In what were ideal running conditions, current and founder members of the Seaford Striders came together, along with quite a few local runners to mark the 30th Anniversary of the club by participating in either a 2.5k or 5k fun run.
The off road, multi terrain 5K course headed out from the esplanade in Seaford to Tide Mills before looping back to finish at the Newhaven and Seaford Sailing Club where welcome refreshments were available. Although there were no hills on the course runners were still tested as some devious organiser had even included a stretch of shingle!
First across the line in an excellent time of 17:40 was Nick Shasha. First Strider, and second overall was Simon Fletcher in 18:40, brilliant running given that Simon had already run 8 miles prior to the race commencing. Close on Simon’s heals were Gareth Hutchinson, 19:23; Scott Hitchcock; 19:49; Luke Borland, 20:22 and Dave Dunstall 20:31.
Striders’ Claire Keith was first female across the line in an impressive 21:26, (also beating her husband Dean and other family members). Junior Striders also competed in the 5K run with Jago Hussein coming in as first Junior Boy in a very creditable 24:35, his sisters Afra, 33:21 (first Junior Girl) and Maia, 34:58 also impressed.
Other notable runs included Phil Robinson, 21:33; Christian Morton, 24:55; Joe Plant, 25:12; Wendy Reed, 27:13; Tom Batts, 28:09; Trevor Jones, 29:05; Andy McDonald, 29:31; Terry Ward, 31:42 and Tom Roper, 32:09
In the 2.5K fun run Chloe Jenkins was outstanding in 16:46 and she was followed across the line by Wilf Tutton in 17:32. Oscar Blackwell, 20:52; Jenson Evans, 21:13; Clayton Page, 21:19 and Charlotte Lyons, 24:06 also put in excellent performances.