SEAFORD: Weather fails to dampen spirits at half marathon

Seaford Half-Marathon members of the Parachute Regiment and family and friends of Pte Dan Prior who was killed in action ran in his memory June 5th 2011 E23072M
Seaford Half-Marathon members of the Parachute Regiment and family and friends of Pte Dan Prior who was killed in action ran in his memory June 5th 2011 E23072M

HUNDREDS of people braved the rain to take part in the Seaford Half Marathon at the weekend.

The course stayed dry until around two hours into the event when the heavens opened.

Seaford Half-Marathon June 5th 2011

Seaford Half-Marathon June 5th 2011

The event, which is organised by NPS Lions, with the support of other organisations, saw a record number of entrants enter.

Around 775 people signed up for the challenge, which saw participants set off from Bonningstedt Parade and finish by the Rugby Club.

More than 60 soldiers ran in memory of Private Daniel Prior to raise funds for the 27-year-old’s baby son Logan. The team, from D Company 2 Para (the second battalion, Parachute Regiment) ran while wearing kit bags.

They were joined by friends Chris Hearn and Jamie Linkson who were also raising money for the cause.

Daniel, who was a Peacehaven resident before joining the army, died in March after he was wounded by an improvised explosive device.

The half marathon was opened by NPS president Bill Yoxall and afterwards Seaford mayor councillor Linda Wallraven handed out the prizes.

Mr Yoxall said, “Everyone enjoyed it and we had some great compliments.

“We had the biggest list of applicants we have ever had, mostly because of the paratroopers that came along in memory of their colleague Private Daniel Prior. They wore 35 pound kit bags and I was really impressed. I could barely lift one let along walk or run with it.

“It was a real community event and well supported.”

Mr Yoxall would like to thank everyone that supported the day.