There were impressive wins for Haywards Heath Harriers Tom Mullen, Kim Lo, Abigail Redd and Rob Watts, as well as team and age group prizes in a busy week of racing across the counties.
Most notably however was a silver medal for Laura Penfold, Lucie Venables, Brittany Croydon-Kempster and Sian Hamilton in the 400 x 100m relay at the Sussex Track and Field Championships at K2, Crawley. Full results are at the end of this report.
Rye 10 mile
Tom Mullen took a brilliant victory in the Sussex Grand Prix Rye 10 mile race through the quiet lanes outside the town. The Harriers also collected a host of titles and bottles of wine for their efforts.
Mullen was over a minute quicker than the second place finisher with his time of 1:01.39 on this undulating course. “It was hot and hilly which made it challenging. Although the field wasn’t as strong as it could have been, I am delighted to get my first Sussex Grand Prix and first road race win.”
Jack Chivers was ninth in 1:05.43 and Michael Burke 16th in 1:07.19, the three men collecting the team title. Kim Lo (1:07.49) was second lady, adding to her silverware in a brilliant season so far. Kat Barrett (1:13.04) was fifth lady home.
1:16.05 Graham Jenner; 1:16.39 Carl Bicknell; 1:17.56 Sam Ridley; 1:09.49 Sarah Banks; 1:09.39 Bryan Tiller; 1:36.44 Peter Cobbett; 1:37.38 Michelle Holdstock; 1:41.51 Natalie Chivers.
Lo picked up another win this week in the Littlehampton Beach Run, finishing the 5m race in 31:33. Paul Cousins was seventh overall with his excellent time of 29:11 and Julian Boyer ran well in 31.22.
As part of the West Sussex Fun Run League, the event is unique in its beach course which heads along the coast towards Worthing and back.
Lo said: “It was a beautiful sunny evening on the beach and nice to run on the sand but I found the shingle sections tough. I had a good battle with Julian which kept me running hard and was pleased with another Fun Run League win.”
31:42 Barry Tullett; 35:15 Carl Bicknell; 36:37 Mark Armitage; 39:06 Graham Kenward; 40:53 Steve Horn; 43:39 Rupert Purchase; 44:03 Michelle Holdstock; 45:12 Linda Tullett; 47:20 Richard Bates; 47:26 Natalie Chivers; 57:12 Jenny Denyer.
Lindfield 10k Village Run & 5k Family Fun Run
Lindfield’s King Edward Hall hosted its annual Village Runs on Bank Holiday Monday over a challenging and multi-terrain cross country course with the event enjoying a bumper turnout and sunny conditions.
In the 10k run, which was 10.6k in reality, Michael Burke was first Harrier home, finishing off a successful weekend to finish fifth in 45:50, closely followed by Steve Dallman (46:09). Julian Boyer continued to show form, clocking 46:54 to finish ninth. Barry Tullett (47:12) was 12th and Ben Adams (48:35) 19th.
Abigail Redd was 20th in the 5k in 24:25.
Full results not yet available.
In the Clair parkrun, there were fantastic wins and personal best times for this hilly course for Rob Watts (18:25) and Abigail Redd (22:48). The Harriers also secured five of the top six places. Further afield in the Preston park parkrun, Barry Tullett clocked his first sub-19 5k to finish in 18:54. Paul Tomlinson finished third in the Tilgate parkrun in a personal best of 16:57.
RESULTS – SUSSEX TRACK & FIELD CHAMPIONSHIPS
K2, CRAWLEY – SATURDAY 23RD AND SUNDAY 24TH MAY
U13 GIRLS Minithon
13th Sophie Hooper 47 points
Long Jump 3m69
30th= Charlotte Cooper 34 points
High Jump 1m15
34th= Charlotte Donnelly 31 points
Long Jump 2m79
U13 BOYS Minithon
23rd=Daniel Adams 28 points
Long Jump 3m24
28th Henry Forrest 22 points
Long Jump 3m06
1500m Final 7th 5:34.1
200m Heat 6th 25.8
Long Jump Final 8th 5m05
Discus Final 3rd 23m74 *
100m Final 3rd 13.1 *
400m Final 3rd 67.2 *
400mH Final 2nd 77.8 *
Long Jump Final 3rd 4m33 *
Triple Jump Final 2nd 9m32 *
4 x 100m Final 2nd 55.0 *
(Laura, Lucie, Brittany Croydon-Kempster, Sian Hamilton)
* Medal Awarded