Hastings Half Marathon

Several of the club’s runners took on the challenge of the Hastings half marathon on Sunday. In the  year of the 950th anniversary of the battle of Hastings, the field of over 3000 runners had a tough battle of their own over the first 7 miles, and encountered some very tough climbs as the runners made their way towards Battle, and then a fast downhill section through Hastings ‘old town’ towards the seafront finish. First home for the club was Robin Butler who had a strong run, finishing in 109th place in a time of 1:28:32, closely followed by Scott Lynch who finished in 155th place in 1:30:01. Keith Haynes, using the race as part of his training for his marathon debut at Brighton next month, came home in 1:51:34, followed home by Steve Hickman in 1:52:56, and Ingvild Firth in 1:57:15.

Orla Quearney completed her first race for the club on Sunday, as she took part in the North London half marathon, which finishes inside the iconic Wembley Stadium. She ran a new personal best as she completed the course in a time of 1:55:15.

Kate Williams had an excellent race on Sunday in the Heart of Kent Maidstone 10k, as she finished as the 2nd lady in a new personal best of 49:40.

Jon Wells had a race to remember on Sunday, as he won his age category, finished in 4th place overall and ran a new personal best of 39:17 in the Canterbury Riverside 10k.

Amanda Bashford reached her half century of marathons, as she completed the Week at the Knees marathon around Caldecote lake near Milton Keynes on Saturday. Amanda completed the course in 4:20:40 and finished as the 2nd lady.

Steve Wellsted completed the Sussex CTS half marathon on Saturday. Run on a very hilly and tough course, Steve finished in a time of 2:33:00.