Running and jogging for pleasure with Fittleworth Flyers in West Sussex
The start of the Fittleworth Flyers 5
A five mile, multi-terrain course of scenic country lanes and woodland bridle paths.
Registration is at the Village Hall, School Lane, Fittleworth, West Sussex.
There is a 5 minute walk from parking to registration, and 10 minutes from registration to the start. Please allow plenty of time!
Preferably use the 2012 entry form (available here shortly), or you can turn up early on the day. Entry fees are detailed on the entry form.
Runner's World reviewers rated the event 83% overall (2007), and 92% would do it again.
"A nice race in lovely countryside with great friendly marshalls."
"Oooohh that hill at the beginning then some undulations to make you work.A glorious spread at the end with cakes, biscuits and rolls to buy and lashings of tea, coffee and cold drinks too. Back next year? You bet ya sweet bippy I will."
"Great race especially for fun runners and first timers."
"My first race! Tough but enjoyable!"
"As my first race it was great, felt extremely welcome and had a good time, excellent organisation-marshalls very supportive of slower runners."
Both hill work and interval training are beneficial to the Five course. As well as faster asphalt, there are earthy and sandy sections. Traditionally sunny and warm, you may need sun cream, however there are long shady parts to enjoy also.
The best preparation however, is to run the course, and the map may help here. The Course starts on the normally quiet Limbourne Lane, and then you quickly arrive at the only real hill: a pleasant ascent of a sandy woodland path. A gentle but fast descent through wider, shady tracks, turns into a more tricky negotiation of a gullied track, giving way to a flat, grassy stretch (but beware of ruts and holes).
After a short, stony uphill, the earthen track becomes flat and fast, until the lanes around Stopham are reached. The lanes undulate out to the farm yard turn. On the way back, you'll meet runners coming the other way, a good opportunity for saying/hearing 'well done!'. The lane back seems longer, undulating again until eventually reaching Stopham church. After this, its all flat, and we re-join the woodland track for the long sprint back. The last 200 metres includes a short stony downhill, so watch your footing before racing round the bend, to finish with tumultuous applause, on the lane where you started.
Arriving in Fittleworth, you will be directed to car parking, principally in the field off Limbourne Lane. Please have consideration for other road users, residents, and pedestrians.
Cross the main road carefully, and walk 300 metres to the Village Hall, for registration, toilets, and changing facilities. You may also leave kit at the Village Hall. Please note no dogs are allowed on the recreation ground next to the hall.
After registration, there is a 10 minute walk to the start in Limbourne Lane.
This is in a narrow lane, so patience and personal space are important! You'll turn around to face and start running back the way you've just walked, so it's a good idea for not-so-fast people to walk past those ready to race.
The course is marshalled and signed, and there are water stations. Be aware of the odd vehicle on the lanes. Don't forget to encourage people you know and those you don't know! Have a great run!
The finish gets quite crowded, so after catching your breath and the congratulatory session, it's best to move off down the lane to the water station, and then take advantage of the warm-down return to Village Hall - be careful crossing the main road.
At the Village Hall, showers are available, but more importantly ample tea and cakes (a little British queuing may be necessary).
Preliminary results will be posted in the hall, and full results on this site shortly thereafter, or can be posted. Add your rating to the Runners World site.
We hope you enjoy the race, and that you leave Fittleworth already looking forward to next year's Five!
Previous years' results.