Nineteen Seaford Striders took part in the Sunday’s 30th staging of the Hastings half marathon, a perennial favourite which also features a 2.5K race for 11-16 year olds.
Voted one of the best in the country, it attracts up to 5000 runners varying from International and Elite standard, to dedicated Club and enthusiastic Fun runners and in its history has raised hundreds of thousands of pounds for charity. Always well supported, some resting Striders were amongst a high number of spectators along the route giving much needed encouragement.
From the start on the seafront the route turns north up Queensway for a lung busting 5 mile climb. There is little respite on turning eastwards along the Ridge due to its undulations. Finally there is a fast 2.5 mile descent to Rock-A-Nore and the same distance, inevitably into a head wind, back along the seafront to the finish. Curiously, although the first part of the course is notoriously tough, personal bests are not uncommon.
Flying Phil Carr is hitting the sort of form to claim top Strider spot with a superb top 50 finish, clocking 1hr 23mins 58secs followed by Simon Fletcher recovering from injury with 1.26.28 placing him in the top 100.
Jacob Miles’ excellent 1.29.18 saw him head home Adam Mansbridge who with a little help from experienced pacer Rob Chrystie smashed his personal best by clocking 1.29.19. New dad Phil Robinson 1.34.48 and Natasha Swan 1.39.15 gave their customary high class performances. Then came the impressive Jenson Evans (plus pushchair and dad Cliff) 1.42.09 and welcome back to Gary Lee 1.43.18.
Great efforts too from Richard Honeyman 1.44.33, Diane Fletcher 1.46.04, Bob Ward 1.47.42, Louisa Scola 1.50.34, Rob Webber 1.54.49, Becky Breen 1.56.10 and Anne Flavill 2.04.32.
A trio of personal bests followed so congratulations go to Liz Lorkin in her first race for the club recording 2.12.53, Paula Tiller 2.15.53 and Louise Keogh 2.20.11. Ken Brownings’ determined 3.03.44
completed the list of participating Striders.