By Benny Coxhill, Race Director
We celebrated this year’s theme of Victory with the long course race running past Danny House where the terms of the Armistice were drawn up 100 years ago at the end of the Great War. The runners may have been thinking more about the sweltering heat as they went by. It is a tough course, going over the top of Wolstonbury Hill, and we see many of the same faces each year enjoying the challenge. This year the sheep joined in at one point, blocking the route on Danny Drive, much to the marshal’s surprise.
Running came home this year as all the race winners were Hurstpierpoint residents. The full results can be found on the Fair website but the winners are listed below.
A special mention goes to Cerys Dickinson who started the short course but caught up with and decided to stick with the long course runners. Unfortunately we didn’t record an accurate time for her but we hope to see her next year when she may be challenging for a medal.
I’d like to say a big thank you to the sponsors:
• Places for People at the Triangle for prizes including gym membership for the long race winners and family swims for the Family Prize winners.
• The Jog Shop in Brighton for race equipment and prize vouchers.
• Burgess Hill Runners for use of their race equipment.
• Hartley’s Off-Licence for the beautifully decorated bottles for the winners and water bottles on the course and at the end.
• Ashley & Thomas and the Co-op for the bananas and sweets.
The event relies on our marshals and other volunteers, many from Burgess Hill Runners, without whom this could not have gone ahead. A special thanks to the Army Cadets who turned out in force for the fun run after helping stall holders since early in the morning. Also thanks to Kevin Battel from Run Britain for performing the Race Adjudicator duties once again, as well as running the race.
Long course men:
1st 33.10 - Tom Roberts. Setting a new course record. Tom has moved up to the long course for the first time this year, having made the short course his own by winning the cup four times. As he is only 16 his prize bottle of wine went to his mother.
2nd 34.42 - Emil Pruden. A very creditable time considering he tripped and hurt himself.
3rd 36.07 - Alexander Rawlinson
Long course women:
1st 46.37 - Laura O’Grady Serrut. Exactly 2 minutes quicker than last year. Laura’s prize Prosecco was soon displayed on Facebook after the race.
2nd 49.58 - Geraldine Tyler on her first attempt at the race.
3rd 56.52 - Emily Webster also taking part for the first time.
Short course boys:
1st 12:24 - Freddie Shalloe. For the first time, narrowly beating Imogen at the finish. Freddie’s dad was taking part in the long run.
2nd 13:02 - George Corke. A fun run regular, just outside the medals last year.
3rd 13:34 - Charlie Laing
Short course girls:
1st 12.27 - Imogen Reed. 24 seconds faster than last year and only 3 seconds behind Freddie. This was her third attempt.
2nd 15:56 - Hannah Jemmett
3rd 16:19 - Isabelle Chan