10 miles & an Air Traffic Control Tower #history

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I only had 90 minutes to play with today so I decided to take in an historic sight which has now been modernised. I do enjoy exploring the past, taking in the surrounding area and imagining what was taking place years ago. One such place locally to me is the Solent airport.

The airport was previously HMS Daedalus and the vast expanse of land is gradually being developed with new businesses, potential housing and an engineering college.

What I was really interested in was the runway that RAF planes had used in WW2 and the iconic control tower which would have masterminded all the comings and goings of British and other nationalities aircraft. In fact on June 6th D Day, 435 sorties were flown, the most by far of any UK airfield.

The¬†recently modernised control tower also now has a caf√© and¬†they have done an excellent job of charting the airfields history and¬†significance. If you are local you’ll need to approach the CEMAST college¬†turn off and then turn left along the perimeter fence, past the new driving test centre and businesses.

Image-12 The helicopter straight ahead was an impressive sight but the boards that commemorated the sites history were even better.

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Image-15I’ve¬†run past the outer perimeter fencing¬†numerous times so now that the site has been opened up commercially it made a great detour but still meant I could gauge my ten mile run. My mile splits were all pretty even so I’m looking forward to pushing up the mileage.

Two cyclists were just arriving as I turned back on my return leg and with the café being open seven days a week as well as it having patio benches outside, a small slice of history can be taken in along with a slice of cake !!

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My aim for today was 10 miles at a steady 9 minute per mile pace which I was spot on. Its good to appreciate what the RAF and many others did for our country in desperate times. You could almost imagine the spitfires taking off.

Running isn’t always about pace and time, it can be about discovery and appreciation too. Thanks for reading ūüôā

 

Goodwood Running Grand Prix : Marathon

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Goodwood’s famous motor racing circuit is the venue for¬†a Running Grand Prix¬†held by RunThrough . Yes it’s only 5 weeks away, however, its flat and I’m really excited to¬†be¬†lapping this historic course, even if a little slower than the¬†drivers.

The venue is fairly close to me and I decided that before I amerce myself in Autumn trail running I’d have¬†a pop at a¬†tarmac surface that’s also in the countryside. So, it’s a case of packing in the miles and fine tuning my engine … ha ha … I’m more of a family saloon than a racing car ūüôā ……………and with quite a few miles on the clock !!

 

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I haven’t settled on my next trail¬†race yet but¬†I’m hoping it will be the Beachy Head marathon as its at the other end of the South Downs Way and I’m keen to explore that neck of the woods.

That’s it for this update, thanks for reading and¬†enjoy your running ūüôā