Neil Boniface of Horsham Joggers won the champion’s trophy and set a new course record in Sunday’s Horsham 10k race, beating the previous record set by James Baker of Chichester in 2009 by 11 seconds to finish in a stunning 32.19, on a day blessed with cool, calm weather and firm conditions underfoot.
346 runners competed in Sunday’s event, including teams from 32 Sussex and Surrey running clubs, on the challenging two-lap course which starts at Horsham Rugby Club and includes the rough terrain of Sunoak bridleway and the long, steep climb of Hammerpond Road.
With no fewer than 50 runners at the starting line, the home team looked set to dominate the event despite stiff competition, particularly from Lewes AC. The latter’s 3 fastest runners secured the Men’s Team Prize, but 7 of the remaining 14 prizes went to the Joggers, with 5 of their number finishing in the top 20.
For the home team, in 5th place overall and 1st in the Vet 45 category was Bryan Camfield in 36.03, with Dean Angell just 20 seconds behind, giving him 1st place in the Vet 50 category. In a continuing show of great form this season, Catherine Corck was 1st Senior Woman (2nd woman overall) in a new personal best time of 41.39 and, together with Rachael Guckenheim (41.58) and Samantha Smith (47.00), won the Women’s Team Prize for the Joggers. Steve Wilson was 1st Vet 60 Man in 43.44, and Sue Paterson 1st Vet 45 Woman in 49.06. Full results are available online at www.
Before the adult race, 46 children competed in a 1.2k Junior Fun Run. First home was Jamie Dooley in 3.54 (1st Male Under 14), followed by Hannah Haines in 4.14 (1st Female Under 16) and Esme Bertelsen in 4.15 (1st Female Under 14). Other firsts in category were Edwards Brennan (Male Under 12, 4.31), Ben Rymarz (Male Under 8, 4.54), Alex Matthews (Male Under 10, 4.56) Cece Bertelsen (Female Under 10, 5.13), Isabel Colenso (Female Under 12, 5.17) and Lucy Van Yperen (Female Under 8, 5.42).
Paul Aylett and his team of 75 volunteer marshals and helpers from the Horsham Joggers and Lions Clubs ensured that the reputation of this event as one of the best run and most welcoming in the
Sussex Grand Prix calendar was enhanced once again.
The organisers would like to thank all who gave their time to make the day such a success, and pay tribute to the event sponsors whose generous help made it possible. All profits from the event will go to the nominated charities of the two clubs, which this year include the Motor Neurone Disease Association, enabling Horsham Lions to continue helping those in need in the local community.