South Downs Way Relay - Interested?

(June 04, 2016)

South Downs Way Relay

Calling all ‘off road’ runners who would like a fantastic day out running along the South Downs Way with a group of fellow Harriers.  This year the South Downs Way Relay takes place on Saturday 4th June – details on the official website (  For those of you that haven’t heard of this before, the race entails groups of 6 runners running the entire length of the South Downs Way from Eastbourne to Winchester.  This is a run of just under 100 miles split between 6 runners averaging just over 16 miles each in 3 legs each of anything from 4 to 8.5 miles.  Anyone who is capable of running a half marathon should consider doing this – it really is a great event, last year there were 67 teams running along the Downs finishing with a BBQ and presentation party at a sports field just outside Winchester – and in recent years it has been mostly sunny!  It’s a long day out – leaving Haywards Heath at 4 in the morning and getting back at 11 in the evening, and you need to spend time reccying your legs beforehand – but you’ll end up with a smile on your face and something talk about for many days to come.

We are entering 3 teams this year:

A team (captained by Tom Mullen) – aiming for a top 3 finish, recruiting the best runners in the club.

Ladies team (captained by Michelle Pearce) – also pushing for a high finish.

B team (captained by Tim Hicks) – a mixture of men/women/seniors/vets/new members/old members aiming for a decent finish and a fun day out – if we have some fast runners we can also accommodate some slower runners and still beat the cut-off, so if you’re not sure you’re quick enough talk to me anyway.

We need 6 runners per team, 2 reserve runners per team (reserves usually end up running!), and 2 drivers per team.  The club pays the entry fee and each runner pays about £30 to cover minibus hire, petrol etc.  If anyone is interested please get in touch with any of the three captains and we can give you more details.

Tom Mullen

Michelle Pearce

Tim Hicks

or email on [email protected]

also see the Harriers webpage on the relay


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