Horsham Joggers’ newest runners graduate with flying colours

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Saturday was ‘graduation day’ for members of the Horsham Joggers Learn to Run group.

The novice runners tackled the Tilgate 5k Parkrun in Crawley as the culmination of ten weeks of training, which has taken them from little or no running experience to their first race.

They were joined in the race by some more experienced members of the club who were led home by Pete O’Connell, whose 18 minutes, 25 seconds was good enough for third place overall. It’s hoped the graduates will now remain part of the club.

Elsewhere, the Joggers were confirmed as fourth place finishers in the Sussex Grand Prix series. Steyning AC were 21st and Christ’s Hospital-based Mel’s Milers 22nd.

On the international front, Julia Johnson achieved a superb Personal Best 4h 4m 46s in the Florence Marathon.

Tilgate 5k Park Run: Pete O’Connell 18m25s; Paul Addie 21m37; James Munden 25m32s; Anna Titchmarsh 28m 18s; Carol-Anne Davies-Jones 29m 10s; Stephen Fordham 29m 18s; Laura Fordham 29m 18s; Rob Allen 31m 13s; Elaine Gorton 31m 42s; Clare Foster 31m 56s; Mark Newington 31m 56s; Rachel Ludlow 32m 17s; Claire Palmer 33m 58s; Christina Casey 34m 28s; Anna Tapponnier 34m 28s; Dani Harrod 35m 03s; Carolyn Daykin 35m 03s; Nicky Austin 35m 07s; Jenny Boyd 37m 03s; Christine Hamilton 38m 00s; Jan Steel 39m 21s; Jenny Sturt 39m 24s; Kate Butler 39m 24s; Victoria Saunders 41m 24s; Vanessa Simm 45m 09s; Rose Anthony 45m 10s; Clare Brown 45m 10s; Stephen Bracken 45m 11s.