Course record equalled as Alf Shrubb race

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The annual Alf Shrubb Memorial 5 boasted its biggest field yet as the course record was equalled in this year’s race on Saturday.

The cross country race in Slinfold is held to commemorate the athlete who was one of the finest runners England has ever produced and who was born in the village.

The event is an off-road five-mile race with an undulating course on scenic footpaths and tracks around Slinfold.

There were 113 starters coming as far away as Leicestershire and Suffolk.

The winner Phoenix Club member Jon Pepper who equalled the record of 25min 42 secs. Second was Max Dumbrell, of Horsham Joggers, in 26:43 and third was Chichester’s James Baker Race in 26:48.

Pepper pocketed the £100 prize money on offer for beating the record as the course had to be a little longer this year.

The first lady home was Phyllis Flynn, of the Stragglers Club, in 35:55. Second was Linda Tombs, of Fittleworth Flyers, in 36:43 and third was Roffey resident Nicola Smith in 39:08.

Winners of the Slinfold residents’ prizes were John Willcox (33-34) and Clare Browning.

Race organiser Cliff Comber said: “It was a very successful event and we had a very good runner turn up, Jon Pepper who is a 2hr 19min marathon runner. He won the prize money as we had to make the course a little longer than last year.

“It was really successful we had 113 starts and that’s the biggest field we have had.

“Considering it was the Great South Run and lots of runners went to that, we did quite well and there was also a fantastic age range as well.”

Other Horsham Joggers times: Pete O’Connell 31:12, Robert Crocker 33:24, John Willcox (fastest Slinfold man) 33:34, Euan Ramage 33:42, Mike Thornton 36:41, Lin Whiting 39:26, Val Purnell 39:54, John Booker 44:42, Charlotte Borjesson 45:21, Elisabeth Scott 46:19, Greg Collins 46:21, Rod Thomson 46:52, Helen Varcoe 47:50, Jo Campbell 50:21, Jon Berrill 51:00 and Stephanie Charman 54:09.

There were also age-category prizes with runners ranging from 21 to 76 years of age.

In the under-10’s race, Cameron Vincent and Rosie Gassson led the way in the respective boys’ and girls’ categories, while Vincent and Mary Kate Flynn won the under-16’s race.