Fletcher leads the Striders in Hastings

Ruth Ruddock
Ruth Ruddock

Seaford Striders were once again well represented at the Hastings Half Marathon. The race followed a loop around the historical town of Hastings from its start on the seafront; with the runners initially following the route that William the Conqueror took towards the village of Battle.

This included a lung busting five-mile climb up Queensway before turning eastwards along the Ridge, where there was little respite for the lungs because of the undulations. Following on from this was a fast 2.5 mile descent to Rock-A-Nore and the same distance, into the inevitable head wind, back along the seafront to the finish.

Kenyan flyer Sammy Nyokaye was first across the line in an impressive time of 1:05:26 and the first female in 35th place was another Kenyan, Mercyline Ondieki in a time of 1:21:35.

However, as far as the Striders were concerned and once again in top form, Simon Fletcher was first home in 22nd place overall in a superb time of 1:19:18 - over seven minutes faster than his run in this race last year.

Gareth Hutchinson, fresh from his personal best at the Seville Marathon was close behind in 1:21:50 placing both runners comfortably in the top 40. Paul Heywood’s excellent 1:27:15 saw him heading home Dave Dunstall 1:28:13; Phil Robinson 1:33:39 and Kevin Ives 1:34:0.

Great efforts too saw the only female Strider Beth Ruddock achieve a personal best in a time of 1:44:10 and head home Richard Honeyman 1.52.26. Tom Roper’s determined 2.27.28 completed the list of participating Striders.