South Downs Relay 2017

February12/ 2017

Hi all,

Steyning AC has once again been invited to participate in the South Downs Relay, this year on Saturday 3rd June, 2017.

It is a fantastic event, that involves a team of 6 runners covering the very scenic 100 mile-ish South Downs Way between Beachy Head and Chilcomb near Winchester. (picture panoramic seascapes, rolling hills, forests!), in relay fashion, taking turns to run 3 legs each over the course of the day, with a minibus carrying the rest of the team between legs.

I have been a runner and team captain for the SAC team for the South Downs Relay for the past two years, but due to other commitments, I’m not able to run or be there on the day this year.

That in mind, I am writing now to invite runners, driver(s) and will be looking for one of these people to take over my captain position this year. Having said that, I’m happy to help organise minibus, payments, do emails, etc if this year’s captain would prefer not to, so given the fact it’s very much a team event and everyone does their bit learning routes, etc, I don’t see it being too daunting a responsibility to assume!

As usual, previous runners and driver are very welcome/encouraged to reapply! Note this year our club is only allowed one team, due to a cap on numbers, but ideally we’ll have a couple of reserve runners, in case of injury closer to the date.

If you haven’t taken part in this event previously, please consider the following:

1) It is an all-day event (could be 14 hours+)

2) Each runner runs three legs of between 4 and 8 miles in length and you will be expected to recce each one in advance (potentially three more days commitment).

3) The driver will need to have permission to drive a minibus on their license (this was on older pre 1990’s driving licenses by default, but not on newer ones)

4) The club will pay for the entry fee, but runners will need to pay for minibus hire (previous years this has worked out around ÂŁ30 each including petrol – a bargain for an event like this!)

Please let me know if you’re happy to be a runner, driver, reserve and/or captain.

Once I have a list of names, I will get back to you to confirm we have enough runners for a team and we can move forward with arranging leg allocation, times estimates, minibus hire, etc.

The club needs to get any team details back to the organisers before the 1st April so please contact me as soon as possible at

You can find more info at:

In the meantime, to whet your appetites, here is a link to a review I wrote of last year’s event:


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