Horsham Joggers dominate Alf Shrubb race

Last weekend's Alf Shrubb race
Last weekend's Alf Shrubb race

More than 60 competitors took on rugged terrain at the fourth annual Alf Shrubb Memorial Race in Slinfold on Sunday (October 6).

The hilly five-mile cross-country course was dominated by 15 Horsham Joggers, four of whom came second, third, fourth and fifth.

Alf Shrubb

Alf Shrubb

Just a week after beating him decisively at Barns Green, Neil Boniface conceded first place to James Baker for the first time this season, finishing 29 seconds behind in 26mins 51secs.

Gareth Leighton finished third in 29.27, Pete O’Connell was fourth in 31.07, and Steve Wigmore fifth in 31.20.

Pete and Steve won the prizes for first and second Vet Man 50 respectively, in faster times than the first Vet Man 40.

John Willcox was first Slinfold man home and second Vet Man 40 (33.34), with Val Purnell winning the prizes for both third female runner overall and third female Vet 50 (37.35) - proving the race to be of remarkable triumphs for the over-50s of both sexes over their younger rivals.

The other nine Horsham Joggers also impressed with their times on the demanding terrain.

Chris Wigby (34:26), Geoff Fisher (35:41), Phil Liberman (37:41), Phil Daly (39:03), Peter Tyrrell (41:14), Sheila Dunne (44.28), Rebecca Walsh (45:52), Gill Blackburn (49:23) and Caroline Bransden (49:25).

A total of 66 runners took part.

Running club Mel’s Milers also had a strong presence at the event.

For the results visit http://sussexraces.co.uk/