The race is on Monday January 1st 2018 and what better way to clear fuzzy heads than to tackle the 5 mile trail climb up to Cissbury Ring and back!
The weather has been kind over the past few years, but it is January so updates regarding the course condition and projected weather forecast will be posted to this web site. The top of the course really can look like this!
Hill Barn Recreation Ground
, Hill Barn Lane, Worthing. For those with SatNavs, the location is on the recreation ground opposite the entrance to Worthing College at BN14 9FD
- Hilly, muddy and chalky tracks and paths up to Cissbury Ring and back. Not suitable for U16’s
- Athletes with disabilities wishing to enter the event are advised to discuss their entry with the race organiser, Dave Harris, who can be contacted at dharris(at)uwclub.net
- 5 mile race, WSFR League members £3.00 / non-members £5.00
- Juniors 1 mile race, WSFRL League members £1.00 / non-members £1.00
- Entries on the day for 1 mile race £1.00 / for 5 mile race £5.00 (£7.00 for non-members)
- ** All on the day entries will close at 11:00am. Please make sure you arrive before 11am to register
- Postal entries to D. Harris, 75, Arundel Drive, Thornlea Park, Littlehampton, West Sussex, BN17 7PY, enclosing a S.A.E (9×6). Club email entries to dharris(at)uwclub.net
- Closing date for postal entries: Friday 16th December 2017. After this date, collect numbers on the day.
For 2018 we are again indebted to Worthing College who have kindly given permission to use their car park opposite the registration area. With approximately 200 spaces this will provide the bulk of the parking. Please follow the instructions of the marshals so we make the best use of the space available. Once this is full, parking will be in the smaller gravel car parks and residential streets to the East of the start/finish area, (shown here).
If you arrive late and the car park is full, please park considerately and do not block driveways and please do no park in the areas marked in red, including the new residential development “The Fieldings”. This courtyard style development is very narrow so please please do not upset our neighbouring residents by parking in this area.
Important – please note:
- We only have use of the College car parks. All the College buildings are off limits. Please do not stray into the College grounds and do not attempt to enter any of the buildings as the doors will be locked and alarmed. Attempted entry may trigger the alarms which will result in a call out charge, possible attendance by the police and loss of the parking facility in future years.
Registration will be in the sports pavilion. On the day entry will be available here as well.
** All on the day entries will close at 11:00am. Please make sure you arrive before 11am to register
There will be male and female changing areas in the main sports pavilion. Baggage can also be left here. There are sufficient male toilets in the main pavilion, but limited female toilets. Mobile toilet facilities will be hired to provide additional female facilities. There are also changing and toilets available for use by ladies in a separate pavilion about 400m from the start/finish area.
Race Start Times:
11:00 for the juniors race. This is approximately a 1 mile lap around the sports field.
11:30 for the 5 mile race
A selection of sandwiches and cakes along with tea and coffee will be available.
St. John’s Ambulance will be stationed in the start/finish area and at approximately the half way point.
Medals for all juniors plus spot prizes in the seniors race.
Hangover 5 Route Description
The route follows the same course as previous years. It starts with an anti-clockwise lap around the sports field followed by a 100m road section which will be marshalled to stop traffic at the start of the race. After the short road section the route takes a left turn up a chalk track for about 300m. Up to this point there is plenty of space for passing runners, but after the chalk track section the route gradually narrows as it slowly climbs to the foot of what is known within the club as “cardiac hill”!
On the plus side, the hill has been levelled and dressed with fine “cycle path” type gravel removing the ankle turning ruts. The downside is there’s less of an excuse for a walk break! About half way up the route takes a slight dog-left to the left, (ignore path to the right), and continues the climb towards Cissbury Ring. This section is in much better condition than previous years. Just before the top there’s a gate which will be held open. At the top, which will be marshalled by the finger post, the route takes a left turn down a wide track. If it’s wet or icy, the first 30m or so after the turn are on exposed chalk which can be extremely slippery so please be careful.
The track around the edge of Cissbury could be described as “undulating with damp patches” with a short but steep climb up the West side of the ring followed at the top by a sharp left 90′ turn to a marshalled gate. This is approximately half way and all the hard work has been done as the route is now mostly downhill to the finish. [Note that by the time of the race there could be longhorn cattle and ponies around Cissbury Ring]
If its been very wet, about 200m after leaving the gate, there could be two puddles with a bit of mud but nothing too bad. After this there’s a long downhill section, ignoring any turns left or right until reaching the next marshalled point where the route takes a sharp left turn. There will be cones here to prevent runners running onto the 18th green 🙂 The route follows a single file footpath through a hedge line across the golf course. After a short climb there’s a sharp right turn, (marshalled), to retrace the route back to the finish line.
The return 100m road section will be marshalled, but not closed to traffic so please exercise extreme caution along the road before turning left heading back through the car park to the finish.
Note: Water is available in the start and finish area, but there are no water stations out on the course.
Click here for OS map extracts with route marked.