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Izzy Coomber the first women finisher in the Brighton Half Marathon

After leading the Lewes AC women’s team to their second gold medal win in the Sussex Cross Country League Izzy turned to road running in the Brighton Half Marathon. With a fantastic run Izzy was the first women to cross the line in the race with nearly 8,000 runners. On a bitterly cold day in Brighton Izzy ran the 13.1miles in a cracking time 1 hour 19 minutes.

With another first place for a Lewes AC runner was David Price-Iles who was the first man aged over 60 in the race with a time of 1hour 33mins 34secs. This time placed David 489th overall in the race but first in his age group. Close behind in 906th place overall and in 8th place in the same age category was Andrew Chitty with a time of 1 hour 39mins 57secs.

Lydia Godfrey had a great run with a time of 1hour 27mins 51sec to finish 233rd overall and the 11th senior women. This time and her finish placed Lydia the 5th women in the women aged over 40 category.

Chris Coffey in the senior men’s category was placed 56th senior man with a time of 1hour 22mins 26secs. Harry strong in the same age group and with a time of 1hour 30mins 40secs finished a very creditable 197th

Having a closely fought battle in the men aged over 40 were Mike Green and Ben Hodgson who finished with just five seconds between them. With a time of 1 hour 27mins 21scs Ben just pipped Mike in the final few yards who finished with a time of 1 hour 27mins 26secs. Also competing in the men aged over 40 group were Gyles Abbot who finished 123rd with 1 hour 31mins 33secs and Mark Wilson 1hour 45mins 16secs.

There was also another tight race between the Lewes AC men aged over 50 who finished with only 38 seconds between them and just 5 finishing places. First across the line of the two Lewes AC runners in this particular over 50 battle was Geoff Watson in 194th place with a time of 1hour 49mins 10secs followed by Colin Hartland in 199th place with 1hour 49mins 48secs.

Doing much better in the women aged over 50 category was Fran Witt who secure a tremendous 33rd place with a time of 1hour 51mins 38secs.

Departing from her usual track racing over shorter distances Amy Davila took on the challenge of the half marathon and finished with a fantasic time of 1hour 30mins 17secs. Following on behind and just missing finishing under the very respectable 2 hour mark was Sophie Wainwright with a time 2hours 01mins 58secs. Ruth Wray finished a little further back with a time of 2hours 10mins 48secs.