Josh Rudd made sure the South Coast Run 10k trophy stayed within the town, finishing the race in first place.
This year’s race, on July 29, was part of the South Coast Triathlon and Half Marathon, 10k and 5k and took place under storm-lashed conditions. The 10k route is a flat, out-and-back two lap race of Seaford Esplanade. Under kinder weather conditions, it can offer up potential to achieve a personal best.
For the 2018 race, runners battled a strong headwind from the turn point at Newhaven and Seaford Sailing Club right back up to the Martello Tower.
Josh brushed off heavy rain to finish the 10k race in 38:30. He was joined by Kristiane Sherry, finishing in 49:19 to achieve 9th place in the ladies race. New Strider Lauren Morgan beat her first 10k time by more than a minute to finish in 1:08:28.
In the 5k, Katherine Elton achieved 4th place in the ladies race, finishing in 26:46.
Though the conditions were atrocious, the team gained welcome support from non-running Striders, smiling through the elements to clap, cheer and even ‘run in’ their team-mates for the final stages of their race.
* As of August 1, the race organisers have only published provisional timing results.
Picture: Josh in the dry with his trophy (with a little help from Orla!)