Personal bests for Seaford Striders

Just some of the Striders at Haywards Heath.Picture by Tony Humphreys
Just some of the Striders at Haywards Heath.Picture by Tony Humphreys

With the running season now in full swing, members of Seaford Striders have once again been taking part in races locally and setting personal bests.

The “Sussex Living Marathon Weekend” was held over the bank holiday with over 1000 runners taking part.

Gareth Hutchinson - first Strider. Picture by Danny Simpson

Gareth Hutchinson - first Strider. Picture by Danny Simpson

The marathon distance is achieved over 3 events, namely the East Grinstead 10 Mile, Haywards Heath 10 Mile and Burgess Hill 10K.

Claire Keith took on the challenge of all three, starting with 1hr 31mins 02 secs at the mainly offroad and scenic course at East Grinstead.

She remarkably set a personal best 1.22.33 just 24 hours later at Haywards Heath, where numbers were boosted as this race forms part of the year-long Sussex Grand Prix.

On an undulating course held over trail, road and footpath, a PB for Gareth Hutchinson 1.04.33 saw him head home the irrepressible Paul Heywood 1.05.22 PB and flying Phil Carr 1.05.51.

Phil Robinson 1.12.03 PB, Michael Martin 1.12.09 and Pete Weeks 1.17.39 showed their quality along with the ever improving Beth Ruddock 1.19.43 PB.

Bob Ward recorded a highly commendable in his age group 1.21.43, followed closely by Claire Keith 1.22.33 PB, Rob Webber 1.22.54, Robyn Delivett 1.22.51 PB and Alan Hards 1.22.51 PB. Finally Chris Wrathall 1.30.25, Chris Le Beau 1.29.56 PB and Hilary Humphreys 1.31.35 completed the Striders line-up.

The final event, the Burgess Hill 10K was held on a similar course in warmer conditions. Paul Heywood flew round in 41.30 and Claire rounded things off nicely with 52.43. All timings are subject to confirmation.

Five Striders also graced the gruelling Worthing Three Forts Marathon.

At over 27 miles this is rightly known as “the tough one”, taking in Devil’s Dike, Chanctonbury Ring and Cissbury Ring and climbing 3450 feet in the process. Many believe this to be even tougher than the famous Beachy Head marathon.

The organisation and marshalling were universally praised and held in calm conditions, Kallum Wright 4.15.22, Natalie McCreath 4.15.25 and Dan Wittenberg 4.42.00 posted truly impressive times, whilst Christian Hearn 5.24.23 and Karen Clinton 5.37.39 performed admirably a testing course. In the half marathon version Natasha Swan recorded 1.46.46.