Harriers take on their toughest challenges yet

Haywards Heath Harriers at the Horsham 10k
Haywards Heath Harriers at the Horsham 10k

Last weekend three Harriers stepped-up a distance and took part in the North Downs Way 50 Ultra held by Centurion Running.

The NDW50 is a 50 mile point to point run along the North Downs Way national trail from Farnham in Surrey to Knockholt Pound on the outskirts of Greater London. Total climb: 5,600 feet. Now in its 5th year the course remains unchanged in that time and reflects the first 50 miles of the trail.

Phil Payne and Kim Lo took on the Great Wall of China Marathon last weekend

Phil Payne and Kim Lo took on the Great Wall of China Marathon last weekend

In near-perfect dry weather conditions and with the help of support crew Bev and Emma Navesey, Ridley had a tremendous debut race finishing high in the ladies field in a time of 10h35m. Navesey fought-off mid-race cramp problems to finish in 11h44m with Bicknell shortly behind in 11h56m, all three completed the distance comfortably within the 13-hour cut-off time required to earn the coveted finishers’ medal.

Not to be outdone, Harriers Kim Lo and Phil Payne took on one of the world’s toughest marathons this weekend at the Great Wall of China. The couple completed the course including 5,164 steps in very hot conditions in an impressive 5 hours and 2 minutes.

Results are also in for last weekend’s multi-terrain Horsham 10k, the latest race in the Sussex Grand Prix, organised by Horsham Joggers. Ben Gibson finished in a fantastic second place in his time of 35:29, closely followed by brother Jamie in seventh (36:15). Nami Cikalo (45:19) was first female Harrier with a great performance on this undulating course.

Full results: Jack Chivers, Jason Russell 40:30, Graham Jenner 46:20, Amanda Soper 47:54, Sarah Banks 48:00, Katherine Buckeridge 48:29, Michelle Pearce 50:26, Marion Hemsworth 52:40, Verity Coombes 53:40, Justine Tanner 55:48, Peter Cobbett 56:30.

Results – Sussex County Track & Field Championships - Saturday 14Th & Sunday 15Th May 2016

U15 BOYS - Daniel Adams 800m, Heat, 7th, 2:51.9; Discus, 6th, 10m37: Long Jump, 9th 3m70; U17 WOMEN - Darja Knotkova-Hanley, 3000m, 3rd, 11:02.8*; U20 MEN - Simeon Cousins, 400m, 2nd, 52.54*; SENIOR WOMEN - Lucie Venables, Long Jump, 2nd, 4m18* and 400mH, 3rd, 76.92*

SENIOR MEN - Ben Radcliffe, Triple Jump, 2nd, 11m20*

* Medal Awarded

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