Fittleworth flyers race to the finishing line

The start of the Flyers Five race. CONTRIBUTED PICTURE
The start of the Flyers Five race. CONTRIBUTED PICTURE

MORE than 300 avid runners turned up for the hugely popular, multi-terrain Fittleworth Flyers race.

The race goes through the beech woods of The Stopham Estate and is part of the West Sussex Fun Run League, open to everyone.

There were two races, starting with the junior race under 15 (1 mile), followed by the senior race (5miles).

With 316 entrants in the senior category and 24 juniors, the turnout was large in comparison to the last few years.

Pumped with adrenaline and endorphins, runners expressed their delight at crossing the finishing line, where they were treated to a spread of cakes and biscuits to re-fuel their energy supplies.

“The day was a great success,” said Flyers Race Director Tony Boxall, “I’ve had a lot of positive comments on all aspects of the event, from individuals, clubs and the League itself.”

One racer added: “This is a great race, especially for fun runners and first timers.”

Another said: “A glorious spread afterwards with cakes and biscuits. Very delicious, and well earned!”

Both hill work and interval training are beneficial for the course.

As well as faster asphalt, there are earthy and sandy sections alongside uphill climbs and grassy stretches full of ruts and holes, so it is not a race for the unprepared.