French Lewes Oct 2012
French Lewes Oct 2012

More than 300 runners competed in Lewes Athletic Club’s 10-mile and five-mile Downland Runs on Sunday.

The best result for Lewes runners was in the five-mile race where club members took four places out of the first six.

Top spot was taken by Stephen Ferroni of the Brighton Club, closely followed by Lewes runners Aiden Briffett, second in 29min 57sec: Ben Pepler (3rd, 30.04) Tim Calliafas (4th, 30.29) and Tom Kerns (6th, 31.19)

The first Lewes woman in this race, and second woman overall, was Katherine Emery in 12th in a time of 35min 16sec, followed by Eve Rothwell, third women in 19th position overall (37.01) and Ruby Whyte-Wilding (5th women in 24th in 37.56).

First man in the five-mile race from AS Marolles – the French club twinned with Lewes AC – was Antoine Naudin in 22nd in a time of 37min 40sec, and the first French women was Beattice Morin in 45th in a time of 41min 54sec.

In the 10-mile race, Mike Ellicock finished in bronze medal position in a time of 64min 19sec, followed by Andrew Masters in 10th in a time of 67min 10sec. The third Lewes runner home was Matthew Button in a time of 71min o2sec.

Sally Norris was the first Lewes AC women runner home in 81st in a time of 78min 47sec. This put Sally in fourth position in the Senior Women category.

Beth Gascoyne was the second Lewes AC runner home in 104th position overall in a time of 83min 25sec, and sixth in the Senior Women category.

Overall there was a good turnout from Lewes runners, with 52 members competing in both races and 10 runners from AS Marolles.

The photo above shows Ed Wheeler (620), Alan Jackson (778) and Simon Thomas (820) close together at the beginning of the 10-mile race.

They finished close together as well, with Ed finishing in 30th in 72min 09sec; Simon in 32nd in 72min 25sec, and Alan in 36th in a time of 73min 24sec.