Athletics – Bank Holiday weekend busy one for road racing in Sussex

David Bradford
David Bradford
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THE August Bank Holiday weekend is a busy one for road racing in Sussex, with the Newick Will Page 10k on Sunday and the Kings Head Canter 5k on Monday. For the latter race, each year Lewes AC’s David Bradford assembles of a team of ‘Canter for Sight’ fundraising runners. This year’s team again included many team-mates and raised over £3,000 for RP Fighting Blindness.

In the Newick 10k, which was won by unattached athlete Mike Page in 34:20, four Lewes runners took part. The top finisher for the club was relative newcomer Chris Gilbert, who continues to make great progress, finishing 18th in 38:58 (PB) – a creditable time on this undulating course. The other Lewes AC finishers were Mat Homewood (42:13, 40th); Tim Monson (47:04, 89th); Toby Wolpe (54:12, 154th); Dave Feintuck (54:31, 158th); and Beccie Hawkes (58:18, 187th).

Thirteen runners from the Seaford Striders ventured to Newick on Sunday to take part in the 15th Sussex Grand Prix Event of 2012. The route is a circular road race starting and finishing in the village of what could be described as undulating.

Conditions were warm and sunny with low winds but cooler compared to earlier on in the month. First for Seaford was their fastest runner at the moment: Phil Carr with an impressive 38:50 followed by Cliff Evans in 40:45 and Adrian Campbell 43:13.

For the ladies, Natasha Swan was first again in 44:14, with regulars Claire Bulger and Jackie Webber achieving 47:28 and 56:17 respectively.

Other times were: Colin Hannant 43:14, Phil Robinson 43:28, Bob Ward 52:29, Trevor Jones 58:42, Zoe King 59:29, Richard Kimber 1:02:36 and Martin Bulger 1:02:57.

Next race in the series is the Hellingly 10k on September 9 which is equally as hilly.