The Seaford Striders Club Grand Prix 2017 is shaping up for a tight finish in both the women’s and the men’s leagues – with just four races to go!
Over the course of the year Striders have been taking part in Club Grand Prix races, with the first-placed runner scoring 20 points, the second 19, third 18, etc.
Of the 15 total races Striders must take part in a minimum of six races, with points from a maximum of 10 counting.
In the women’s race, just eight points separate the top three. Emily Eaton leads with 120 points, closely followed by Hilary Humphreys on 118, and then Kristiane Sherry on 113. The full standings are below (click to zoom).
In the men’s competition, Ben Shorer is out in front on 129 points, with Joel Eaton second on 100 and Ed Tuckley third on 95. Full standings below – click to zoom.
There are just four races to go – with a total of 80 points still up for grabs! Any paid-up member is eligible to enter, and all are welcome to take part in the following (some of which handily overlap with the Sussex Grand Prix schedule): Lewes Downland 10 Mile (1 Oct), Hove Prom 10k (29 Oct), a TBC cross country race, and Crowborough 10k (3 Dec).
The latest results for the Sussex Grand Prix league are now available!
With just four races to go, the Seaford Striders men are sitting third in the team standings – a great performance. Simon Fletcher is currently ranked second overall in the county league, with Luke Borland fourth – the full standings can be found here.
Club standings below – click on the image for the full-size table:
The women’s team is also running well, currently in 11th place, with Anna Norman 28th overall and Hilary Humphreys ranked 54th. Again, the standings are here.
Club standings below, click for full size:
The Sussex Grand Prix is a series of races held throughout the year with points awarded based on finishing positions. To be eligible for final placings, runners must complete a minimum of 8 races over the year.
There are four races left in 2017: Barns Green Half Marathon (24 Sept), Lewes Downland 10 Mile (1 Oct), Hove Prom 10k (29 Oct), and Crowborough 10k (3 Dec). Do sign up and take part!
Mince Pie total entries now stands at 175 !! Get your entry in asap to be sure of a place!
By Hilary Humphreys
A relatively small field of just over 200 runners crossed the finish line at a very hot and humid Newick Will Page 10k, providing an excellent opportunity to pick up those vital Sussex Grand Prix points. A strong field of ten club runners took full advantage for Seaford Striders.
Simon Fletcher was first home, 5th overall in a cracking time of 37:35 (no pun intended, even though he was suffering from bruised ribs, following a fall incurred during training). Luke Borland was also in good form, crossing the line in 14th place in a notable time of 40:08. Hard on his heels was Dave Dunstall in 17th, 40:33. Next came Phil Robinson in 46:59 and Peter Weeks in 50:07.
Next it was the turn of the women, with Anneka Redley taking the honour of being first female Strider in a brilliant time of 50:29, while Anna Norman was not far behind in 52:15. Also running very well were Richard Honeyman in 54:15 and Terry Ward in 55:44.
Entries are now open for Seaford Striders’ annual festive 10-mile charity race, the Mince Pie 10, which this year will take place on Sunday 10 December.
The challenging, chip-timed race route takes in the beautiful countryside around Telscombe and Saltdean in East Sussex, starting and finishing at Peacehaven Leisure Centre.
The mixed-terrain challenge continues to go from strength-to-strength and places get snapped up well before race day. Early registration is highly recommended!
Every year the Mince Pie 10 raises funds for a local charity, with Headway East Sussex the 2017 beneficiary. The Newick-based organisation offers rehabilitation and support to people following brain injuries, and supports families and carers.
As usual, runners are welcome to take part in fancy dress, and Sussex Sport Photography will be on hand to capture all participants. A thank you goes to race sponsor and local estate agent David Jordan – do keep an eye out for David on the start line!
Enthusiastic marshals are guaranteed, and there will be plenty of water stations out on the course. A medal, goody bag and – naturally – a mince pie will await all finishers, alongside spot prizes and a raffle.
Online entry is available now via Nice-Work, and further details, including a course map, are available on the dedicated race page.