Striders brave the sweltering conditions to excel at Brighton

An Elite Performance and PB by Cliff Evans
An Elite Performance and PB by Cliff Evans

Seaford Striders were once again in action at two recent Sussex Grand Prix races.

Both the Brighton Phoenix 10k and Bexhill 5k are flat seafront events held on wednesday evenings, allowing participants all day to prepare. This makes a pleasant change from getting up at Silly O’Clock and gobbling down porridge in an effort to fuel up on the more common early Sunday races.

At Brighton, runners experienced sweltering conditions and had to cope with the distractions of various interesting sights on the beach, a tempting millpond flat sea and the wafts emanating from numerous barbeques.

The route was an out and back from east of the King Alfred’s complex, heading west past Hove lagoon to Shoreham power station. There it turned sharply on itself, with a welcome water station, and then retraced its way back to the start/finish.

Winner was Neil Boniface of Horsham Joggers in 32min 15sec. Being first past the post for the Striders is becoming a pleasant habit for Simon Fletcher (36.23 and 15th overall in a field of nearly 500).

To go under 40 minutes is truly an elite standard, and this was achieved by Cliff Evans (38.48), Dave Dunstall (38.56) and Mark Cage (39.19).

Admirable times were recorded by the not yet fully fit Adam Mansbridge (41.13), Phil Robinson (41.50) just missing a personal best by nine seconds and Colin Hannant (42.47) who prefers the longer distances. Terry Ward (47.52) and Alan Hards (48.37) will be pleased with their times, and too should Sue Garner (50.39) and Jackie Webber (51.23), elated to return to racing following persistent injury. Chris Le Beau (54.05) will hopefully soon return to his best.

Congratulations go to Zoe King for whom the quality training has obviously paid off following a new PB of 55.16.

Rachel Davis (55.59), Carol Hards (1.04.00) and Richard Kimber (1.04.37) will all improve in cooler conditions.

Picture by Sussex Sport Photography.