Seaford Striders were prominent at the Brooks Brighton 10K, a fast and flat belt along the seafront attracting 3200 runners from all over the UK.
Starting and finishing on Madeira Drive the route heads east towards the Marina for 1.5K before turning back on itself passing the piers and Peace statue and turning once more at the King Alfred Leisure Centre before the sprint home. The possibility of being passed by the lead runners twice can be disheartening but this is overcome by the upbeat atmosphere.
Winner was Paul Whittaker (Southend AC) in 30mins 41secs equivalent to 5 mins per mile in what will surely prove to be the quickest time posted in Sussex this year.
This was the penultimate race in the Sussex Grand Prix, so the Striders present were keen to register fast times and they didn’t disappoint. In perfect cool running conditions some superb personal bests were achieved including a magnificent 35.34 from 1st Strider home Simon Fletcher. To finish second in his age category was all the more remarkable given the size and strength of the field.
Gareth Hutchinson 37.22 and Paul Heywood 37.47 continued their year long friendly rivalry and the irrepressible Phil Robinson once again nearly broke the 40 minute barrier with 40.41.
Kallum Wright 44.03 and Pete Weeks 45.34 both continue to impress, followed by a trio of personal bests from Louisa Scola 46.50, Alan Hards 46.47 and Karen Clinton 47.47.
Beth Ruddock 47.51, Rob Webber 47.53 and Richard Honeyman 48.00 didn’t exactly hang about either and good to see Hilary Humphreys 50.39 constantly improving.
Also on the up, Tom Roper was pleased with 57.12 despite starting too quickly, fuelled by a pre-race espresso.
Attention now turns to the final race in the Sussex Grand Prix series, the Crowborough 10K which will be followed by Seaford Striders host event, the Mince Pie 10 miler.
Hailsham Harriers times and positions Poppy Half Marathon: 5th Lee Ashworth 1h20m20s, 10th Adi Elliott 1h24m01s, 44th Paul Henderson 1h31m52s, 45th Alan Thornton 1h31m42s, 49th and first lady Liz Lumber 1h32m53s, 56th Graham Purdye 1h33m56s, 86th Nigel Gordon-Johnson 1h36m18s, 123rd Alex Plowman 1h39m19s, 150th Giles Bowmer 1h42m14s, 211th Rob Crouch 1h45m52s, 268th Ian Davis 1h49m11s, 269th Helen O’Sullivan 1h48m53s, 272nd Adrian Thomas 1h49m28s, 314th Tracy Erridge 1h53m00s, 377th Rebecca Holland 1h55m12s, 448th Tracy Fuller 1h58m39s, 562nd Wendy Robson 2h05m03s.
In the Poppy 5k race four Harriers competed and they were rewarded with great performances with Ian Turnbull 2nd 22m41s, Frances Delves 3rd and first lady 24m22s, Lucy Wright 7th with 25m52s and Tina Macenhall 8thin 26m36s.