Thirteen Striders travel to Peasmarsh for Sussex Grand Prix event No 8

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THIRTEEN Striders travelled to Peasmarsh for the eighth Sussex Grand Prix event of 2012 – the Rye 10 mile.

The route is very undulating and touches the outskirts of Rye, even though it started outside!

In very hot conditions last Sunday, temperatures hitting 24 degrees Celcius, and under blue skies, most runners experienced difficulties with the heat.

Times were lower than expected. In first was Dave Dunstall in 1:07:12, followed closely by Cliff Evans, in 1:07:18, and then Phil Carr in 1:09:59.

First lady was the ever-consistent Natasha Swan in 1:12:59 followed by Natalie McCreath in 1:19:41. Indeed, only two ladies ran, so the remaining times are for the men: Adrian Campbell 1:14:37, Colin Hannant 1:15:24, Michael Martin 1:15:42, Phil Robinson 1:16:12, Geoff Gray 1:19:37, Ray Smith 1:30:35, David Morden 1:40:28 and Tom Roper 1:43:25.

Meanwhile, three Striders competed in the London Bupa 10k on the same day. Again, conditions were extremely warm and this affected times generally, including the winner of the race, Mo Farah, whose time was 29:32, which is slow for an elite athlete of his stature! Striders’ times were also down compared to what would be expected in kinder conditions.

Richard Honeyman 46:10, Zoe King 1:00:02 and Richard Kimber 1:04:43. The race was carried out on the Olympic Marathon course and the atmosphere matched the occasion and the expectation for later this summer – the course is largely flat with only minor drags which is ideal for a marathon.

Looking ahead to this weekend – on Sunday is the local Seaford Half Marathon which is primarily off-road and passes through Alfriston and goes through the Cuckmere Valley, and on Wednesday the Worthing 10k which is a fast, flat seafront evening race.