Striders take part in Horsham 10k

Another determined performance by Hilary Humphreys. Picture by Tony Humphreys
Another determined performance by Hilary Humphreys. Picture by Tony Humphreys

Seaford Striders’ latest participation in the Sussex Grand Prix was across the border at the Horsham 10K.

Starting at Horsham Rugby Club, this enjoyable race takes in a circuit of the hallowed turf followed by 2 laps of a route on road, lane and bridleway.

1st Strider home, Simon Fletcher. Picture by Tony Humphreys

1st Strider home, Simon Fletcher. Picture by Tony Humphreys

This meant the pleasure of the energy sapping hill back to the Club could be savoured twice and it certainly proved testing the second time around.

Held on the hottest day of the year so far, the light breeze and dappled shade around the course was much appreciated by the 500 runners in attendance.

Local runner Neil Boniface of Horsham Joggers triumphed in 32mins 44secs in the dazzling sunshine.

First of 15 Striders present and back in full flow was Simon Fletcher 37.17 with Paul Heywood posting a speedy 38.35.

Next came the ever reliable duo of Phil Robinson 42.46 and Adrian Campbell in Ironman training 43.37.

There was strength in the middle order with Richard Honeyman 48.03, Alan Hards 48.23, Claire Keith 48.51, Rob Webber 48.55, Diane Fletcher 49.18, Bob Ward 49.25 and Hannah Stanley 49.43, whose children starred in the 1.2K Junior event.

Chris Wrathall failed to crack the 50 with 50.25 and Chris Le Beau 53.42, Terry Ward 54.34 and Hilary Humphreys 56.12 put in determined performances in very warm conditions.