The 2 lap Bexhill seafront 5K was held on yet another glorious summer evening marred only by a noticeable westerly wind and the sight and faint smell of Eastbourne pier alight.
Because of the short distance, 5K races tend to be about making a quick start and endeavouring to maintain it to the finish. It soon becomes apparent if judged incorrectly, as an unsustainably fast pace early on results inevitably in being overtaken by rivals as energy levels plummet.
The Striders fielded an impressive 14 of the 325 runners and it’s pleasing to report the majority got the tactics spot-on judging by the age group triumphs and personal bests recorded.
First to send the electronic chip timing into overdrive was Max Thomas (Hastings AC) in a time of 15mins 17secs. 1st in his age group and top Strider was Simon Fletcher 17.34 closely followed by a scorching PB from Gareth Hutchinson 17.58. Paul Heywood joined in with a PB of 18.33 and Dave Dunstall recorded a none too shabby 19.24. Chris Wrathall 22.34 was only able to pip Beth Ruddock 22.40 due to her recently interrupted training schedule.
Striders’ strength in depth was again highlighted by Terry Ward 23.29 holding off Rob Webber 23.38 and Vicki Blaber set a PB 23.52 with more to come. Claire Keith +1 should be happy with 24.07 and Jackie Webber is on the way up with 25.09.
Shrugging off bruised ribs, there was an excellent 1st in her age group from Hilary Humphreys 26.43 and Tom Roper can thank those new trainers for 27.33. Finally Chris Le Beau battled to 29.08 with the heat not to his liking.
For inexperienced runners 5K is an ideal distance to tackle and “Parkrun” is a 5K event held every saturday morning at venues nationwide with the nearest being Eastbourne and Brighton. These welcome runners of all ages and abilities, are free to enter and the perfect opportunity for anyone wishing to compare themselves to those listed above.