Simon Fletcher stars for Striders at Worthing 10k

Seaford Striders at the Worthing 10k
Seaford Striders at the Worthing 10k

The Worthing 10K proved to be a 500 runner sell-out and is altogether different from the recently held long distance multi terrain events.

Held on wide roads the course along the seafront is fast and flat and highlights just how effective or not those speed training sessions have been.

As the sun broke through accompanied by a light breeze, first to activate the chip timing was Horsham Jogger Neil Boniface in 31mins 38secs.

Unsurprisingly the potential for a personal best here is high and the Striders didn’t disappoint with 7 of the 11 duly obliging.

Elite class Simon Fletcher finished 2nd in his age group and 16th overall with a PB of 35.47. Dynamic duo Gareth Hutchinson 37.06 PB and Paul Heywood 37.08 PB were neck and neck all race long with Paul misjudging the run-in to the finish line.

Phil Robinson is on the verge of another breakthrough with a 40.15 PB and running a mere 40K less than last week Kallum Wright 42.11 PB.

Adrian Campbell managed 42.34 despite his additional cross training and Claire Keith recorded an impressive 46.35.

Chris Wrathall 47.16 was pleased with a PB and so too Vicki Blaber 48.44 PB but it wasn’t quite Robyn Delivetts’ day 50.28. Last but by no means least, Hilary Humphreys finished 2nd in her age group with a determined 54.12.

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