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Seaford Half Marathon raises £5,000

Start of the Seaford Half Marathon. Photo courtesy of SussexSportPhotography.com

Start of the Seaford Half Marathon. Photo courtesy of SussexSportPhotography.com

Conditions were challenging for the runners in Seaford Half Marathon with warm weather on Sunday June 8.

While the times were slightly slower than last year, the amount raised for charity remained the same, with a total of £5,000 collected.

The annual event is organised by Newhaven Peacehaven and Seaford Lions and supports local good causes.

Event organiser Trevor Gomersall said: “We had 500 runners which was about the same as last year.

“It was very warm and conditions were challenging with times down on last year.

“We raised about the same amount as last year.”

The half marathon began on Seaford seafront and headed inland to Bishopstone village.

After this the race is almost exclusively off-road.

Trevor said a few stiles initially caused bunching in the pack, but the runners soon started to get strung out as they tackled the long climb to the South Downs Way.

“The views are spectacular on this part of the course and the route is shared with just the odd rambler and mountain biker before a welcome but tricky descent into Alfriston,” said Trevor.

“Next is a stretch on a somewhat rutted path along the Cuckmere Valley to Exceat before one final climb to South Hill Barn. The end is then literally in sight as the ankle twisting descent of Seaford Head is negotiated after which those having anything left in their legs had the opportunity for a sprint in the final mile along the seafront to the finish.”

First across the line was Dan Vaughan (Arena 80) in 1hour 30mins 05secs.

The first woman was Sue Fry in 1:3642.

The run attracts good reviews for its wonderful scenery, varied terrain, water stations and enthusiastic marshals.

NPS Lions has recently donated money to the Breakout Centre in Newhaven and the 60+ Club in Seaford.

The group also highlighted some of its forthcoming fundraising events which will include the Donkey Derbies in Peacehaven and Seaford.

Peacehaven Donkey Derby will take place on Sunday July 13 at 1pm.

NPS Lions is looking for jockeys to take part.

To find out more visit the Lions’ website.

There will be arena events, donkey racing and stalls.

Seaford Donkey Derby will take place on Monday August 25 with more details to follow in the coming weeks.

If you are interested in the Lions and the work it does give them a call on 0845 833 5981

The Lions’ website can be found by visiting www.npslions.co.uk

 

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