After attempting to warm up, the gun went (or more precisely someone shouted ready steady go) and we set off down Mill road with Arundel Castle nestling behind and fantastic views of Swanbourne lake. With a field of just 127 runners, the race was small but friendly, enabled cheery companionship but also allowed for space and a sense of tranquillity in beautiful surroundings.
The first hill came in as we approached the Black Rabbit pub (usually a pit stop) and from here we climbed up to 135ft – an undulating course with spectacular views across the River Arun. Towards the end of mile two, we ran down a lovely hill into the village of South Stoke only to turn around and run straight back up it again. However, there was water on hand and cheers of support from the friendly marshals.
The last mile of the course is flat and follows an exhilarating downhill. The run to the finish line as you come over the bridge by Swanbourne Lake is amazing. The beauty of Arundel with closed roads and a small crowd can’t be beaten.
To top off what was a thoroughly enjoyable running experience, Chris Lacey came in 4th place (29.42) and both Steve Feest and Mike Osman came in the top 10. Jo Turner was the second lady across the line (33.38) and all of our striders ran brilliantly. This race wasn’t about times and winners or losers, it was about showing our support for all those affected by Cancer and I think I can say, we did them proud!