Athletics news from Seaford Striders

THIS year’s Virgin London Marathon took place in the capital on Sunday in good conditions, with sunny spells, low winds and temperatures of around 10 degrees.

Eight Striders ran all in expected times and all thought conditions were favourable.

Phil Carr was first Strider home in a brilliant time of 2:56:44, which was 14 seconds slower than his last September’s Berlin Marathon personal best.

Second was Dave Dunstall in 3:11:35, again a good time considering he has been wrestling with an injury.

The remaining Seaford runners were all women: first lady was Claire Bulger in 3:44:17, her best London time and Claire looked strong out on the course.

Second was Julie Moore in 4:34:43 again has come back from injury, and third Alex Parsons in 4:38:18 a personal best for her after various attempts at this distance.

Other results were Sue Garner 4:25:39, Steph Baron 5:29:54 and Linda Jennings in 6:08:06.

Because of the proximity to Brighton Marathon numbers are certainly down at this long standing iconic race.

On April 15 two runners were at the inaugural Hartfield 10k.

First lady and second overall was Natasha Swan in 47:30 while John Kingshott ran in 1:13:34 and is worth a mention.

We are now moving into the spring and summer 10k and half marathon schedules.

On the May Bank Holiday weekend is the Mid Sussex Running weekend – East Grinstead 10 mile, Haywards Heath 10 mile (Sussex Grand Prix Race) and Burgess Hill 10k – so technically you could run a marathon over a weekend although each race could be ran separately in its own right.