Shoreham woman feels ‘unsafe’ running in the dark

Laura-Jayne Hazzard Shoreham Beach runner SUS-150925-160419001
Laura-Jayne Hazzard Shoreham Beach runner SUS-150925-160419001

AN AVID runner said the lack of street lighting along Shoreham Beach in the early mornings makes her feel ‘unsafe’ on her daily run.

Laura-Jayne Hazzard has been running along Shoreham Beach for a year, but said as winter approaches she is left running alone in complete darkness.

The 27-year-old designer said: “I normally leave the house at 5.30am when I run. So the sunlight doesn’t go up until later in the morning, so I need to change my route because only part of the beach is lit and the rest is in the dark.

“I don’t feel safe, especially on the beach side and there’s not a lot of houses to run to if something happened.

“I know I’ll be running, but I’m not the fastest of runners.”

A spokesman for West Sussex County Council said all street lights were programmed to come on according to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT).

He said: “During winter months, the lights come on between dusk and midnight and then between 5.30am until dawn.

“However, in summer, when the clocks go forward to reflect British Summer Time (BST), the lights don’t.

“That is why during September/October it appears the lights switch on an hour later.

“When the clocks go back, the lights will be back on at 5.30am.”

Laura-Jayne added: “I’d like to see the council turn all the lights on, just for the early birds. They’re not on early enough.”

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