South Downs Relay Urgent!

March20/ 2017

Hi all,

We are still looking for club members to make up a team for this year’s South Downs Relay on Saturday 3rd June, 2017.
A few year’s ago the club had invitation places for three teams but two of these places have been lost and taken up by clubs on the waiting list.
If we are unable to field a team this year then there is a chance that the club’s last place in the event will also be lost.

We need to confirm our participation by the 1st April so please can you get back to me or Sam Langdon asap if you are interested in taking part.

I am happy to liaise with the organisers once we have enough interest.
The event details from Sam’s previous post are included below.



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.


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 £30 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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