THE 10th and 11th races in the Sussex Grand Prix took place over the past two weekends – namely the Heathfield 10k and Bewl 15-mile, writes Richard Honeyman. Both of these took place in the northern parts of East Sussex and both are undulating courses.
The first took place on June 24. In wet conditions the circular race had two Striders within 26 seconds of each other. Cliff Evans finished in 40:36 and Colin Hannant, now a V4 category, behind in 41:02. Adrian Campbell was third in 44:17. As far as the women were concerned, Clare Bulger was first Strider home in 51:00, followed by Karen Clinton in 52:31 and third the very excellent Sue Garner, now V7 category, in 53:43.
Other times were: Phil Robinson 45:04, Rob Ward 53:04, Chris le Beau 55:46 and Martin Bulger 1:07:50.
On Sunday (July 1), the popular Bewl 15 event was staged. This is mainly a lap of the reservoir with an extra loop to Wadhurst itself.
Normally the conditions are dry and sunny with dust the order of the day. This year it was wet, windy, and muddy. Many runners had trail shoes on as it was that slippery. Fifteen Striders entered. First home was the consistent Gareth Hutchinson who completed in a good time of 1:43:59, followed again by Colin Hannant in 1:52:16. Third, exactly three minutes later, was Adrian Campbell in 1:55:16. First lady was the strong Natasha Swan in 1:58:29, second Claire Bulger in 2:10:36 and Julie Moore, who is making a comeback this year, in 2:26:17.
Other results were: Phil Robinson in 1:55:58, Kevin Ives 2:02:53, your correspondent Richard Honeyman 2:18:20, Kane Moore 2:23:08, David Morden 2:27:41, the brilliant Becky Breen in 2:37:35, and our two senior vets – Richard Kimber 2:51:13 and Martin Bulger 2:58:48.
Also Three Striders entered the Humber Bridge Half Marathon in Yorkshire on June 24. This very popular race takes near the suspension bridge over the River Humber twice within the race. Once the longest suspension bridge in the UK, the course uses four miles of the 13 miles on this particular bridge crossing – ie southbound and northbound. Because of this the rest of the course is not flat – in fact there is a one-mile hill at the nine-mile point. Natalie McCreath and Geoff Gray ran together in 1:41:32 whilst yours truly, completed in 1:49:39.