Boxing Day 5.5 miles, Preston Park 26th Dec 17
On a cold overcast day with a stiff breeze, 9 walkers faced the starter at Preston Park Brighton. From the start Ian Richards (Steyning) sped into a commanding lead and was never headed. Behind him the rest of the field formed a group which split after the first half mile. Shaun Lightman forced the pace, closely followed by Eva Payton-White and her father Jules White (both Lewes). The latter two set the speed up the long climb on the back of the course for the first time. This hill is the main characteristic of this event. At the end of the first lap Lightman made a break and, although Eva made a comeback in third, he finished in second position with Jules White fourth. Apart from Shaun this hard course saw most competitors down about two minutes on their normal time for the distance however Shaun made another improvement in form.
David Hoben and Mick Harran both had solo efforts at the back of the field. On this occasion David was ahead of Mick with the latter finding the weather and the hills a particular challenge.

1. I.Richards (Steyn M65) 47 min 15 sec; 2. S.Lightman (Sy WC M70) 59 min 20 sec; 3. E.Payton_White (Lewes U20W) 1 hr 1 min 3 sec; 8. D.Hoben (Sy WC M65) 1 hr 6 min 48 sec; 9. M.Harran (Sy WC M75) 1 hr 7 min 34 sec.

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