Brighton Trail Marathon – 26/06/2022
Nine Jags set out for Brighton on Saturday 25th June to take part in the inaugural Trail Marathon there, and managed to arrive safely at our Air BnB in spite of the train strike and busy roads.
Early on Sunday we walked to the start in East Brighton Park and all set off at once -instead of the planned four waves going off at intervals – and ground to a halt after half a mile waiting for 1000 people to file through the first gate! After that it was plain sailing on an absolutely beautiful day. It was fairly breezy on the high ridges and we were pleased it wasn’t raining … The views were stunning. Nearly everyone just walked up all the (very long and steep) climbs, so it was a more relaxed event than a road marathon. It gave you the chance to chat to other runners as well as club mates, making for a friendly atmosphere. The aid stations were well stocked with gels, snacks and isotonic drink as well as water and the route was clearly marked over the bridleways and grassy downland paths. The final section was a few miles of mainly downhill wooded trail to Stanmer Park; I’m still paying for that with very sore quads two days on! Everyone was pleased to finish with a respectable time – it certainly was good endurance training.
We all had a great time and thoroughly enjoyed the route over the South Downs behind Brighton. We would all recommend taking part next year, if you enjoy trail running.