Rye smiles for Brighton Phoenix 'bubble'
Nice Work promotes COVID-secure Rye 10 and 5 miles
There were 162 very happy finishers in the 9th Rye 10 miler and newly introduced 5-mile race on Sunday (23 August) – rescheduled from Sunday 3 May 2020.
After a successful test event (pictured above) in the picturesque East Sussex coastal village, voted Britain's favourite nature reserve in 2016, plans were confirmed for a COVID-secure event with a rolling start gate open for 90 minutes from 8:30 am.
Competitors departed in pre-determined groups of no more than 12 in five-minute intervals. Faster runners started first in each 'bubble' and the start area was restricted to athletes and essential officials. One noticeable element in the results was the yawning chasm between the gun time and chip time in many cases but thanks to the efficient MYLAPS Sporthive timing system the correct list was displayed online in short order.
Just two men broke 60 minutes in the longer race, enjoyed by 111 finishers in just over two hours. Top of the list was Gary Foster (HY Runners, 55:48) from David Ervine (Hastings, 58:39) with James Mountford (Hastings, 1:01:25) third.
In the women's race, there were joint PBs for Brighton Phoenix team-mates Rachel Gorman (1:05:27) and Bobby Searle (1:05:34) aided and abetted by leading male masters Paul Wishart (M50, 1:05:23) and Paul Whelpton (M65, 1:06:04) from their club's start 'bubble'.
Stacey Clusker (HY Runners, 1:07:03) was the third female ahead of another top age-grouper, Kate Allred (W50, 1:08:45) of Eynsham Road Runners.
The gentler option of 5 miles was won by Istead & Ifield Harriers' Ed Bovingdon in a brisk 26:26 PB. Meanwhile, W45 Annabel Preston (Weald Tri Club, 35:26) missed her PB by only six seconds to head the women's race. There were 51 finishers in 1:14:40, tackling this stepping stone distance.
Full results are available at runABC South here
Image courtesy Nice Work on Facebook