UP THE DOWNS!

Sussex Life - - Writer In Residence - by Jack Arscott (Pome­gran­ate Press, £7.99) Louise Du­mas

There are some folk for whom the very idea of run­ning up and down chalk cliffs wear­ing shorts and a vest or hurtling over down­land trails avoid­ing cow­pats and bram­bles is a thing to be avoided at all costs. This is not a book for them.

It is a touch spe­cial­ist, although re­cent at­ten­dance at marathons and Park Runs in­di­cates a larger mar­ket than might be guessed at. This is for ath­letes who like to con­nect with na­ture in gen­eral and the South Downs in par­tic­u­lar, and they ex­ist in grow­ing num­bers.

Jack Arscott’s book ra­di­ates en­ergy and en­thu­si­asm in equal mea­sure. He of­fers help­ful run­ning tips, lo­cal his­to­ries and at­mo­spheric pho­to­graphs. He also writes in glow­ing terms of fa­mous runs he has tack­led and lists those he hasn’t – yet. I’ll look for­ward to see­ing him at the Beachy Head start in Oc­to­ber.

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