Seaford Striders have once again been in action, this time at the Brighton Phoenix 10K.
Being an evening race this allows participants all day to prepare, making a pleasant change from getting up at silly-o-clock and gobbling down porridge in an effort to fuel up for the more common early sunday morning races.
The route is a fast out and back starting on the promenade at Hove lawns, through the billowing smoke from numerous seafront barbeques to the lagoon and returning after the delights of Shoreham docks.
On a lovely summers evening with a light westerly breeze Ben Tickner (Phoenix) triumphed in 30 mins 05 secs whilst headline grabber for the Striders was Simon Fletcher whose 35.54 secured a superb 1st place in his age group.
Going under 40 mins is elite class and this was achieved comfortably by Gareth Hutchinson 37.33 followed by Pete Weeks whose 45.43 was a perfect example of consistent pace running. Richard Honeyman recorded 46.57 and Chris Wrathall a personal best 46.59. Kallum Wright 47.16 showed he’s well and truly on the mend from a broken metatarsal and Robyn Delivett 49.29 and hot on her heels Vicki Blaber 49.37 both impressed.
Good to see the returning Jackie Webber 50.53 all smiles after being beset by injury problems whilst Terry Ward 54.05, Chris Le Beau 54.19 and Hilary Humphreys 56.55 showed great determination in the heat. Also on the comeback trail is Tom Roper and hopefully 58.50 signals a welcome return to form.