LAST Sunday was the seventh Sussex Grand Prix Race ie the Horsham 10k. In good condition – cloudy, low winds and 12 degrees Celcius – the two-lap course attracted almost 300 runners. The half kilometre bridleway had almost recovered from the recent weather as well so all in all it was a great undulating run. For the Striders all three men taking part have increased their performance recently, Geoff Gray (fifth overall 36:51), Gareth Hutchinson (12th, 38:45) and Colin Hannant (24th, 40:46) all achieving good times. For the ladies, Natalie MacCreath was first lady and 82nd overall in 45:46, while Karen Clinton achieved 149th in 50:04. Sue Garner, now in the F65 category, achieved 160th in 50:49. Twins Annie and Alice Line, in juniors, achieved 201st and 261st respectively in 54:04 and 1:02:01. Other times were: Phil Robinson 45th, 42:48, Richard Honeyman 81st, 45:45, Rob Webber 128th, 48:32, Chris Le Beau 179th, 51:54, Tony Dray 190th, 53:17, Richard Kimber 248th, 59:37 and Martin Bulger 253rd, 59:59.
Next up is the Rye 10 this Sunday. In the capital, on the same day, is the annual Bupa 10K which is on this year’s Olympic Marathon course, and three Striders are taking part in that.