Why the hell are they called the South Downs anyway? It was as my lungs were bursting on today’s run (definitely more ups than downs) that I remembered reading somewhere or other that ‘downs’ meant chalk uplands in ancient English. For some reason our modern ancestors borrowed it when they were looking for a snappier way of saying ‘descending.’ So, by my reckoning, when we say ‘down’ these days we really mean ‘up’… or something like that. One thing’s for sure: I didn’t know whether I was coming up or down by the end of my 80 minute slog today. The beautiful views are the only thing that kept me going.


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  1. October 11, 2015 at 7:29 pm

    The South Downs are so beautiful, I bet it feels amazing to run over them

    Thank you for linking up


  2. October 12, 2015 at 6:55 pm

    We have Brean Downs here too and being a foreigner I also am asking why downs when its high! I learn something today hehe. Lovely photo! #mysundayphoto


  3. Neesie23
    October 17, 2015 at 10:45 pm

    80-minute slog!!! Oh my even with the stunning scenery I don’t think I like the idea of my lungs bursting and that would possibly be the least of my troubles if I attempted something like that!
    Apologies for taking a whole week to visit but better late than never ;D


    • October 18, 2015 at 12:14 pm

      Thanks Neesie! 80 minutes sounds worse than it is. The first 10 are the worst… Honest!


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