John first man over 50 home in field; namesake is first over 65

Lewes AC at Snape Wood
Lewes AC at Snape Wood

Twenty-six Lewes Athletics Club runners went to Snape Wood at Wadhurst on Sunday to do battle against seven other clubs in the forth of six Sunday cross country races.

Over a five-mile course with steep hills and really muddy tracks, the Lewes team was victorious and is now two points clear of Hailsham Harriers with two matches still to go.

First for Lewes AC in ninth position was the 50-year-old workhorse, John Lowden, in a time of 34.05 (and the first 50-year-old in the race) closely followed by Andrew Masters in 11th position in 34.31. Packed together in 16th to 19th positions were Pablo Ibarcuren (16th, 36.06), Chris Hunt (18th, 36.15) and Colin Bennett (19th, 36.55).

Sally Norris was first Senior Woman to finish in the race in a time of 37.56, having jumped over the first Hailsham female runner who fell in the run-up to the finish. All’s fair in love and cross country!

Other great age group finishes by Lewes AC runners includes Tony Deacon (second over 50, 39.02), Karin Divall (fourth women over 45, 43.16) and John Coleman (first over 65 man, 46.31).

Since coming back to serious competition John is gradually working his way through his age group competitors and is improving in every race.

Alf Pollard was second over 65 in 94th place (47.47), while Bob Hughes was second over 60 man, one place and three seconds behind John Coleman in (46.34). Anita Amies had another great run scoring massive points for the team, finishing first over 55 woman in (50.55).