Burgess Hill Runners members take part in two very disparate races

The Blue Army sharing a laugh at the Dark Star River Marathon (courtesy: Jon Lavis) 1VULhxti0rxdQBgJljiz
The Blue Army sharing a laugh at the Dark Star River Marathon (courtesy: Jon Lavis) 1VULhxti0rxdQBgJljiz

No distance too short or too long for Burgess Hill Runners and last weekend saw club members compete in two very disparate races.

Whilst a huge contingent of ninety ‘Blue Army’ were competing in the short, sharp Worthing Lido, a flat four mile road event on the Worthing seafront, eight others were combatting over twenty-eight miles of much tougher terrain at the Dark Star River Marathon organised by Sussex Trail Events.

Paul Sargent was the first Burgess Hill Runner to complete the River Marathon, which follows the Adur river and parts of the popular Downlink trail. He finished fifth overall in a superb time of 3:50:32.

Leading the ladies was Sharona Harrington who finished 3rd female in a super speedy time of 4:26:49. Following not far behind were: Mark Nicholls (3:54:25 and 6th overall), Emma Buckland (5:14:45), Darren Chilcott (5:19:18), Jan Lavis (6:26:12), Claire Tucknott (6:26:12) and Philippe Ecaille (6:34:40).

At Worthing, BHR were only one point off maximum with top point scorers Gary Woolven (24:16), Neil Grigg (24:25), Steve Bird (25:02), Jo Bryce (25:27), Kirsty Armstrong (26:51) and Emma Goodhead (28:27) awarded the club’s top six scores.

The club was also proud of the twenty runners that were new to the West Sussex Fun Run League: Joe Beesley, Alice Birdsall, Richard Copeland, Liz Crews, Claire Foord, Jamie Goodhead, Neil Grigg, Andrew Jeffries, Margaret John, Christine Jones, Genie Lowson, Tlou Mati, Jane Owen, Richard Ridley, Sabine Rowen, Abby Sutherland, Michelle Sutherland, Laura Walton and Allison Willcox.

In the Junior event Burgess Hill Runners finished fourth overall with superb performances from Jacob Kilkelly, Amy Mills, Zak Snelling, Lily Craigs, Florence Kilkelly, Rosie Ridley, Sam Ridley and Amber Bird.

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