Mid Sussex Marathon a big draw for Burgess Hill Runners

The "Blue Army" in full selfie-mode at the Mid Sussex Marathon (courtesy: Helen Pratt). DncY_wG4kUlJBL-bC_hF
The "Blue Army" in full selfie-mode at the Mid Sussex Marathon (courtesy: Helen Pratt). DncY_wG4kUlJBL-bC_hF

The Mid Sussex Marathon weekend is always a big draw for the Burgess Hill Runners and as always the three races that make up a total of 26.2 miles over three days was heavily populated with the club’s famous blue shirts.

Two ten mile events at East Grinstead and Haywards Heath, followed by a 10k in Burgess Hill were completed by 11 club members. Jon Boxall completed the events in 1:13:13, 1:05:53 and 41:39. He was followed by Paul Turner (1:21:05, 1:16:24, 48:59), Nigel Cruttenden (1:29:01, 1:24:42, 54:31), Annette Maynard (1:29:55, 1:24:52, 54:19 and first in her age category), Gary Foley (1:43:54, 1:43:48, 1:04:30), Angela Bower (1:48:27, 1:42:08, 1:04:32), Hugh Stevenage (1:50:20 1:47:15, 1:03:11), Claire Giles (1:52:39, 1:47:53, 1:06:17), Helen Pratt (1:54:02, 1:45:43, 1:06:29), Jon Lavis (1:57:47, 1:51:25, 1:03:00) and Liz Hayward (2:10:39, 2:03:11, 1:18:39). The Haywards Heath 10 was also completed by John Palmer (1:27:56), Lara Maynard (1:31:59) and Kelly Tomsett (2:04:13). Additionally completing the Burgess Hill 10k were Kirsty Armstrong (48:15), Gordon Skeats (1:04:50), Kim Gow (1:06:38), Malcolm Slater (1:09:31), Gemma Tavener (1:15:36), Theresa Chalk (1:17:56) and Eileen Adlam (1:29:56).

At the Three Forts Marathon Mark Nicholls was the first club member to finish, in a time of 3:55:00. He was followed by Steve Matthews (4:13:05), Susan Lyle (4:31:42 - first in age category), Neil Phillpot (4:35:47), Darren Chilcott (4:43:55), Liz Carter (4:52:14), Lee Crow (5:14:06), Andrew Murrell (5:18:34) and Di Delderfield (5:27:45). In the Three Forts Half Marathon Steve Bird led the club home in 1:39:14. Behind him were Oliver Jones (1:57:12), Alice Birdsall (2:08:48), Neil Dawson (2:12:53), Sheryl Caldecourt (2:17:25), Keith Delderfield (2:17:50), Nick Dawson (2:21:22) and Clare Payne (2:21:48).

Elsewhere James Sorbie and Hannah Watkins completed the Barcombe 10k in 41:52 (2nd place) and 1:07:53 respectively. Neil Grigg and Rich Neale completed the Milton Keynes 5k and Marathon. Neil’s times were 18:50 and 3:25:23, Rich’s were 22:21 and 5:36:52.

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