Fletcher and Keith lead the Seaford Striders home in 5k

Simon Fletcher

Simon Fletcher

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Over 1,200 runners battled against challenging conditions presented by strong south-westerly winds and intermittent rain, whilst taking part in the Bexhill Poppy Races, where runners were divided between the 5K, 10K and Half Marathon events. All of the races started and finished on the lawns outside the De La Warr Pavilion, and followed a seafront course.

The races were organised by the Raising Money for Good Causes charity, with all entry fees and donations going direct to charities. The beneficiaries were the Royal British Legion, SERV Sussex (emergency blood transport service, supported totally by volunteer riders) and Royal Marines Help the Wounded. Money raised will also be providing grants to local under-25s to promote their physical wellbeing.

Clare Keith

Clare Keith

The focus for the Seaford Striders was centred on the Poppy 5K, which was the penultimate Sussex Grand Prix race of the season. It was strongly contested by eight Striders, all of whom were on top form, none more so than the ever reliable Simon Fletcher who was tenth overall, in a cracking time of 17:48. Also on top form was Luke Borland 20:18 and first female Strider and sixth female overall, was Clare Keith in 21:35. Not hanging around either were Christian Morton 23:15, Sue Garner 25:08, Chris Le Beau 26:39, Anna Norman 27:02 and Tom Roper 28:16.

Whilst the 5K was the Striders main focus, David Hammond completed in the 10K event, finishing in a very speedy 1:11:53.

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