Triumph as 1,000 go on the run in Lewes

Lewes Fun Run, 2014.
Lewes Fun Run, 2014.

There was a massive turn-out for the Lewes Festival of Running and Fun Run on Easter Monday.

More than 1,000 people took part in the four events organised by Lewes Athletic Club – and they were watched by a crowd approaching 2,000.

Blessed by good weather at the Lewes athletic track, the races started with the toddlers’ trot.

Nearly 100 of the very young, some running with (or being carried) by their parents got their first taste of competition by completing the two laps of the 400m running track.

Next up was the one mile race for the more experienced runners where 147 people of all ages completed the course around the track, school grounds and Ham Lane. Tom Ridley, a young runner from Worthing Harriers, was first home in a time of 5.56 minutes.

Going up the distance scale the next race was the two mile event where 80 runners completed the course down to the Southdown Club and back. Lewes AC runners filled eight of the first nine places reflecting the depth of talent in the club which is currently celebrating the 30th anniversary of its formation.

Ben Martin was first home in 10.45mins, closely followed by Sam Jackson in second place in 11.03mins with Jasper Baker third in 11.11mins. Nia Hall was the first girl to finish in a time of 12.38mins a few metres ahead of Hannah Jackson who finished in 12.42mins.

The big race of the morning was the 10K race which left Lewes under the bypass, crossed the Brooks south of the town to Iford and back. First home in a field of 675 runners was James Baker from Chichester Runners in a time of 34.05mins.

In second place was Simon Heath in 34.26mins. Patrick Hough was the first Lewes AC runner in third place in 35.06.

With 50 Lewes AC runners in this race there were some tremendous performances with the club having seven participants in the top 12 places.The other top Lewes AC finishers were Joss Burgess in fourth place in a time of 36.10mins, David Bradford fifth (36.21) and Chris Gilbert sixth - the first runner over the age of 40 home. Patrick McManus was seventh (38.00).

The first over-50 runner was Jonathon Burrell in 11th place (39.09) and Andrew Masters was 12th three seconds behind him.

Lara Barazzuol was the first Lewes AC woman runner home in 74th place (the fourth woman overall) with a time of 43.30mins.