Run Leaders for the Maverick Run Project are the people who make our social runs possible. They know their local area better than we do so they go out and find routes that they think you'll enjoy. Below is the information about the Run Leader for this particular social run.
I’m Leo! I have been running for about 8 years.
I live in West Sussex, just on the edge of the South Downs National park. I spend a lot of time wearing a groove on the trails local to me getting ready for races both near and far!
What I enjoy most about trail running - and my main motivation to keep doing it - is how much of the world you can see whilst under the power of your own two feet.
I’m excited to hopefully share with anyone interested in the trails of the area - see you soon!
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Wednesday Locations and Routes
Houghton Forest - Whiteways Lodge car park, BN18 9FD
Route Length: 11.1km (6.9 Miles), Elevation: 800ft
The Mens Nature Reserve - Crimbourne Lane, Billingshurst, RH14 0HR
Route Length: 11.2km (7 Miles), Elevation: 1000ft
Sunday Locations and Routes
Duncton Chalk Loop - Duncton viewpoint car park; Duncton, Petworth, GU28 0NA
Route Length: 20km (12.4 Miles), Elevation: 1587ft
Amberly East Loop - Amberly Train Station, Houghton Bridge, Arundel, BN18 9LR
Route Length: 24km (15 Miles), Elevation: 1930ft
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Leo currently organises two runs every other week with alternating routes in the West Sussex area. You can find out about each route below.
The route is straight into the forest, following the monarchs way before weaving off on to some cycle paths - it climbs out and up on to Glatting Beacon, before dropping down slightly to then crest Bignor Hill - at this point, the ups are done, and you're treated to a wonderful view across the downs - all that is left for us to race the downhills as we descend back to the car park via the SDW.
We start out at The Mens Nature reserve, where we follow woodland tracks and trails through The Cut and Hammond’s wood over to Hoghurst Copse, where we link up with the Serpent Trail to snake around Flexham Park on the undulating trails with some fleeting views of the South Downs ridge in the distance. We stick to the serpent trail for a bit longer via Bognor Common, into Arundel Holt and then we end up back on the other side of Hammonds woods as we make our way back to The Mens and the car park - a lovely mid-week workout to clear the head.
We kick off this week’s run at the beautiful Duncton viewpoint, showcasing some views looking north across the South Downs national park towards Haselmere, and on a clear day you can even see the north downs too! The route goes straight up through the trees on the chalk ridge, overlooking a chalk pit before spitting us out on to the south downs way, which we follow for a few miles towards Cocking, before we take a sharp left and dive into the lush and thick Charlton forest, on the New Lipchis way. We then traverse east in the treeline, linking up many forest paths and single tracks before heading up and over Waltham down where we are at the highest point of the run, before charging down the double track trails of Duncton Down, racing around Duncton hangar and a short steep effort back up the track to the car park.
The route starts at the sleepy village of Amberley and winds up on the South Downs way up and over Spring Head Hill for some stunning views over the South Downs national park towards Washington. The route then heads south, descending down between Harrow Hill and Blackpatch Hill. It meets up with the Monarch’s way, and flows on some wide trails through Wepham Woods, then finally heading north, up Wepham Down, back up on to the ridge of the downs before finishing up at Amberly.
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