Training officially began for next year’s Brighton half marathon last Monday. The week was not a typical week, though, so rather than follow the programme, whose demands are in any case very modest in the first of sixteen weeks, I took my training as it came:
- Tuesday: swim
- Wednesday: the last ever session with the Seaford Striders Couch to 5k group. I led the medium paced group, who set a smart pace over about 2.5 miles
- Saturday: Peacehaven parkrun, with the Couch to 5k group. In spite of disappointing conditions, wet and quite windy, they all acquitted themselves splendidly. See the results here, a race report here and photographs here, including the handsome one below, taken by Tony Humphreys, photographer by appointment to Seaford Striders.
- Sunday was my first cross-country event of the 2017-2018 season, Warren Hill, near Eastbourne. The weather was bright, but cold in a vicious north-westerly, and the event well-attended. It consists of a long downhill and, inevitably, an equally long and tough uphill. A runner was unfortunate enough to suffer a stroke on the course, and was air-lifted to hospital by the Kent, Surrey and Sussex Air Ambulance; it appears that a road ambulance was on its way, but involved in a collision in East Dean.
Total mileage this week: 10.68 miles
103 days till the Brighton Half.
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