Three Forts Challenge – 1st May 2016

9 05 2016

Most of my training for this year’s Brighton marathon was off-road, up on the South Downs. It’s my favourite place to run now – far more relaxing than the roads and it has really helped my endurance. After the marathon, hoping to make the most of my training, I entered the The Three Forts Challenge, also known as  The Tough One. It’s a 27 mile route on the South Downs, starting in Worthing. It takes in the ancient hill forts of Cissbury Ring, Chanctonbury Ring and Devil’s Dyke. 3450 ft of climbing and nearly 6 hours to complete. What was I thinking of?!

Tough it certainly is but to take your mind off the aches and pains, the route is set in stunning countryside and brilliantly marshalled by some wonderful volunteers.


3Forts Challenge May 2016 by 15:22:09

‘Running’ up the final slope to Cissbury Ring with Paul.


I ran the whole distance with my friend Paul who I’ve been running with for years now – we started running 5km parkruns at Hove park, 7 years ago and now look at us!

Coming up to the finish after nearly 6 hours felt like a real achievement and it has really changed my focus on what I’ll enter this year. The Moyleman in Lewes and Beachy Head marathon are definitely on my list of things to do and I’ll certainly be back for The Tough One next year.

3Forts Challenge May 2016 by 14:48:20

Finishing never felt such a relief !

Three Forts Challenge

Cissbury Ring

Chanctonbury Ring

Devil’s Dyke



Under 4% part 1

8 05 2016

As experiments go, this could run for some time! A while ago, I tried out some low alcohol beers that were around 0.5% but none really grabbed me as an alternative to real ale and certainly not something I’d choose in place of my favourite local ale, Harveys Sussex Best Bitter, which happens to be 4.0%. If the beer tastes good then I don’t really care what the ABV is and so finding the best beer under 4.0% sounds like a fun experiment.

Here are the first 4 I’ve tried. I won’t try to rank them as they were all very different types and flavours but I enjoyed them all.


  1. Hepworth: Sussex Ale. (3.5% ABV, 500ml)  Horsham, West Sussex.
    The only beer to be gluten free and suitable for Vegans.
  2. Brewdog: Dead Pony Club (3.8% ABV, 330ml) Balmacassie Industrial Estate, Ellon, Aberdeenshire.
    This has an amazingly strong citrus aroma (grapefruit) and really refreshing in summer.
  3. Firebird: Two Horses (3.8% ABV, 330ml) Rudgwick, West Sussex.
  4. Harveys: Blue Label (3.6% ABV, 500ml)
    Much like Harveys Sussex Best bitter – will definitely try this again.
    The only bottle in this group that can be returned to be washed and refilled. (Why can’t more do this?)For a great blog on ale and running read

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