On Saturday 15th June Furniture Production’s advertising manager Paul McCleery undertook a challenge of challenges when he joined 200 other runners for an 'Ultra-Marathon' along the South Downs Way – starting in Winchester at 6am to finish in Eastbourne '100 miles' on. The event is organised by 'Centurion Running' – a reputable ultra-marathon company who also offer a number of 50 and 100 mile races across the South and North Downs throughout the year.
The South Downs 100 is a gruelling challenge which must be completed within a 30-hour cut off time, and has a total elevation of 12,700 feet. Running non stop with the occasional check point along the route, the notoriously exposed South Downs offered 28mph gusts of wind which were fortunately easterly, helping Paul and the other runners along the way. Paul finished in a very respectable 71st with a time of 22 hours and 58 minutes, and raised money for Charity For Kids.