Jo Turner , Sam Morfee , Liz Crockford and Kevin Valentine did this popular local event , Write up by Jo.
On the last Sunday of April, several Striders congregated in the garden of the Fox pub in Patching. Not for the usual beer/crisp combo (that comes later) but instead for the Bluebell trail run offering two distances of either 10k or 10 mile. The race starts on the road and quickly takes an uphill climb on trails through Angmering woods and up on to the South downs. The weather was cool but clear with sunny spells and the views were spectacular. Water stops were available enroute plus cheery marshalls offering at times, much needed motivation. This is one of my favourite races due to the undulating terrain that prevents boredom which can sometimes occur on longer runs and due to the time of year, the young lambs, calves, other wildlife and not forgetting the bluebells offer runners a real sense that spring has sprung. I am swiftly going to mention the ridiculously steep hill back up to the pub garden at the end of the course (save some in the tank) but don’t let this deter you from entering this race next year — it is a real treat! There are no medals for finishers but instead, free professional photographs available for download. An off road race not to be missed! Special mention to Liz Crockford who excelled in the 10k and a speedy effort from Sam Morfee in the 10 mile. Great effort by all Striders – well done!