Goodwood Festival of Running

At the foot of the Sussex Downs lies Goodwood Motor Circuit. Opened in September 1948 to host the first post war race meeting, it is the only classic circuit in the world that remains entirely in its original form.

Home to the Festival of speed, the course is flat, smooth and completely traffic free as the field run laps around the circuit. It’s a variety of distances on offer from a 5k right through to a marathon, it’s a very inclusive event.

It was the marathon distance however which caught the eye of Glen Jones as his September episode of running for his 12 marathons in 12 months challenge to raise funds for the NSPCC.

Now playing catch up after a cricketing injury back in the Summer, it was only 2 weeks since his last outing at the New Forest.

Along with last minute sign up Dan Williams, they lined up on the pole position for the 10 o clock start with 11 laps facing them as they set off onto the tarmac of this world famous course. 

Glen and Dan both set out at pace, Glen hoping to have regained some of his fitness since his injury in the summer. 

Glen had a rather unusual helper at one point during the race.

As forecast, about halfway during the race, the heavens opened leaving a lot of water standing on the track for our boys to splash through. Dan had decided to slow a little as he reminded himself it was meant to be a training race. 

He still stormed round to finish in a amazing 8th place overall

“It’s so different running a flat marathon! Would be nice to specifically train for it and go for a pb next time”

Glen slowed a little in the last 10k but got the job done… only one race behind schedule now. 

Dan Williams – 3.19.36

Glen Jones – 4.12.30