Henfield Half

Race Date: Sunday, 18/08/2019
Race Distance: Half Marathon

This seemed like my kind of half. Mostly off-road, no mountains to climb, just 155 runners and organised by a local club (Henfield Joggers) and a race HQ with good facilities: the Henfield Leisure Centre. All was well until about 10 minutes before we were due to walk across the fields to the start, when the heavens opened. By the time we got to the start, over half a mile away, I was freezing cold and soaked to the skin! Fortunately, the rain stopped after about two miles and the race was run in sunny/cloudy conditions. The route was mainly along the Downs Link, a disused railway, and alongside the River Adur plus footpaths with just a short minor-road section. Mostly flat, with some ups and downs, but there was quite a bit of energy-sapping climbing in the final couple of miles. A cup of tea and a hot shower at the finish were very welcome. On the way back, despite the tea and some of my home-made drink, I felt I wasn’t properly rehydrated so made a short detour to Faygate to stop at the Frog & Nightgown. A glass of the appropriate Surrey Hills Ranmore ale soon put that to rights. Would recommend – the race and the beer.