WHY THE ‘MOYLEMAN’?
Some of you know about – and some of you knew – Chris Moyle. Chris was an excellent hill and trail runner who trained in the hills around Brighton and Lewes. Some of us were lucky enough to run with Chris. Click this link to find out more about the origins of this event, and about the man behind it
A note on the weather. The forecast at time of writing is ‘changeable’ – not terribly helpful, I know.
Visibility may be poor on the high points. If this is the case we ask that, where possible, you stay in groups and look out for fellow runners in this areas.
It is likely to be cold on the day. Some of our marshals from halfway onwards will be issued with foil blankets. These will also be available at the finish.
Here are a few things to look out for:
– The course is sign-posted using our Purple Arrow logo. We have Marshals at critical intersections and road crossings
– C7 road crossing – extra care required
– Southease station; follow instructions for crossing the tracks and obey lights system/ marshals
– Section from Firle to A27 tunnel – care on open roads, follow signs carefully
– Field after A27 tunnel – there is a grassy perimeter if preferred. Course marked across muddy field
– Glynde village – care on pavement – other pedestrians, cars in village
– Bottom of Chapel Hill – care crossing South Street
– Cliffe High street – take care mixing with pedestrians/ on cobbles – there is limited vehicle traffic access on this street
INSTRUCTIONS TO RUNNERS
In addition to the notes above, please read the following:
THIS IS A TOUGH, MULTI-TERRAIN MARATHON COURSE.
Respect the distance, the terrain, the countryside, your fellow trail-users at all times.
We cross and run on roads for short sections of the race from Southease onwards.
BE AWARE OF TRAFFIC AND OBEY MARSHALS AT ALL TIMES
If you need specific nutrition, supplements or medical supplies, carry them with you.
If you need to access specific supplies along the route, please arrange for a friend or relative to meet you on the course. Many points on the route are accessible by road.
MARSHALS: Please observe our gorgeous, Purple-clad marshals at all times. The course will be well sign-posted using our Purple Arrow Logo. IF YOU NEED TO STOP/ DROP OUT please report to a marshal. Most sections after halfway have access to roads and/ or public transport points. We do have first aid responders (SMS) on the course.
BIKES: we have four bikes on the course. An advanced bike will go ahead to check the route.
Two lead bikes will set off with the runners. These will dovetail to stay with/ close to the lead runners. A tail-gunner will follow back-markers, looking out for injured runners and collecting course markers. Be nice to our bikers, some of them are runners too.
Water will be served in open plastic cups. Bin bags will be placed after water stations – please use them if you can. Our marshals will pick up any strays once you’ve passed through.
– Housedean Farm/ A27 bridge
– South Downs YHA (half way)
– Bo Peep (bottom)
– Glynde Village
DO CARRY WATER/ DRINKS/ ENERGY GELS/ SWEETS with you.
There are long sections between water stations. You can top up water bottles at water stations and at Housedean Farm (A27) on the first section and at South Downs YHA.
PLEASE DO NOT LITTER. Much of the course is through a National Park. Please respect the country code. Leave only footprints (and the occasional wee), take only memories, photos and your empty packets/ bottles.
REGISTRATION: Wallands School, Lewes
Registration closes at 09:45 – race starts at 10:00 sharp. ALL NUMBERS WILL BE ISSUED AT REGISTRATION. There will be safety pins.
Car parking spaces are strictly limited – there are plenty of free spaces at County Hall, 5 minutes down the road (access via Western Road, opposite the Pelham Arms).
Here is our interactive Google Map : https://www.google.com/maps/d/viewer?mid=zWEwq76aObLU.kwiiXp_1CQ50
We will have a large O/S map, course marked, on display at registration.
REFRESHMENTS: Our local charity Lewes Patina’s cafe will be open, selling coffee, croissants and other sweet snacks at the registration hall. Please bring funds for this! Beer and Food tokens will be handed out at the finish. We have ale from Harveys and scrumptious cake, hot drinks and hot food from Circa Events, free smoothies – and massage beds – at the finish.
BAG DROP: There will be two bag drop vehicles at the start. All bags are dropped/ transported at owner’s risk. PLEASE MARK YOUR OWN BAG so you can identify it on collection. We accept no responsibility for valuables of any description.
One: van will go to the finish at Harveys Yard
Two: car will go to South Downs YHA. This is for Relay Part One runners who will stop at this point (see RELAY RUNNERS below)
BRIEFING: a short runners briefing will be delivered at the start line, unless it’s tipping it down, in which case we’ll do this in the hall at 09:50 so that our Race Director doesn’t mess his hair up too much.
Check in at registration to get your number.
After the race briefing, runner two should proceed to the halfway point at South Downs YHA (address below). Trains to SOUTHEASE leave Lewes station at 11:03 and 12:03. Lewes station is a 20 minute downhill stroll from the start. The train journey takes 6 minutes. YHA is a 1 minute walk from the station.
For Part One runners finished at YHA, trains leave Southease station to Lewes at 9 minutes past the hour. The finish is a seven minute hobble from Lewes station. NB: There is a café, warm shelter and WC at South Downs YHA
TIMING: we will have a dedicated timing team on the course, checking race numbers and recording individual times. We are using stop-watches – no chips.
SPECTATORS: There are some great spots where friends and family can watch the runners. Here are a few, accessible by road or public transport:
– South Downs YHA – half way (café, parking, train station, WC)
– Firle Car Park (on top of Firle just before the Beacon) – around 16 miles
– The Trevor Arms, Glynde Village (pub, train station, WC) – around 23 miles
– Cliffe High Street, Lewes (near the finish)
FINISH LINE. The finish line is at the entrance to Harveys Yard. This will be clearly marked.
This is where you can repatriate with friends and family, receive your medal and beer/ food tokens, grab your gear bag from the bag-drop van, get a relaxing massage or just wrap yourself in a foil blanket and sob.
There is a big car park next to Harveys Yard.
Once again, this is a tough, hilly race across a variety of surfaces. Plan well and enjoy the day.
Wallands School Hall, Gundreda Road, Lewes, East Sussex BN7 1PU
*Limited parking – ample spaces at County Hall (free to park on Sundays) or near the finish. A large course map will be on view at registration.
08:30 set-up/ marshals briefing
09:00 registration open (ALL runners)
Bag drop open – half way and finish
Refreshments available – bring funds!
09:45 registration closes
09:50 runners briefing
10:00 race start (marathon + relay 1st leg)
10:30 School hall closes
HALF WAY POINT/ relay change over
South Downs YHA, Itford Farm, Beddingham, Lewes BN8 6JS
– Water/ feed station
– Relay change-over
– 11:00 set-up/ open
– Relay 2nd leg start: YHA cafe open 10-4
– WC & ample parking
– Leg one relay bag repatriation
FINISH AREA/ REPATRIATION
Harveys Yard, Harveys Way (right turn at the Dorset Arms), Lewes
Closest parking: Harveys Way/ Phoenix Centre car park, next to Harveys Yard
12:00 set-up/ open
Medals/ beer tokens/ food tokens
Beer from Harveys & Sons
Food & hot drinks from Circa Events
This is a challenging off-road course through remote areas.
ALL RUNNERS are advised to carry personal water/ drink and sustenance.
A RUNNERS’ BRIEFING will be posted here and given prior to the race start.