Tomlinson leads Harrier charge and makes it two in two

Paul Tomlinson lead out a commanding Haywards Heath Harrier display at the Heathfield 10k on Sunday where the club picked up a number of trophies in this Sussex Grand Prix event.

Paul Tomlinson took victory in the Heathfield 10k on Sunday
Paul Tomlinson took victory in the Heathfield 10k on Sunday

On a tough course, undulating for the first half and uphill for the second, Tomlinson took a convincing victory with his excellent time of 36:13.

“I wasn’t sure what to expect on the demanding Heathfield course having just recovered from illness so I stayed off the initial pace. I made my move on the first of many climbs, managed to build a decent lead and was then able to stay away from the field on the long climbs to the finish. It was very pleasing to register my second Sussex Grand Prix win in a row.”

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Tomlinson also lead out the Men’s team who, alongside Rob Watts (38:06), Russ Mullen (38:30) and Jack Chivers (39:54) won the team prize. The team all ran well to go sub 40 minutes for the course following country lanes around the villages of Cross in Hand and Waldron.

The Harriers picked up a host of trophies in the Sussex Grand Prix event

Not to be outdone, the ladies team of Sam Ridley (47:06), Sarah Banks (49:11) and Amanda Soper (50:25) finished in third place.

Rounding off a cracking day for the club, there were also age group wins for Sam Ridley and Rupert Purchase (56:03).

Full results

Michael Burke 40:44; Robert Coomber 45:45; TJ Watson 47:01; Bryan Tiller 48:31; Matt Quinton 54:00; Michelle Holdstock 56:56; Peter Cobbett 57:39; Jenny Denyer 1.15:45.


Another exciting evening of athletics saw Haywards Heath Harriers U13 team competing in the second round of the Sussex U13 League. There were some very good individual performances, but overall the team performed well, finishing 4th out of the 6 competing teams. Performance of the evening was from Tishon Alexander-Price who won both the boys 75m and 150m, with personal best times in both events. There were also good performances from Chris Anson, who was 2nd in both the high jump and 150m B string, and the boys 4 x100m team who also finished 2nd.


75m​ A​ Hattie Collins​ 6th ​12.0

​B ​Libby Ackland-Hancock​ 4th ​11.9

150m ​A​ Sophie Hooper ​4th ​22.4

​B​ Isabella Doyle ​6th ​24.0

600m ​A​ Isobel Claxton​ 5th ​2:08.3

​B​ Emily Brannigan ​3rd ​2:10.0

1000m ​A ​Trinity Bird ​​3rd ​3:40.9

​B ​Lily Bliss-Tomlinson​ 4th ​4:10.8

70mH ​A ​Molly Atkinson​ 5th ​15.9

​B​ Libby Ackland-Hancock ​4th ​15.2

High Jump ​A​ Hattie Collins ​4th ​1m15

Long Jump ​A​ Sophie Hooper ​3rd ​3m70

​B ​Isabella Doyle ​5th​ 2m91

Shot ​A ​Francesca Wallace ​​3rd​ 5m19

​B ​Anna Kenward ​3rd ​4m99

Discus ​A​ Francesca Wallace ​4th ​10m84

​B ​Charlotte Donnelly ​3rd ​9m42

Javelin ​A​ Charlotte Donnelly ​4th ​8m30

​B ​Emma Vince ​4th​ 4m19

4 x 100m ​Sophie, Hattie, Libby, Isabella ​​4th ​61.5


75m ​A ​Tishon Alexander-Price ​1st​ 10.4

​B ​Kim Ranson ​3rd​ 11.6

150m ​A ​Tishon Alexander-Price ​1st ​20.8

​B​ Chris Anson​ 2nd ​21.4

600m ​A ​Adam Dray ​4th ​1:50.3

​B ​Daniel Adams ​3rd ​1:56.9

1000m ​A ​Ryan Armstrong ​5th ​3:39.0

​B ​Patrick Stedman​ 3rd ​3:43.7

75mH ​A​ Toby Wiles​​ 4th​17.4

High Jump ​A ​Chris Anson ​2nd ​1m30

​B​ Kim Ranson ​3rd ​1m20

Long Jump ​A ​Adam Dray ​6th ​3m32

​B ​Patrick Stedman ​4th​ 3m27

Shot​ A ​Ryan Armstrong ​5th ​4m45

​B ​Henry Forrest ​4th ​3m37

Discus​ A​ Daniel Adams ​4th​ 11m23

​B ​Toby Wiles ​3rd ​9m01

Javelin ​A ​Henry Forrest ​5th ​6m26

4 x 100m​ Tishon, Chris, Kim, Adam ​2nd ​57.8


1st ​Crawley AC​​​ 235 points

2nd​ Horsham Blue Star Harriers ​196

3rd​ East Grinstead AC ​153

4th ​Haywards Heath Harriers ​128

5th ​Worthing Harriers​ 62

6th ​Chichester Runners & AC ​19

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