On Sunday 9th April, Ely Runner David Mould set off on his first Centurion event. David joined 378 others on the start line of The South Downs Way 50. The course is run along the South Downs Way, with 85% being on trail – this meant that the heavy overnight rain, prior to the race, made the course very damp and muddy.
Until Southease (at 33 miles) David had a dream race, though the climb to Firle Beacon after Southease was a struggle. However after Alfriston he got back into the groove to finish strongly.
David’s finished in 139th place in a time of 9:38 was a 17 minute PB for a 50 mile course (his previous PB was at the Poppyline 50-miler which starts and finishes in Cromer, Norfolk and is somewhat flatter than the 6,000 feet of climbing during the SDW50). David will definitely be back at other Centurion events.
The winner was Neil Kirby in a time of6:35:21. Jess Gray was first lady in a time of 7:40:22.