Striders at the Hastings HM

LAST Sunday saw the running of the Hastings five-mile race, the seventh in the Sussex Grand Prix series and a race that supplements the Hastings Half marathon.

In fact much of the route takes place on that races course namely the seafront.

A lovely spring day with blue skies and light easterly winds the day was perfect for road running.

Thirteen Striders took part which both started and finished at the town hall and progressed westwards along the promenade to St Leonards until the return.

The course record was broken by male and female on this occasion with Paulo Natali and Silva Del Feva coming in 25:14 and 28:50 respectively. As far as the Striders were concerned the first three men had good times in this fast race: Geoff Gray (8th overall, 29:24), Phil Carr (20th 30:42) and Phil Robinson, who was debuting at this race and completed all SGP races so far 48th 33:32. Other men were Ray Smith (93rd 36:09), your correspondent, Richard Honeyman (99th, 36:45), Rob Webber (133rd, 38:57), Laurence Howick (154th, 40:25), Richard Kimber (214th, 45:35), Martin Bulger (220th, 46:31) and Bill Sholl (227th, 47:26).

Three ladies also took part: Jackie Webber (167th , 41:19), with Zoe King (197th, 44:19) and Joanne Leigh (213nd 45:33) making their debut at this race both and were happy with their times.

Next Sunday is the two lap Horsham 10k which is set in the outskirts of the West Sussex town.