Strider Geoff shines in strong field at Sussex Grand Prix

GEOFF Gray was in top form for the Striders in Horsham.

Geoff was first for the Seaford running club and came a superb fifth overall in the Sussex Grand Prix Series with a time of 36.51.

Gareth Hutchinson was 12th in 38.45 and Colin Hannant 24th with 40.46.

For the ladies, Natalie MacCreath was first home and – 82nd overall in: 45:46 while Karen Clinton achieved 149th, 50:04.

Sue Garner now in the F65 category achieved 160th, 50:49.Twins Annie and Alice Line, juniors achieved 201st, 54:04 and 261st, 1:02:01 respectively.

Other times: Phil Robinson: 45th, 42:48, Richard Honeyman: 81st, 45:45, Rob Webber 128th, 48:32, Chris Le Beau 179th, 51:54, Tony Dray 190th, 53:17, Richard Kimber 248th, 59:37 and Martin Bulger 253rd, 59:59.

Next up is the Rye 10 this Sunday. In the capital, on the same day, is the annual Bupa 10K which is on this year’s Olympic Marathon course, and three Striders are taking part in that.

In the Hastings five-mile race, the seventh in the Sussex Grand Prix series, a lovely spring day with blue skies and light easterly winds greeted the runners.

Thirteen Striders took part which started/finished at the town hall and progressed westwards along the promenade to St Leonards until the return.

The course record was broken by male and female on this occasion with Paulo Natali and Silva Del Feva coming in 25:14 and 28:50 respectively.

As far as the Striders were concerned the first three men had good times in this fast race: Geoff Gray (8th overall, 29:24), Phil Carr (20th 30:42) and Phil Robinson who was debuting at this race and completed all SGP races so far 48th 33:32.

Other men were Ray Smith (93rd 36:09), Richard Honeyman (99th, 36:45), Rob Webber (133rd, 38:57), Laurence Howick (154th, 40:25), Richard Kimber (214th, 45:35), Martin Bulger (220th, 46:31) and Bill Sholl (227th, 47:26).

Three ladies also took part: Jackie Webber (167th , 41:19), with Zoe King (197th, 44:19) and Joanne Leigh (213nd 45:33) making their debut at this race both and were happy with their times.