Roundhill Romp – A New Viewpoint

So, this time last year, I was a real ‘newbie’ to Henfield Joggers and was part of the cheering squad for those running the Roundhill Romp. The weather was fabulous and we cheered everyone in and enjoyed a drink and barbeque afterwards (as you do)! The atmosphere was great and you could see everyone running down the steep decent to the finish. I remember thinking to myself that it looked great, but “you won’t ever catch me doing that!” Fast forward a year and I’m not sure if I was feeling brave having finished the pub run from the Shepherd & Dog, Fulking which featured an rather challenging hill, or my shandy had gone to my head, but I somehow found myself saying “yes yes, I’ll a have a go” .

It was again a wonderfully sunny evening and after eventually finding a parking space, joined the rest of the group at the start. There was a lovely big group of Henfield Joggers doing the race this year, distinctive by our green vests and our happy optimism. The start of the run sent us off along the road and up a slow incline which turned into an undulating run on fairly narrow tracks until hitting ‘the hill’ which was really steep and seemed to go on forever! The sign some way up which said “there is no shame in walking” made me giggle as that is exactly what most of us were doing. The good humour and camaraderie between all the runners, no matter what our club or ability, kept us going and the view from the top was worth it; it even felt like the sheep were cheering us on. After some more undulating terrain it was a relief to be going downhill, dodging the tree roots and flint before being serenaded by a guitar playing marshal singing Eric Clapton’s “you look wonderful tonight” which made me laugh out loud given my rosy red face that would undoubtedly be a moving beacon. Into the home straight and some very distinctive encouragement led by Danielle, Lesley and I broke into the obligatory sprint finish (she taught me well) and I was delighted to receive a medal for finishing – my first one ever!

Whilst I found the run hard (and to be fair I find every run hard), I did feel a real sense of achievement and it was really lovely the others had waited to cheer us in behind them and get a group photo at the finish….followed by a well-earned drink down the pub of course!

Nikki Hargrave



5 Commentsto Roundhill Romp – A New Viewpoint

  1. smoggypaul says:

    Well done Nikki, for everyone this is a tough race and you’ve gone from spectating to running it in one year! It’s a special event, so pleased you enjoyed it, the hill is well known, and the camaraderie is what it’s really all about! Great write up too!

  2. Danielle Kaelin says:

    Brill write up Nikki! Well done!

  3. Fabian says:

    Thanks for the write up Nikki! It was definitely the hardest fun run I’ve done, but equally the most enjoyable one as well. Even the start through the High Street in Steyning was quite spectacular. And it was nice to have such a big group of Henfield Joggers at a fun run.

  4. Rob says:

    Well done Nikki, said you could do it!! Your description could well be an inspiration for others. I was really disappointed to miss it this year, having received a last minute request to visit the frozen north. However, I thought of you all as I ordered another drink in the hotel before heading out to restaurant!

    Well done again!


  5. Gill Hamilton-Orr says:

    Ditto Rob’s comment – Inspiring others to brave this Fun Run Nikki, great effort!

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