GORING Road Runners’ annual West Sussex Fun Run League Hangover five-mile race saw a record number of finishers on Friday.
The event, which takes place on New Year’s Day each year, had 504 runners complete the opening race of the WSFRL season.
Runners braved the muddy and damp conditions, with Crawley Athletics Club’s Paul Navesey first home in 30min 26sec.
Portslade Hedgehoppers’ Patrick Roddy was close behind as he finished just eight seconds behind Navesey.
Chichester’s James Baker was third in 31-03.
The women’s race was won by Crawley’s Martha Coyle in 35-14. Worthing Harriers took the other two podium places, with Sarah Kingston second in 35-23 and Louisa Mant third in 37-14.
Event organiser Dave Harris was delighted with the turnout and said: “It was a great day for all involved.
“We were not expecting that many competitors but in the end we had runners from Yorkshire, Dorset, Somerset and Hampshire, as well as Sussex.
“We were quite fortunate that the rain held off for the race but the course was still very muddy.
“A number of races last season had record numbers turn out, so it was pleasing to continue that trend in the first race of 2016.
“I would also like to thank Worthing College for allowing us to use their car park for the race. Without use of their car park, it would be tricky to get the race on.”
Worthing Harriers are the next club to host a WSFRL race, with the Worthing Lido four-mile event on January 31.
Club times – Arunners: Robin Charnock 37:09, Andy Stadden 37:25, Stuart Bellis 37:40, Vitorio Varisco 38:58, Chris Rowe 39:17, Artur Kurczak 40:17, Mark Cheeseman 40:49, Daren Stemp 41:06, Tim Critchfield 41:51, Dereck Sadler 42:50, Mandy Tulley 43:20, Janet Cobby 43:32, Karl Twort 44:55, Tony Holcombe 45:01, Dave Lewis 45:48, Bill Savage 45:49, Damon Block 47:02, Nathan Kowlessa 47:04, Simon Waller 48:23, Nicky Critchfield 48:48, David Guiel 49:02, Suzie Crabtree 49:28, Linda Cooper 49:54, Rod Wilcock 50:01, Mark Giuatt 50:16, Peter French 50:44, Malcolm Sheward 51:09, Nuala Smyth 51:47,
Carolin Till 53:34, Toria Lyle 54:07, Tania Carter 56:02, Judi Bond 56:22, Ian Reader 57:39, Lyndsay Jeffery 58:10, Martin Jeffery 58:18, Mel Lovell-Knight 58:36, Sarah Mann 58:55, Joanna Kurczak 60:27, Nicole Ewer 60:28, Jenny Smith 1:01:18, Phil McErlain 1:01:32, Sandra Burgess 1:03:07, Carl Rota 1:04:52, Paul Darbyshire 1:05:23, Tracy Stemp 1:05:49, Maureen Flint 1:06:04, Tony Flint 1:07:17, Wendy Squires 1:07:27.
Goring Road Runners: Magna Strycharska 48:32.
Lancing Eagles: Barney Bristow 36:51, Steve Thomas 37:03, Mark Hedgecock 41:33, John Hardy 42:15, Adam Staniforth 42:47, Rob Harrington 43:01, Chris Hayes 43:44, Steve Harrington 43:49, Jed Dickerson 44:24, Tony Bladen 46:14, John Little 46:27, John Podesta 47:51, Timothy Marshallsay 48:05, Jo Blayden 50:10, Andrew Blake 51:47, Nick Austin 53:24, Claire Johnson 59:06, Tracey Thomas 60:29, Yian Soloman 60:47, Stephen Divers 60:54.
Southwick Strollers: Jim Noakes 52:13, Russ Akehurst 56:15, Kerry Paxton 56:33, Rob Miles 60:57, Sue Oakes 1:02:23.
Steyning Athletics Club: John Killick 32:57, Simon Turk 36:58, Lee Oxley 38:54, Hugh Clarke 43:43, Susy Cookes 48:49, Neil Batchelor 53:42, Jim Newton 59:26, Mags Newton 1:01:03.
Worthing Harriers: Sarah Kingston 36:24, Matthew Wilson 36:47, Louisa Mant 37:14, Thomas Bunce 38:18, Darren Lodge 38:27, David Blake 41:12, Lee Gullives 43:52, Ian Foster 49:37, Deborah Pitt 50:11, Charlie Leggo 50:11, Lesley Tugwell 51:01, Sharla Elder 54:09, Libi Ford 1:04:43, Ann Morrey 1:04:54.
Worthing Striders: Robert Henderson 36:03, Angus Kirby 38:00, Martin White 38:38, Andy Sach 39:48, Keith Fowler 40:51, Simon Grundy 41:30, Paul Hewitt 41:54, Phillip Waddup 44:06, Ian Puttock 44:10, Neil Rabone 44:22, Paul Hurley 44:26, Stephen Feest 44:34, Dawn Cobbett 47:52, Richard Speller 47:55, Fabienne Bachtiger 49:04, Glen Parisi 50:08, Elaine Sinclair 52:31, Ken Bolton 59:38, Laura Carter 1:02:48, Stef Ransley 1:21:09, Sheila Bailey 1:38:43.
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