Scenic Inspiring Trail Running
Trail Running Sussex - The Team
Trail Running Sussex was set up by passionate runners, who wanted to expose the ‘Secret of Sussex’ and share with like minded people the scenic inspiring trails that are in abundance within the county of Sussex, which for many are right ‘On Their Doorstep’!
I have enjoyed running pretty well my entire life, since joining my local running club Hutt Valley Harriers as a 14 year old. Finding that I didn't have much speed, I was attracted to the longer distance and ran my first marathon at the rather young age of 17.
Stuart finishing the 1980 Fletcher Rotorua Marathon
Over the years since my first marathon experience, I have 'dabbled' with other endurance sports, including triathlon, ironman, cycling, and mountain biking, but have found that endurance running has always been my passion, having now logged over 44,000 miles!
Back in 2001 I ran my first trail marathon, and was immediately 'hooked', and wondered why it had taken me so long to discover such an enjoyable and challenging activity, after having spent many years running the roads and being a bit obssessed with finish times and minute mile rates!
During the last eight years, I have extended myself and now run ultra trail events, which involve distances further than the marathon. The longest distance I have run on the trails is the 105 miles of the Lakeland 100, Ultra Tour of the Lake District (UTLD). Although I really enjoy the competitive environment of trail racing, having raced in over 40 trail marathons or ultra trail races, what I actually love the most is simply being out on the trails enjoying the peacefulness and natural beauty of the surrounding landscape.You can keep up with my trail running experiences by visiting my UltraStu blog at http://ultrastu.blogspot.co.uk/
Stuart running the Ultra Trail Mont Blanc
Having experienced the trails of the Lake District, I realised that the trails we have in Sussex are equally as scenic and inspriring, but not as well acknowledged. Discussing various ideas with training partner Kevin on our off-road Saturday morning runs, led to the formation of Trail Running Sussex. I am accredited by England Athletics as a Level 2 Official, and have been Race Director for the Kings Head Canter 5K race for the last ten years, and Race Director for the Weald Challenge and High Weald Challenge Trail Races.
I, similar to Stuart, have spent many years experiencing the joys of endurance running, although I didn't run my first marathon until I was 35 years old. Being happy with getting my personal best marathon time down to 3 hours and 14 minutes, I then had loads of fun doing triathlons, and a bit of cycling and mountain biking in addition to off-road running. I have run the Beachy Head / Seven Sisters Marathon nine times, and have run in total twenty marathons.
Running each Saturday morning with Stuart and listening to his stories about ultra trail running, somehow before I knew it, I had signed up for my first ultra event, the 33 mile Marlborough Challenge. During the event, whilst chatting too much with a fellow competitor, and therefore not paying the necessary attention to the map, my 33 mile ultra became 38 miles! Yes, the joys of trail running, where needing to navigate oneself is often an added feature to the overall enriching experience.
Recently, as the level of my running has increased, my personal best marathon time of 12 years ago now seems to be within reach. So during 2013 I had a slight venture away from the trails, being tempted by the roads, for one last 'blast' at a quick marathon, before returning to the 'freedom' of the trails. I raced two road marathons in 2013 at London and Stockholm, and managed to achieve a personal best of 3 hours 13 minutes. I have now returned back to the trails, enjoying the leisurely pace without worrying about the stopwatch!
Stuart and Kevin at the end of the 33 / 38! mile Marlborough Challenge
Frances, Rob, Chris Mills
Frances: Although I enjoy the trails, and have experienced the 'toughness' of completing a marathon, my real passion is nutrition. My involvement in Trail Running Sussex is helping replenish your depleted energy stores with some homemade gluten free / sugar free snacks which are provided at the finish of the Weald Challenge Trail Races.
Rob: I have run in Dad's King Head Canter 5km race a number of times, however, I prefer riding my scooter or skateboard. I also enjoy listening to my ipod, and making and editing videos. For the Trail Races Dad hires me to take photos of the runners.
Rob on his skateboard
Chris: I have also run in Dad's King Head Canter 5km race, but I really enjoy taking photos, mainly of animals. I also have put together some good animations using our fancy new digital camera. (Here is a link to my photoblog and my youtube channel.)
Chris after the Kings Head Canter 5km
Dad also hires me for the Trail Races to take a photo of you running along the trails, so you have a photographic record of the scenic trails that you will be racing along.
Frances, Chris, Stuart, Rob - All part of the team
And with a 2014 update family shot!
We at Trail Running Sussex would welcome the opportunity to assist you in enjoying the trails of Sussex to their full potential. Either enter one of our Trail Races or join in on a Guided / Social Run to help maximise your enjoyment of Sussex as you Head to the Trails!
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