Race regulation starts early for the ultra race from 7:00, with a race brief and then starting time of 8:25. Followed by the marathon, half then lastly the 10k race.
Today myself and fellow ultra running friend Nick will be attempting the full 34 mile ultra course that uses all three routes, then finishing with the 10k route after covering 28 miles. We just have to pass the finish area before doing the last leg.... just like the previous CTS I raced.
Today will be fun....
The track leads uphill through the woods towards East Dean, where eventually at 6 miles or so it is the first check point. I am good for water so just scan my chip and thank the team, heading on down the route.
Finding my pace and keeping up with some of the front pack, I take in the scenery and deep woodland trail. The mud is getting thicker in places and proves technical at times.
Once out towards Folkington and deep into the South Downs, the climbs keep on coming. I walk the very steep parts and then after a good 800ft and 10 miles onto the route, I stop for a breather to take in the view.
The rain has cleared and just a strong wind is left....
Fastest Pace: 7:50
Slowest Pace: 12:45
Fastest Pace: 7:47
Slowest Pace: 11:55