Times tumble in the Brighton Half Marathon

Barry Tullett, Steve Dallman, Jack Chivers, Carl Bicknell, Ben Adams and Jason Russell.

Barry Tullett, Steve Dallman, Jack Chivers, Carl Bicknell, Ben Adams and Jason Russell.

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It was a bumper day for 19 Haywards Heath Harriers who joined an expected 12,500 club, charity and fun runners in the Brighton Half Marathon on Sunday.

Personal best times were smashed in near-perfect running conditions with the winter sun warming the runners from the start and the bracing coastal winds for the most part staying away.

The race is one of the more popular in the national running calendar

The race is one of the more popular in the national running calendar and it was a sell-out for this year’s event through the city of Brighton and Hove - the 25th anniversary of the race.

The Harriers went off quickly and despite a number of the club’s top runners being unavailable or injured, six runners went under 1:30, each of them clocking best times for this distance.

Tom Mullen continued his excellent form, beating his previous best by almost two and a half minutes to finish 37th in 1:17.06. Steve Dallman was next home, with ever even pacing in 1:24.26, closely followed by Barry Tullett who had a storming race to clock 1:24.29.

Jack Chivers (1:25.31) and Jason Russell (1:25.48) traded positions in the closing miles, with Jack taking it with a PB of over 4 minutes. Ben Adams ran under 1:30 for the first time in 1:28.46, paying for the early pace in the latter stages.

Kat Barrett had a brilliant race to finish 68th in her category, with her best time of 1:37.10. Sarah Banks was next lady home with her best in 1:44.40.

Full results

Mike Scholes (1:34.06), Carl Bicknell (1:36.07), Stuart Austin (1:37.56), Clare Robert (1:48.58), Richard Neale (1:52.56), Joanne Mcdonald (1:59.15), Shaun Barrett (2:03.09), Rachel Milson (2:01.42), Natalie Chivers (2:12.19), Peter Cobbett (2:07.12), Debbie Day (2:15:42).

Two Harriers ran in the junior mile races. In the 7-10 year group, Ryan Armstrong finished a brilliant 5th (out of 217) in 6.38. In the 15-17 year group, Patrick Kenward finished 4th (out of 7) in 6.43.

Inter-counties Sports Hall

Christian Lambert, Adam Dray and Tishon Alexander-Price represented Sussex in the Sports Hall Inter Counties last Sunday. Full results are not yet available.

Clair parkrun

In the Clair parkrun on Saturday, Paul Cousins took another victory in 19:10. Kim Lo was first lady in fourth place overall in a new personal best of 20:19.