Striders take on one of the most demanding races of the Sussex Grand Prix

Running for Chartwell Cancer Trust - John Kingshott (Pictured at the Tonbridge Half) Picture by  Sussex Sport Photography)
Running for Chartwell Cancer Trust - John Kingshott (Pictured at the Tonbridge Half) Picture by Sussex Sport Photography)

Eight Seaford Striders took on one of the most demanding races of the Sussex Grand Prix at Bewl Water near Wadhurst on the Kent/Sussex border.

Unique for it’s 15 mile distance the scenic route is basically a clockwise lap of the reservoir incorporating 3 notable hills and is superbly organised with numerous water stations and efficient marshals.

The first mile is downhill on rutted fields before a mixture of testing undulating paths, sometimes adjacent to the water and testing forays into the surrounding hills on country lanes. The route finishes with a mile long uphill slog.

The winner was Julian Rendall (Tonbridge) in 1hour 30mins 02secs in a field of close on 700 runners.

First for the Striders and 40th overall was the superb Paul Heywood in 1.42.28 followed by flying Phil Robinson 1.54.05 and Natalie McCreath having a wonderfully consistent year recording 2.06.27.

There were admirable times from proven performers Vicki Blaber 2.18.06 and Alan Hards 2.18.28 who were evenly matched along with Richard Honeyman 2.24.28, Claire Keith 2.25.29 and Louisa Scola 2.25.10. After completing the race re-fuelling was a priority and the legendary homemade cakes didn’t disappoint.

Bewl was on the agenda for Seaford Strider John Kingshott, but no race will be more meaningful for him than next weekends British 10K London Run.

John will be running along with his son and 10 friends to aid the Chartwell Cancer Trust which is helping his 3 year old granddaughter, Lily Mae, who is undergoing surgery after being diagnosed with with a very rare liver and lung cancer. The journey to recovery is still a very long one and her parents have been at her side living in a hospital room at the Royal Marsden.

The Chartwell Cancer Trust is helping to support Lily Mae and her parents during these harrowing times and if you would like to add your support, please go to www.virginmoneygiving.com/JohnKingshott.