Bumper Harrier turnout for Phoenix 10k

Carl Bicknell, Marion Hemsworth, Kat Barrett and Phil Payne ran the Surrey Slog on Sunday
Carl Bicknell, Marion Hemsworth, Kat Barrett and Phil Payne ran the Surrey Slog on Sunday

The Haywards Heath Harriers had a massive 32 runners out for the Phoenix 10k last week, a firm favourite in the running calendar.

The Sussex Grand Prix race is a fast, flat, out and back course from Hove Lawns to Shoreham Power Station and the warm evening and light winds meant that personal best times were up for grabs.

Ever present amongst the top runners in the county, Kim Lo was fifth lady home in 39:48. First Harrier in 33:54 was Glen Driver who was a brilliant ninth overall in a field of top talent.

Driver was pleased with his performance: “I set out to run sub-34 minutes. I found the first 5km tough - my legs felt sluggish and I was a little concerned at halfway that I’d miss out. At the turning point, things seemed to improve and I was able to maintain my pace and sneak under my target time.”

Also in the top 30 and with some excellent performances were Phil Hardaway (35:02) and Rob Watts (35:20).

Full results

Russ Mullen 36:01 Paul Cousins 36:31 Tom Mullen 36:46 Andy Guy 37:48 Michael Burke 38:20 Steve Dallman 38:28 Rob Coomber 39:12 Barry Tullett 39:18 Ben Adams 39:37 Jason Russell 39:43 Siobhan Amer 41:40 Kat Barrett 42:08 Mike Scholes 42:38 Graham Jenner

43:23 Richard Cole 45:29 Carl Bicknell 45:45 Bryan Tiller 46:02 Sarah Banks 46:30

Katherine Buckeridge 47:28 Amanda Soper 48:30 Matthew Quinton 49:01 Chris Glanfield 52:27 Shelagh Robinson 52:33 Peter Cobbett 53:09 Klara Boarder 52:59 Jack Chivers 53:41 Natalie Chivers 53:41 Rupert Purchase 54:15.

Taking place in and around Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, Jack and Natalie Chivers ran the Newham London 10k on Sunday. Natalie clocked an impressive new PB for the distance of 53:07 with Jack, nursing an injury, finishing in 39:41. They were rewarded with a finish in the Olympic Stadium.

Also on Sunday, five Harriers took on the Surrey Slog, an off-road Half in the Surrey hills. First home on this tough course was Phil Payne in 1:36. Kat Barrett ran well in 1:53, closely followed by Carl Bicknell who clocked 1:57 despite a fall in the last mile. Graham Jenner (2:00) and Marion Hemsworth (2:15) rounded off a good day for the Harriers.

In Saturday’s Clair parkrun, the course record was smashed by second claim Harrier Chris Smith who ran the hilly 5km course in a stunning 15:46.

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