Dee picked me up at 6.30am, and it was no mean feat to get up seeing as I had been on a 10hour pubcrawl the day before.
But I navigated us succesfully to clayton playing fields near burgess hill were at 9am we set off with graeme
on the 30mile downlands challenge that goes along the South Downs way. The problem
with South Downs way is it is hardly ever flat, it is either up or down and the paths
are quite stony at times. Gradually this takes quite a toll
on the leg muscles and they get stiffer and stiffer, We were altogether
at the halfway mark, were we met Hilary and the girls, we also found
that Dee was third woman, So we made an extra effort to push on. Going
back was immediatley harder there were more and longer climbs and Dee had
had a blister from the 7mile point. Never the less we plowed on, Dee was
good on the downhills and Graeme was strong on the uphills, initially
graeme was ahead but we lost touch with graeme after a very long downhill.
The final descent from the windmill was torturous on the legs there was
a lot of swearing going on and we had to then push ourselves to the
line but we missed the 5 hour mark by 38 seconds, Grame came in at
5hrs 22mins, well over 2hours better than his previous attempt, We were all
very glad to see the finish line. Dee had kept her third place overall quite easily.