Athletics: Alf shines in duathlon

Alf Pollard
Alf Pollard

Alf Pollard shone while competing in the World Duathon in France over the weekend of of September 22/23.

The race was a 10.6k run, then a 40k cycle followed by another run of 5.3k. Alf’s times for the three phases were 51:47, 1:15:50 and 26:26. Beaten only by an Italian, an American and a German, Alf was the first Brit home. Congratulations to both David (see back) and Alf on two outstanding performances.

On the home front, Lewes AC pole vaulters took part the Jim Day Memorial Pole Vault Competition at the Sutton Arena on September 23 where 100 vaulters from a wide range of clubs across the South East were competing for honours.

First from Lewes to claim a medal was Freya Fitchett who secured silver in the U13 girls’ event with a vault of 1.92m. Also with a silver was Jack Harris in the U13 boys’ event with a vault of 2.12m. Livvy Connor, with a vault of 3.32m in the U15 girls’ event, was a gold medal winner.

Moving up the age groups, Chris Pilling, with a vault of 3.62m, secured a silver in the U23 men’s category, and Claudette Povey, in the U23 women’s, came away with a bronze medal with a vault of 2.12m. Not to be outdone the by the vaulters the club’s runners were in action in the cross country relays at Goodwood on Saturday. Best Lewes performance was the U15 boys’ team of James Martin, Sam Rogers and Aiden Briffet in securing silver in their event.

There were two near misses of a medal with fourth places by the Senior Men’s team of Josh Burgess, Tom Kearns, Patrick McManus and Matt Suter and the U13 boys of Ben Martin, Joseph Webban and Jasper Baker. The U15 girls team of Ruby White-Wilding, Nia Hall and Jess McDarmid were eighth in the their age group and Evie Rothwell, Lizzie Keep and Faith Daughtery were ninth in the Senior Women category.

On Sunday the club puts on its annual Downland Runs of 10 and five miles. The five mile starts at 11am and the 10-mile at 11.15am. If you want to enter please register in plenty of time at race HQ: Wallands School in Gundreda Road, Lewes. Parking at the school is by the entrance off the main A275 road.

ON September 23, the edition of the New Forest Marathon which starts/finishes in New Milton took place in the south of the Park. In atrocious weather a field of around 600 runners set off in the full marathon and 1,600 in the half. Seaford Striders were in both races and PBs were obtained also in both. Despite the weather there were four personal bests (indicated by PB). Phil Carr finished in 17th overall and first for the Striders in a reasonable time for him of 3:08:42. Other results: Gareth Hutchinson 92nd (26th) 3:13:08 (PB); Cliff Evans, 39th (3rd), 3:17:43 (PB); Matt Eade 111th (4th) 3:38:32; Kevin Ives 113th (5th) 3:38:47 (PB), Phil Robinson 118th ( 6th) 3:39:40, Richard Honeyman 4:25:35, Martin Bulger, 5:26:50.

Clare Bulger (3:47:57) was first lady Strider home, while this was Martin Bulger’s last marathon. He has completed all 30 New Forests which has numbered 160 marathons overall. His times ranged from 2:40 to 8hrs and everything in between. The New Forest has always been Martin’s local marathon as this is where he grew up. He is one of the founder members of Seaford Striders and even though loves the other distances the marathon is his favourite. He will still be running shorter distances and supporting the marathon distance as a spectator, including the Beachy Head Marathon which takes place locally on October 27.