Seaford Striders out in force for Eastbourne Half Marathon

Cliff Evans. Photo courtesy of Tony Humphreys
Cliff Evans. Photo courtesy of Tony Humphreys

Whilst the Eastbourne Half is not on the same scale as that held last week in Brighton, it always draws a good entry.

This year was no exception with close on 1400 out to battle the strong winds and the Seaford Striders were out in force with ten runners.

Simon Fletcher. Photo courtesy of Tony Humphreys

Simon Fletcher. Photo courtesy of Tony Humphreys

Following the start/finish at Princes Park the route headed west along King Edwards Parade to the Meads and the notable climb up Beachy Head Road. It comes as no surprise to those familiar with the gradient that this is where the conversation ends and the serious lung capacity testing starts. Next it’s back to the seafront, utilising the Upper Promenade and along to Sovereign Harbour and the Marina before the final dash into Princes Park.

This year’s winner was Darryl Hards (unaffiliated) in 1:57:45with 1st lady Shona Crombie-Hicks (also unaffiliated) in 1:26:09.

First Strider and 14th overall, with a superb performance, was Simon Fletcher in 1:22:15 heading home Joshua Rudd (46th) 1:28:48 who was obviously not put off by the strong winds, managing to knock over 4 mins off last years’ time.

Other strong performances were given by Cliff Evans (65th) in 1:30:48; Vanaka Graham (71st) 1:31:43; Phil Robinson (136th) 1:37:20 and Peter Weeks (336th) 1:46:49.