Personal bests as Striders excel in Worthing

The first 6 Striders home - Jacob Miles, Paul Heywood, Billy Moakes, Kallum Wright, Gareth Hutchinson & Kevin Ives
The first 6 Striders home - Jacob Miles, Paul Heywood, Billy Moakes, Kallum Wright, Gareth Hutchinson & Kevin Ives
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Seaford Striders excelled at Sunday’s 500-strong Worthing 20 miler.

The race consists of 4 x 5 mile laps on a flat (ish) road course and is perfect for judging consistency and endurance in preparation for one of the upcoming traditional spring marathons.

A superb comeback from Gareth Hutchinson.

A superb comeback from Gareth Hutchinson.

Starting in Goring Gap the route heads east along the seafront for 2 miles then inland to Goring and finally back down to the seafront via Sea Lane and is well marshalled considering it’s sometimes close proximity to traffic.

After putting in the miles during the winter in such adverse weather conditions it was something of a shock to the system, albeit a pleasant one, to be bathed in warm sunshine with the breeze along the seafront section most welcome.

There was a superb return to racing from Gareth Hutchinson who finished 17th in 2hrs 13mins 34secs and together with Jacob Miles (33rd) 2.18.56 and Paul Heywood (38th) 2.19.42 averaged under 7 mins per mile.

The truly impressive trio of Billy Moakes 2.25.49, Kevin Ives 2.31.02 and Kallum Wright 2.31.25 all finished in the top 100.

Then came great efforts from Richard Honeyman 2.47.45, Vicki Blaber 2.54.31 and Alan Hards 2.56.41.

Remarkably, all registered personal bests apart from Richard who missed the boat by just 6 mins.

Overall winners were Kevin Rojas (Brighton & Hove) 1.48.40 & Sarah Hill (Farnham Runners) 2.08.57.