Burgess Hill Runners complete South Downs Way 50

Di Delderfield on the SDW 50 (courtesy: Neil Dawson)
Di Delderfield on the SDW 50 (courtesy: Neil Dawson)

An astounding 50 miler was the challenge of the weekend for Burgess Hill Runners last weekend and three club members came back heroes from the South Downs Way 50.

Emma Goodhead was the first club member to complete it (10:59:56), followed by Di Delderfield (11:57:34) and Philippe Ecaille (12:10:18).

Out in Rome for the Rome Marathon were Helen Pratt and Paul Russell. They both did the club proud with times of 5:14:15 and 5:36:25 respectively.

Closer to home, but still some way from Burgess Hill, was the Manchester Marathon. Claire Tucknott led the club home in a superb time of 4:24:26. She was followed by Andy Carr (5:11:55) and Jon Lavis (5:37:21).

Finally, the club entered two teams in the Sussex Road Relays, having never before attempted this fast, two mile team event. The ladies finished in a very respectable 18th out of 26 Senior Women Teams with Emma Leeson running the first leg in 15:17, followed by Jill Craigs (15:39) and Kirsty Armstrong (13:22). James Collins led the six man team in the Senior Men’s event with a time of 11:13. He handed over to James Sorbie (12:35), Paul Sargent (11:13), John Palmer (14:46), Neil Grigg (12:15) and Jason Collett (11:59). The team finished 13th out of 15.

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