I seem to remember that last year I got wet at the Club Championships.
Today was no different as nineteen hardy souls prepared to do battle
with the wet conditions on the traditional tough course that has
remained unchanged for over thirty years. I don’t think the puddles
were as deep this year, but there was some “in house” course
adjustment before the race as some Road Works cones were moved to
allow safe passage along a short section of the road near the
beginning of the race.
In the Men’s Race it was always going to be how close Billy Hobbs
could get to the outstanding course record of Tony Baldock set some
twenty-eight years ago. Conditions had put paid to any serious chase
and Billy finished in an excellent time of 30:40, almost two minutes
outside the record, but still looking as if he hadn’t run yet. A Men’s
record did fall with Andy Howey continuing to rewrite the M55 Record
It’s not all about chasing records and there were good races in both
the M40 and M60 categories with Simon Howden and Peter Richardson
respectively prevailing in these.
The ladies race saw Harriet Woolley improve on her time from last year
in recording 36:22 before embarking on some “topping up” miles in her
run up to the London Marathon. Not to be outdone by our Club Chairman
Stella Richardson continued in her assault on the Club F60 Records and
did improve on her last year record performance. Apparently, this was
after enjoying a School Reunion the previous evening. Is alcohol on
the WADA list of banned substances?
Nicola Morris retained her F45 title and Sonja King concluded her
Brighton Marathon training by winning the F35 category.
We cannot all be title or category winners but all those taking part
help to make this event and deserve the congratulations of all of us.
It is an event for all Club members.
I should also like to thank George Harris for his assistance.
Results & Event Records History attached