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I've run this low key even for the past 2 years. If you are a seasoned Ultra runner, this one is a must for the scenery and the hills. For any beginner to Ultras, or jumping up from marathon distance, this is just 4 miles over marathon but don't think about splits and mins per mile.....just enjoy the cameraderie and the experience of a fantastic run on the beautiful south downs.
Those who remember last year will remember that Sean Ketteridge won in under 4 hours and John MacKenzie who is nearly 85 years old came in 17th place! Not forgetting the bloke who ran in the 5 fingers shoes and regretted it, the guy who ran barefoot and regretted it more. Who could behold a sight more random thatn the naked rambler, trotting along Ditchling Beacon on the return!
This is an unmarked course but don't let that daunt you. The SDW is well waymarked. There are 3 marshalled aid points on the way on this switchback course so carry fluid especially if it is a hot one as the return up the beacon from 23 miles is a relentless climb.I'm returning to my first ultra since breaking my leg in 3 places earlier this year so no pressure!