Great performances and course personal bests were achieved by runners from Eastbourne Rovers Ac at the Beachy head 10k and marathon on Saturday 29th October.
Ross Brocklehurst took advantage of ideal weather conditions to finish in fourth place in the 10k event. Ross crossed the line in 38 minutes and 28 seconds. Neil Davidson finished in sixteenth position in a time of 44:51, beating his previous best time by nearly two minutes. Sophie Saunders was the next rover to finish in 55:54.
There were also course personal bests for Joanne Van Heerden (56:00), nearly three minutes quicker than her time last year and for Saskia Jupp (1:05:35). Also completing the 10k were Sasha Stevens 1:02:08 Teresa Mitchell 1:05:50 Tracey Armstrong 1:29:03 and Nikki Young 1:49:40.
The marathon event, which goes through villages including Jevington, Alfriston and Littlington, is regarded as one of the most challenging marathons in England with over 4,300 ft of Elevation gain. Huw Oliphant was the first rover to cross the line and placed within the top 4% of finishers with an impressive time of 3 hours 43 minutes and 50 seconds. Huw’s time was 41 minutes quicker than his time in last year’s event. Lee Dunstall beat his course personal best by 7 minutes in a time of 4:29:50.
Despite a heavy fall after 15 miles, Andrew Bettiss finished only 36 seconds slower than his 2015 time in 4 hours 31 minutes and 10 seconds.
Matthew Stephens (4:40:08) and Richard Davis (4:40:10) were the next rovers to finish, with Richard beating his course PB by 23 minutes. They were followed by Louise Renforth in 4:42:47 and Robert Young in 4:44:41. In a sprint finish battle Jacqueline Wooller (5:47:07) beat Graham Weir by one second. Graham’s time of 5:47:08 was 18 minutes quicker than his previous Beachy Head best.
Also completing the marathon were Lucy Plant 5:33:41, Craig Shingfield 5:59:04 Graham Penny 6:08:08 and Debbie Davis 6:31:29.
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