that had I continued out towards Woodingdean, I could have easily found a path towards Castle Hill National Nature Reserve. Then I’d be only a km or two from the South Downs Way. Hmmm a half marathon route on the Downs would be amazing.

Once I’d got down to seafront near Brighton Marina I followed the seafront. There was a huge reunion of Mods along Madeira Drive with so many Vespas all looking immaculate. Then past the pier, under the enormous i360 and along to the less busy Hove lawns. The sea was so calm and inviting, I had to go in for a dip. Not cold but so refreshing.

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Big reunion of Mods in Brighton. Overheard a tourist saying “I’ve seen Vespas everywhere!”

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Après swim!

15km in all bringing up 160km this month. One more day to go for to have completed 5k every day in August.



Coney Wood to Green Ridge, Brighton

28 08 2015
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Entrance to the path

Having now run over 100km in Brighton this month, I’ve been keen to explore a few more off-road routes. The northern side of Brighton has some open spaces that give great views of the city and my favourite part is a stretch of land that starts near Patcham.

If you leave Brighton on London Road, there is a door sized gap in a stone wall just before your reach Patcham. Follow the steps that lead up to Coney Hill, a large expanse of grassland. You cant get onto the grassland but the path leads around the outside of this space, through woodland to Coney Wood and then on to  the Patcham Windmill. The last section is Green Ridge.  Took me about 20 minutes at a slow jog. More information can be found here. Over the weekend I’m going to continue this path which takes you all the way to Hove Park and a good view of the new  i360 tower.



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Path leading towards Coney Wood

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Through Coney Wood there is a small section of open path to the Windmill.

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Looking back at the Windmill from Green Ridge.

Running in Cornwall and Dorset

25 08 2015

Just returned from a week in Carbis Bay near St. Ives.  Unusually low tides made some 5k runs possible on sand running from Carbis Bay to Lelant and back again. It looked possible to run all the way to the Godrevy lighthouse but I didn’t fancy crossing the river Hayle – it didn’t look that deep at low tide but I wasn’t sure if I’d get back before the tide came back in.

My favourite run was coming back to Carbis Bay on the coastal path. Although there are a couple of steep sections, it is a good surface throughout and great views.

coastal path at Lelant looking toward St. Ives
Running the coastal path at Lelant looking toward St. Ives, Cornwall.

 I stopped off in Shaftesbury, Dorset on my way back to Brighton and found a lovely run close to the town. Spectacular views again looking South West out into Blackmore Vale. Thomas Hardy country!


Back to Brighton now. parkrun on Saturday then 2 days left to complete #5keveryday.

5k every day…in August!

3 08 2015

Decided to get my Brighton marathon 2016 off to an early start with a little challenge to run a 5k every day throughout August.

1st Aug Visiting parents in Horsham so squeezed in the Horsham parkrun. I did the inaugural run there a year ago – very slowly – and so my second run turned out to be a PB. Woohoo!

2nd Aug  Went out around 6pm and got down to the seafront to find the tide right out and a rare sandy beach.  It was so warm I had to go in for my first swim! Did 6km in all, admittedly in two parts. Evening capped off seeing the ISS fly overhead – never tire of seeing it.




which turned out to be a PB as it was only my second run there.

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