With 42 senior club members taking part in the Brighton 10k along the sea front with 3,000 other runners, there were some amazing results for club members.
irst of the Lewes AC runners was Rob Mullett who finished in sixth position overall in a time of 31min 32secs. This meant Rob was the first Sussex runner in the Sussex County 10k Championships and also the Lewes AC 10k champion, as the club was holding its own championships as part of the race.
Second club member in 23rd was Dave Bradford in a personal best time of 33min 10sec, followed by his brother, Matt, in 30th in 33.28. In 89th and 14th in his age category was Alan Velecky in 36.19, followed by Andrew Masters in 104th overall and 72nd in his age category in a time of 36.56. Andrew at the same time broke the club age group record for the 10k.
Other notable men’s performances included Simon Thomas who finished ninth out of 223 in the M50 category in a time of 39:26 This also broke the Lewes AC club record for the 50-55 age group. Other club record breakers were Chris Gilbert with 37:09 to break the M40-44 record; Andrew Chitty with 42.31 to break the M55-59 record; Bob Hughes with 47.45 to break the 65-69 record and Peter Whitworth with 54.17 to break the M70-74 record.
Other significant displays by club members includedDavid Foster beating his 2011-12 best by nearly five minutes to finish in 42:58, and Chris Gilbert bringing his 10k times down over four races: from 41:51 at Heathfield to 37:09 at Brighton.
First of the Lewes AC women runners was Karin Divall with a breakthrough run to smash her PB by over two minutes with a time of 43.21. This put her 13th out of 282 runners in the F45 category. It also made Karin the club’s 2012 overall 10k women champion. Just behind her was Sally Norris in 43.29 which put her 29th in her age category. Both these times broke Lewes AC women 10k records, with Karin’s breaking the W50-55 age category and Sally’s breaking the senior women’s club record. Other record breakers were Clare Anstee who broke the W35-39 age category with 48.57 and Anita Amies who with 52.18 broke the club record for the W55-59 age category. The event was very successful race for Lewes AC members where 29 of the 42 ran a season’s best for the 10k, with over half setting PBs. There were also six men running under 40 minutes for the first time. The club now has 11 men running under 38mins for a 10k this year and 24 under 40: great achievements and a product of the club’s new coaching system.