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Green Man
Wednesday 10th October 2012
Pulborough - Parham - Cootham - Kithurst Hill - Amberley - Pulborough
15 miles

After participating in the Downsman Hike last weekend I thought a small test see what my walking speed is really like was necessary. Usually I'm very happy to saunter and look at everything and do about 1.5 mph all day long, especially as my legs are ever-so-slightly 'lengthally' challenged,  but the contest on Saturday has brought out the competitor in me. So, to test myself out I set off from the car park at Pulborough Brooks in full sun, all revved up and ready to go and soon got up to my full gallop. This, according to my GPS was a plodding speed of around 4mph and a trotting speed of about 6.5 mph. Actually there was a lot more plodding than trotting but I made the most of the downhill bits. The chosen route took in; steep hills, tracks, roads, marsh and bucket loads of mud.
My cunning plan was to see just how long I could keep going at my full-out speed and that turned out to be 4 hours. By then I had covered 13.3 miles and had stopped for a total of 10 minutes.  Food drink and a sit down were required, as I was pretty wobbly but this exercise not only highlights how terribly unfit I've got lately, it also shows the athleticism of some of the young teams in the Downsman. The record for 25 miles in that competition is under 4.5 hours (!) so I have quite a way to go!
As fast  as I was intending to move, I still found myself stopping and taking in the views and wildlife. How could you not!


Highland lawn mowers

Common Earthball

Looking back to where I've been - Parham.

Looking ahead to Amberley Wildbrooks and Pulborough.

Take the time to read the countryside code for yourself and please stick to it at all times.