THE MEL’S Milers 10k race celebrated a record year on Sunday.
A best-ever of 295 runners tackled the course which takes in the grounds of Christ’s Hospital School, the South Downs Link and Southwater Country Park, while winner James Baker smashed his own record for the race.
Chichester-based Baker came home in a time of 31 minutes 39 seconds in perfect running conditions to shatter the record of he set in 2011. Horsham Jogger Andrew Robinson followed swiftly behind in 33mins 31secs, and third place was awarded to Brighton & Hove runner Paul Froud in a respectable 36mins 6secs.
In a well contested female race Horsham Jogger Lucinda Potten, claimed first in 41mins 57 secs. Arena 80 runner Jenny Hughes was second crossing the finishing line in 44mins 17secs. Tracy Sargent for third 45mins 16secs.
Horsham Jogger and winner of the Vet Men’s Over 50 category, Pete O’Connell came in fourth place, having competed in every race since it first started in 2002.
Congratulations, must also be made to the younger runners, Male & Female Under 17 & 20 category, who forfeited their Sunday morning to participate in this local race. A special mention to Albert Aldridge, who at 16, finished overall in seventh position, in 37mins 42secs, Adam Jasko, finishing 14th in 39mins 33 secs and Horsham Jogger, Libby Nash, finishing in a respectable 46mins 21 secs.