Nearly 500 runners compete in Crowborough road race

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Leader (and eventual 1st & 2nd) at the bottom of Crowborough Hill during the second lap – Kevin Rojas (345) and Tom Cox (376).

460 people took part in part in a 10 km race around Crowborough at the weekend.

This is the 27th running of the popular Sussex Grand Prix series road race, which involves runners crossing the stream at the bottom of Palesgate Lane and taking-on a challenging hill climb – not once but twice!

The road race was won by Kevin Rojas from Brighton and Hove Athletics Club in 33 minutes flat (33:00).  The first woman home was Helena Tobin, also from Brighton and Hove AC, who completed the course in 38:09.  The first Crowborough man home was Pete Woodward.

The race is hosted by local club Crowborough Runners.  It was started at Beacon Academy on Sunday at 10am by Michael Brooker from the local estate agents, who sponsored the race.  The 10k run involves a two laps circuit of Green Lane, a decent down Crowborough Hill, before competitors climbing back-up Palesgate Lane.  Runners cross the finish line at the Green Lane entrance to the Academy.

Full results can be found on the Crowborough Runner’s website: www.crowboroughrunners.org.uk.

The Crowborough 10k is supported by Crowborough Lions who provided 12 volunteers to supplement members of Crowborough Runners marshaling the race.  A proportion of profits from the Race are donated to a local charity.

Crowborough Runners train at the track at Goldsmiths Recreation Ground, with suitable sessions to suit all ages and abilities from beginners through to experienced runners.  See their website for further details of training sessions.

Further photos of competitors crossing the ford can be found on David Roger’s Flickr site.

Video of start at Beacon Academy:

Ford at Palesgate Lane (taken from the footbridge)

Ford at Palesgate Lane

Results

Results

Ford at the bottom of Palesgate Lane.

Ford at the bottom of Palesgate Lane.

Helena Tobin crossing the ford Palesgate Lan (Photo David Rogers)

Helena Tobin crossing the ford Palesgate Lan (Photo David Rogers)

Kevin Rojas with his trophy.

Kevin Rojas with his trophy.

Sussex Road Race Challenge

The prizes for the Harvey Curtis Sussex Road Race Challenge were also awarded in Crowborough today.  The Sussex Road Race is awarded to the top competitors across 4 races held in Sussex.  The winner of the Crowborough 10k, Kevin Rojas, also finished first in the men’s competition.  Rebecca Moore took first place in the women’s competition, and the shield for the best team went to Lewes AC.

Representatives from Lewes AC accepting the shield for winning team (L to R: Lara Barrazuol, David Bradford and Matt Bradford from Harvey Curtis)

Representatives from Lewes AC accepting the shield for winning team (L to R: Lara Barrazuol, David Bradford and Matt Bradford from Harvey Curtis)

Men's Winner of the Harvey Curtis Sussex Road Race Challenge, Kevin Rojas (left) with Matt Bradford (3rd place and representing Harvey Curtis) (Photo: David Bradford)

Men’s Winner of the Harvey Curtis Sussex Road Race Challenge, Kevin Rojas (left) with Matt Bradford (3rd place and representing Harvey Curtis) (Photo: David Bradford)

2nd man Neil Boniface (middle) and 2nd woman Helena Tobin (right) pictured with Matt Bradford (left of Harvey Curtis

2nd man Neil Boniface (middle) and 2nd woman Helena Tobin (right) pictured with Matt Bradford (left of Harvey Curtis

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