Hailsham Harriers had a team of twenty seven of their runners participating in the 16th Bewl 15 mile race incorporating the British Masters Multi Terrain Championship around the tracks and paths at Bewl Water near Wadhurst.
A bumper entry of almost 700 runners included many from throughout the UK but after all the recent dry weather they had to contend with early morning rain which soon created much of the course to become slippery causing a number to fall however the air temperature was comfortable for distance running.
This event was also part of the Sussex Grand Prix series and on form Harrier David Ayling showed that he is also quick over the range of longer distances by storming home in 16th place from the overall winner Ben Cole (1h29m54s)Tonbridge AC.
Sue Fry’s season gets even better with a superb second place in the ladies race and 1st vet only 2 seconds down from the overall winner Tina Oldershaw Paddock Wood AC in 1h46m18s.
Also into the overall top 100 places were Alan Thornton 57th (3rd O55)and Liz Lumber 87th (1st O45) with many other Harriers running personal best times despite the tricky conditions. Harriers positions and times were as follows: 16th David Ayling 1h38m52s. 40th Sue Fry (2nd Lady) 1h46m20s, 57th Alan Thornton 1h48m51s, 87th Liz Lumber 1h53m03s, 117th Dave Coulson 1h56m02s, 128th Tom Clewley 1h57m22s, 155th Peter Daws 2h00m42s, 171st Graham Woolley 2h01m57s, 173rd Ian Turnbull 2h02m09s, 182nd Graham Purdye 2h02m55s, 190th Giles Bowmer 2h04m02s, 217th Martin Bell 2h06m26s, 237th Ivor Rumsey 2h07m47s, 253rd Mark Bassett 2h08m26s, 281st Peter Drake 2h11m10s, 314th Neal Robinson 2h14m19s, 339th Tracy Erridge 2h17m50s, 346th Frances Delves (2nd O60) 2h18m50s, 421st Norman Harris 2h26m25s, 438th Roberto Proietti 2h28m35s, 441st Louise Taylor 2h28m54s, 464th Rebecca Holland 2h32m05s, 478th Catherine Brewer 2h33m40s, 479th Richard Tickner 2h33m33s, 490th Lisa Phillips 2h35m34s, 539th John Taylor 2h41m21s, 608th Alan Roberts 2h52m19s.
In the South Coast series Dan Linford-Jones had a superb run in the 5k race with 25m15s to finish in 6th place.
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