The route takes you through Beacon Park which is probably safer and more pleasant than the road, but not so easy running. It was glorious and I was even tempted to stop on one of the benches and soak up the rays. I foolishly decided CP5 was close enough to the end to ignore and so missed the soup. I had not been to Ashurst Beacon before and am just sorry that my photo either makes it or me appear drunk! I had an altercation with a small dog on a stretchy lead here and only just managed to stay on my feet. I had convinced myself that it was now all downhill- huh. Some very swampy fields with interesting oily patches and a strange loop meant it was further and harder than I thought.
Eventually we could see the village and we were back well inside 4 hours. I refueled with pie, peas, apple pie and many cups of tea before treking back to the car and setting off for my extra 2 miles. The sun was still shining brightly when I left. 27.5 miles run. Not exactly speedy but a lovely day out in the sun (not sure I would appreciate this route in the rain though).