Seaford Striders and Lewes Athletics Club runners at the Brighton Marathon

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THERE were some stunning performances by the 16 Lewes AC members that ran Sunday’s Brighton Marathon. In a field totalling more then 8,000 runners, Robbie James was 10th man in a time 2.37.49. He was the second runner from Sussex and the first man over 40.

Not to be outdone, Maria Judd was 21st women in the marathon in a time of 3.21.33 and was the third women in the over 45 category.

Other club members to take part (with times) were: Simon Thomas (3.07.11); Andrew Masters (3.23.13); Allan Jackson (3.27.26); Richard Cowper (3.31.02); Richard Honeyman (3.36.17); Ed Wheeler (3.44.34); Andrew Chitty (3.48.41); Matthew Button (3.49.41); Josh Burgess (3.41.59); Neil Baker (3.55.46); Kelly Gomez (4.02.23); Mathew Homewood (4.12.10); Dominic Osman-allu (4.17.17); Don Faulkner (5.06.12).

As part of the Brighton event there was also the Mini Marathon where younger athletes ran the last mile of the marathon up to the finish while the main marathon was underway. In this event there were also some first class performances. In the U18 men’s category, Sam Bennett came in second overall with a tremendous time of 4mins 30sec.

In the U18 women’s category, Maddy Smith also came in second with a time of 5m 26s, followed very closely in third by Hannah Jackson in a time of 6m 20s.

Not to be outdone by the older age groups, Holly English came in first in the U15 girls’ category in a time of 5m 44s, followed by Eve Rothwell in second place in a time of 5m 57 s. Ella James came 11th in a time of 6m 35s. In the U15 boys’ age group Patrick McManus was second in a time of 5m 26s, Sam Jackson 14th in a time of 6m 24s and George Smith 15th in 6m 42s. Sam Rogers ran in the U13 age group and finished in a creditable eight position in a time of six minutes dead.

n ON Sunday March 27, 11 Seaford Striders travelled to the Worthing 20 miles event as part of their training for the Brighton or London Marathon. First home for the club in 10th place overall, with an astonishing time of 2hrs 07mins 36secs, was Clifford Evans, who was extremely pleased with this effort.

First lady home for the club was Natalie McCreath with yet another personal best of 2.33.03. Others: Adrian Campbell 2.22.31, Gareth Hutchinson 2.25.02, Geoff Gray 2.33.04, Kevin Ives 2.37.08, Richard Honeyman 2.40.40, Diane Fletcher 2.41.48, Angie Cox 2.41.49, Stuart Batchelor 2.47.09, Karen Clinton 2.56.00.

And on Sunday, nine Striders joined the other 8,000 runners at the start of the second Brighton Marathon.

The weather was very hot, with temperatures topping 20 degrees celcius, and by the end of the event some 1,500 runners had needed treatment from the 18 St John Ambulance Stations and their 350 volunteers. They mostly required plasters and Vaseline.

First Strider lady and first home for the club, and 284th overall with a brilliant time of 3.22.27, was Natasha Swan. First man home for the club was Adrian Campbell in 292nd overall in a great time of 3.23.14.

Other times were: Ryan Stewart 3.26.51 (381st), Clifford Evans 3.31.09 (514th), Richard Honeyman 3.36.42 (672nd), Jason Harris 3.57.24 (1542nd), Tom Roper 4.54.08 (4811th), Chris Le Beau 5.01.40 (5185th).

Grand Hotel Mini-Mile Races: Boys’ U13 years: George Dunstall 7m.13s. (68th); Boys U15 years: Kyle Lawrie 5m.50s. (6th). Other Seaford club runners’ times were unavailable at time of going to press.