Posted: 05/06/2013 at 23:51
No midges. South Downs drain really well so it will probably be rock hard underfoot. For anyone happy running downhill in road shoes they will probably be fine. I usually wear hybrids just because I feel better going downhill in them., Drinks in both cups and bottles depending on the station, some gels also.
No cakes at the finish but there is usually a van selling drinks / sausages / burgers etc. Nice place to finish as you can sit around on the grass watching everyone come in.
Public transport to start - get train to either Arundel or Barnham and taxi to Slindon. If coming from London area consider getting a return to Havant (any route)where the two train lines meet so that you can get a train down to Arundel and back from Petersfield.
Fantastic race but exposed to the elements so advisable to bring sun cream and possibly extra hydration. Save something for the last 6 miles - the worst of the hills are over by then but don't underestimate this bit.