Busy period brings success for the Harriers

The Harriers had 18 runners out for the Barns Green Half Marathon
The Harriers had 18 runners out for the Barns Green Half Marathon

As the 2015 Sussex Grand Prix season enters the final races, the Haywards Heath Harriers remain amongst the top clubs in the County and are looking to secure back to back titles.

Injuries and competing events are not helping their chances but some strong performances in a busy spell of racing will no doubt support their goal.

Last week in the Barns Green Half Marathon, through the beautiful Sussex countryside and the historic Christ’s Hospital school, there were leading Harrier performances from Glen Driver who finished fifth overall in a brilliant time of 1:14.38 and Siobhan Amer in 1:39.47. Matt Quinton had one of his best races in recent times to finish in 1:45.27. The Harriers had an impressive 18 runners out. This weekend, there was a smaller Harrier turnout for the Lewes Downland 10 mile race across the rolling South Downs. Results are not yet available

The next Sussex Grand Prix race is the rescheduled Bexhill 5km in November where the Harriers will be looking for some fast times.

On Sunday, there was silverware in the Forest Row 10k for Kim Lo and Louise Toomey. Kim finished first lady with Louise second.

Cross-country relays

The results are also now in for last weekend’s Cross-country relays at Goodwood Racecourse with the Men’s Senior team of Tom Mullen (13:28), Glen Driver (13:27), Russ Mullen (13:36) and Rob Watts (13:57) taking third place over the 4km course against formidable competition. A number of other Harrier teams finished in fourth and just missing out on a podium: U17 Men of Harrison Bird (14:34), Matt Holbrook (14:47) and Patrick Kenwood (15:34) over 4km: Senior Ladies of Izzy Coomber (14:39), Mags Lazell (16:10) and Kim Lo (15:52) over 4km: Vet Ladies V35 of Michelle Holdstock (21:32), Justine Tanner (23:42) and Jenny Denyer (27:33) over 4km: Vet Ladies V40 of Clare Kenwood (19:23), Katherine Buckeridge (18:52) and Linda Tullett (23:05) over 4km: Vet Men V50 of Cliff Coomber (15:15), Steve Navesey (18:06), Carl Bicknell (18:13), Tim Hicks (16:30) over 4km. Cliff Coomber’s time was the fastest time in his V60 age group.

Full results

U13 Girls - Lily Bliss-Tomlinson (12:29), Hattie Collins (13:28) and Isobel Claxton (16:35) over 2.8km. U15 Girls - Darja Knotkova-Hanley (10:47) and Jasmine Mamoany (11:24) over 2.8km. U15 Boys - Daniel Blain (10:16), Joseph Martin (10:12), Scott Ridley (11:17) over 2.8km. Vet Men V40 - Barry Tullett (14:42), Julian Boyer (15:23), Graham Kenwood (17:57), Mike Essex (18:11) over 4km

Open Cross-Country run - Hickstead

Haywards Heath Harriers are holding their annual Open Cross-Country run at the All England Jumping Course, Hickstead, West Sussex on Sunday 11th October. This West Sussex Fun Run League event includes races for all ages: • School year 4 and below - 700m. • School years 5 & 6 - 1000m, Under 16s - 1600m, Senior (over 16s) - 8 km

Full facilities, including refreshments are available at the course. The course for all runners will be within the Jumping Course boundaries and is fully marshalled. We welcome runners of all abilities. Visit www.haywardsheathharriers.co.uk for more information.

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