A LECTURER from Eastbourne was the first British runner home in the International Association of Ultrarunners’ World Trail Championships in Ireland.
Stuart Mills, winner of this year’s Beachy Head marathon and a principal lecturer at Chelsea School in Meads, came in 15th and helped the Great Britain and Northern Ireland team to fourth place overall among the 14 teams taking part.
He was selected for the five-man team after strong performances during 2010, including winning the prestigious Montane Lakeland 100, and finishing sixth in the Montane Highland Fling over 53 miles in April, which was the official UK Athletics selection race.
Stuart said, “This was the first time I had been selected to represent Britain at the elite level.
“Having run my first marathon at the age of 17, I have more than 30 years of running endurance experience, and I think that this helped contribute to my strong performance.”
He finished in a time of seven hours, 10mins and 42 seconds and said, “It was an absolutely fantastic experience, which was made even more special by my race performance being beyond my expectations.
“Working at the university in the field of Sport and Exercise Science at Chelsea School, we introduce to the students the underlying theory regarding the many factors that contribute to elite performance.
“It is quite satisfying to be able to personally put the theory into practice.”