Posted: Yesterday at 13:17
Today is my long slow run day & I decided to include a few bits of the Brighton marathon route which may interest those of you wondering what's in store on a tiny subsection (a slow 75 minute amble)...
I've just taken this from my running diary, picking up near the marathon start:
Reaching the North West corner of Preston Park... Here I jogged along the very wide park path where I think the marathon start is to be about 2/3 of the way along it. I didn't do the loop around the park that us non-elite runners will have to do but headed for The Level. This is a nice tree bordered park with some open spaces, a skateboard area and a cafe. After this, on past St. Peters church, (a lovely sight & one of the first for me after getting off a train in Brighton & heading down Trafalgar Street on my way to a degree course interview back in about 1984!). From here I went along the two island gardens North of the "Old Steine" and then crossed into the ground of the Prince Regents Palace, The Royal Pavilion. The marathon route doesn't go through the gardens but past the other side of the Pavilion. I got married in there! It doesn't take long to pass through the lovely palace gardens and then I headed along East Street, to the South of the famous Brighton Lanes. Once along here I came out on the busy Grand Junction Road just missing Brighton's remaining intact pier. Crossing the road I stayed on the pavement above the promenade passing many well known buildings until road works forced me off there & down to the beach. Here I picked up the lovely promenade path passed the skeleton of the burnt out West Pier. I can remember getting to visit this pier during the Art Festival one year to witness it in its last few decaying years. Fascinating & somehow spooky imagining all those visitors enjoying it back in time.
Snapping back to the present; the promenade goes past all sort of things & then picks up Hove Lawns. Just before it does there's the Peace Statue which I decided to detour around. From here I carried on along the prom' with the sea on my left and the lawns on my right. As I was just pootling along at a fairly sedate pace I had expect more people to have passed me, anyone at all in fact. I'd almost run out of lawns, getting about level with Kings House, (council offices), before anyone did. Then about 4 or 5 people passed in a fairly short space of time. Except for one couple, these folks didn't seem to be in a group. I carried on past the colourful beach huts & to the end of the lawns. Here there are a few more buildings near the prom' including Marrocco's where you can get some rather nice ice cream. I've no time for an ice cream right now & carry on, passing the King Alfred leisure centre (possibly soon to be turned into something else). Here you get to a mixture of odd things that look like painted concrete block beach huts, (not horrible but not as nice as the others), more of the usual colourful beach huts, a few small fishing boats (some crumbling away), the occasional cafe and other small buildings near bowling green's & such like. I carried on to the stripy door of beach hut 218, mindful of my running time, where I headed back towards Grand Avenue with Kings House on the corner. Here there's a statue of Queen Victoria and in my head I asked if she was amused. At this point I almost tripped over so perhaps she was.
From the beach hut where I turned around I notice that I'm getting hotter suddenly. It seems that I've been running into a barely noticeable breeze & now, going the other way, I'm mostly running at about the same pace as the air so my own heat is following me & I'm carrying my own sauna along in my wake! Luckily for me, I turn perpendicular to the wind at the Queen Victoria statue.
Here I'm breaking off from the marathon route & head back