Running and jogging for pleasure with Fittleworth Flyers in West Sussex
The start of the Fittleworth Flyers 5
A senior five mile, multi-terrain courses of scenic country lanes and woodland
bridle paths and a junior 1 mile course predominantly through
off-road woodland (start and finish on Limbourne Lane). Junior competitors must be accompanied by parents or guardians for the duration
of the event (but we won't make you actually run with them!)
Registration is at the Village Hall, School Lane, Fittleworth, West Sussex.
There is a 10 minute walk from registration to the start. Please allow plenty of time!
Preferably use the entry form, 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 (use the map links above to view the route). 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 at the back of the Village Hall and in the school car park and playground next door. If you do have to park on the roads around the venue, please have consideration for other road users, residents, and pedestrians.
The Village Hall is the base, report here for registration and for use of toilet and changing facilities. You may also leave kit at the Village Hall (at your own risk, although we've never had a problem). Please note that dogs are not permitted on the recreation ground next to Fittleworth Village 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 as the roads are not closed for this event. Don't forget to encourage people you know and those you don't!
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 a ten minute warm-down as you return to the Village Hall - be careful crossing the main road.
At the Village Hall, showers are available, but more importantly ample tea and the famous Fittleworth Flyers' cakes (a little British queuing may be necessary).
We hope you enjoy the race, and that you leave Fittleworth already looking forward to next year's Five!
Previous years' results.