Burgess Hill Runners clock up the miles in style

The "Blue Army" at the Eastbourne Half
The "Blue Army" at the Eastbourne Half

Burgess Hill Runners were clocking up the miles in style last weekend as a variety of distances and terrains were available to the eager racers.

Jill Craigs triumphed at the Eastbourne Half Marathon, a road race with a tricky hill near the beginning. Undeterred, Jill clocked a new PB of 1:56:13. She finished with Mark Craigs (1:56:13 also), followed by Paul Russell 2:12:44, Kay McMenamin (2:17:54), Jon Lavis (2:27:38) and Hugh Stevenage (2:35:20).

Meanwhile, the Steyning Stinger Marathon and Half Marathon was the focus of several of their club mates. Taking in some muddy conditions and steep climbs, Mark Nicholls led the club home in the Marathon with a stunning time of 4:11:08. Not far behind were: Sharona Harrington (4:13:31), Darren Chilcott (4:20:34), Jill Bennett (5:53:10), Vicky Connolly (5:53:11), Cath Beckett (5:53:13) and Marie Carey (5:53:14). In the Half Marathon, Gary Woolven was the first club finisher with a time of 1:52:53. He was followed by: Steve Bird (2:03:38), James Sorbie (2:03:38), Trevor Symes (2:07:29), Andy Sayers (2:08:33), Simon Thompson (2:12:28), Benny Coxhill (2:16:33), Debbie Saint (2:17:36), Emma Buckland (2:18:08), Lee Crow (2:21:51), Andrew Gasson (2:23:20), Alan Fry (2:24:34), Catherine Kempton (2:24:34), Jason Wadey (2:24:34), Daniel Belton (2:37:16), Clare Payne (2:37:18), Linda Russell (2:43:36), Gary Foley (2:43:36), Philippe Ecaille (2:46:03), Karen Harvey (2:46:04), Gill Berglund (2:51:16), Helen Pratt (3:09:18), Hannah Watkins (3:09:18), Paula Ridley (3:22:54), Richard Ridley (3:22:54), Theresa Chalk (3:25:35), Malcolm Slater (3:25:37) and Jennifer Nicoll (3:47:52).

Elsewhere, Neil Grigg shattered the Milton Keynes 20 Mile Race in a time of 2:19:56, Jamie and Emma Goodhead completed the Berkhamstead Half in impressive times of 1:34:33 and 1:44:27 respectively and Jonathan Lelliott ran an awesome 40:27 at the Selsey 10k.

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