Action packed August Bank Holiday weekend for Lewes AC runners
The bank holiday weekend gave Lewes runners the chance to shine in four challenging running event. Locally there was the Newick 10K, the Hove Hornets 9.5K ‘Stinger’ and the 5K Kings Head Canter at East Hoathly. Somewhat further away there was the Reykjavik Marathon in Iceland where the club was represented.
On the Bank Holiday Monday 50 club members and friends took part in the Kings Head Canter both to enjoy the race and to raise funds for the Charity the British Retinitis Pigmentosa Society. This charity is led locally by David Bradford is supported by the club and raises funds to tackle inherited blindness. Running as the Canter for Sight team club members had some excellent results.
Leading the way in fourth position was Mat Bradford in a time of 15mins 49secs closely followed by his brother David with a time of 16mins 20secs. Canter for Sight runners had nine runners in the top 20 of the 200 person race. They were Chris Gilbert (9th 17.29) Toby Baker (11th 17.59) Alan Velecky (13th 18.16) Lee Woodgate (14th 18.23) John Lowden 17th 18.32) Constantine Calliafas (18th 18.35) and Allan Jackson (19th 18.42)
Lara Barazzuol was the first woman in the race having had a titanic battle with last year’s winner of the women’s race Emma Rollings. Lara finished just three seconds ahead at the finish with a time of 19mins 03secs. Maddy Smith was third women home in a time of 20mins 22secs.
The Newick 10K race on the Sunday saw nine club members take on the challenge of the race which had 200 competitors. Clearly using the race as warm up for the Monday 5K event Lara Barazzuol finished in 25th position overall and 2nd senior woman in a time of 40mins 34secs. Megan Taylor was the 5th senior women to finish in a time of 44mins 09secs. Allan Jackson also warming up for Monday finished in 15th position overall and 8th veteran runner in a time of 38mins 42secs.
On the same Sunday 11 club members took on the challenge of a tough 9.5K run over the Sussex Downs. With 200 runners in the race and showing how strong the women’s section of the club has now become Sarah Godley finished 24th overall and was the winner of the women’s race with a time of 44mins 07secs. Carole Walters finished as 7th women in a time of 50mins 36secs. Leading for the men was Greg Emans who finished in 11th position overall in a time of 41mins 21secs. Others in the top 30 were Andrew Chitty (20th 43.35) Simon Roberts (27th 44.28) Gerard Dummett (30th 45.12)
Ploughing a lonely furrow in Iceland was Andrew Masters who was taking on the challenge of not only a hilly marathon but also one that was half a mile too long. Despite these challenges Andrew finished in 19th position overall in a personal best time of 2 hours 57mins 52secs. He was also 5th veteran in the 1,700 person race only beaten by a Swede, a Latvian, an American and someone from the Faroe Islands.