There were a number of races across the counties this week with Haywards Heath Harriers’ Izzy Coomber and Paul Tomlinson picking up impressive wins and a host of top finishes from Harriers across the events.
Izzy Coomber and Paul Cousins were first Harriers home in the West Sussex Fun Run League on Sunday where the Portslade Hedgehoppers hosted their scenic 5 mile run.
On her return to racing following injury, Izzy Coomber (35:14) was first lady on the undulating chalky paths over the South Downs. She put in a fantastic performance and there is clearly plenty more to come.
Cousins ran brilliantly over this challenging course to finish fourth with his time of 31:59, pipping Tom Mullen (32:27) who was fifth. Barry Tullett (34:17) ran strongly in 22nd place, benefitting from his marathon training by finishing two and a half minutes quicker than in last year’s race. Julian Boyer (35:09) and Ben Adams (35:11) traded places three times in the last few hundred metres to finish high up in the club points.
39:25 Rod Catton, 44:12 Graham Kenward, 45:57 Steve Horn, 46:03 Marion Hemsworth, 46:55 Rupert Purchase, 51:29 Linda Tullett, 1:03:29 Jenny Denyer, 1:10:53 Trevor Crowhurst.
In this week’s Clair parkrun, where a record turnout of 157 runners took on the free 5k race, there was another commanding display from Harrier Paul Tomlinson. He won by a massive margin in 17:06, one of the quickest times ever recorded on this course. There were also personal best times for Will Herbert (19:46) and Howard Booth (21:03).
Hastings Runners 5 Mile Race
The Sussex Grand Prix season continued its busy May with the Hastings Runners 5 Mile Race on a fast and flat course along the scenic sea front. The race attracts quality runners from the South East offering runners the chance for a best time over the distance.
There were strong Harrier performances all round with Kim Lo (31:18) fifth lady, clocking a new personal best and breaking the club record in the process. Jack Chivers (30:28) was best placed Harrier in 23rd.
34:42 Graham Jenner; 34:56 Carl Bicknell; 36:56 Amanda Soper; 38:57 Matt Quinton; 44:13 Peter Cobbett; 48:01 Natalie Chivers.
SUSSEX U13 LEAGUE
The Haywards Heath Harriers juniors had a great result in last week’s Sussex U13 League match at K2 Crawley, finishing third behind Crawley and Horsham. It was an excellent turnout with all events covered – some Harriers competing in events for the very first time.
75m A Hattie Collins 5th 12.3
B Lily Stubbs 3rd 12.6
150m A Sophie Hooper 4th 22.9
B Isabella Doyle 3rd 24.8
600m A Isobel Claxton 5th 2:11.3
B Emily Branagan 3rd 2:14.7
1000m A Isobel Russell 3rd 3:47.6
B Trinity Bird 2nd 3:53.2
70m H A Libby Ackland-Hancock 4th 16.8
B Lily Stubbs 3rd 17.8
High Jump A Libby Ackland-Hancock 4th 1m00
B Hattie Collins 4th 1m00
Long Jump A Sophie Hooper 3rd 3m65
B Isabella Doyle 4th 2m79
Shot A Freya Sambell 3rd 5m04
B Anna Kenward 4th3m00
Discus A Francesca Wallace 2nd 12m59
B Freya Smit 3rd 8m42
Javelin A Freya Sambell 4th 9m72
B Freya Smit 3rd 8m51
4 x 100m Sophie, Hattie, Libby, Freya Smit 4th 64.0
75m Madeleine Peers 3rd 12.7
Molly Atkinson 5th 12.9
Emma Vince 5th 14.0
70mH Molly Atkinson 4th 16.5
600m Madeleine Peers 2nd 2:08.6
Long Jump Isobel Russell 3rd 3m37
4 x 100m Team 14th
75m A Tishon Alexander-Price 1st 10.6
B Joel Skey 2nd 11.4
150m A Tishon Alexander-Price 2nd 22.6
B Kim Ranson 2nd 23.5
600m A Adam Dray 3rd 1:53.3
B Daniel Adams 3rd 2:03.4
1000m A Paddy Thorne 4th 3:29.7
B Ben Fenner-Meadows 2nd 3:30.3
75m H A Theo Maton 4th 17.3
B Joel Skey 4th 18.4
High Jump A Charlie Salvage 4th 1m10
B Ethan Lambert 4th 1m00
Long Jump A Theo Maton 3rd 3m80
B Adam Dray 5th 3m08
Shot A Paddy Thorne 3rd 5m59
B Ethan Lambert 4th 4m03
Discus A Daniel Adams 4th 10m81
B Toby Wiles 4th 6m29
Javelin A Lio Robinson 4th 16m48
B Tom Spensley 3rd 13m06
4 x 100m Tishon, Joel, Adam, Theo 4th 61.3
75m Lio Robinson 4th 11.6
600m Tom Spensley 5th 2:04.8
George Hurst 7th 2:06.8
Finlay Stewart 8th 2:07.1
Ryan Armstrong 9th 2:07.5
Toby Wiles 10th 2:07.8
4 x 100m Team 15th