Club’s runners coast to success in Gosport and Brighton

Two of the most popular autumn road races on the south coast brought success for Chichester athletes.

In the Gosport Half Marathon James Baker, a former winner of the event, was a fine third out of 1,400 runners in 70min 14sec.

Showing his usual excellent powers of recovery, the 34-year-old achieved this just a week after setting a new course record in winning the Bexhill half marathon in 73.01, knocking 37 seconds from the previous mark.

It has been a productive few weeks for the Chichester man with no fewer than five race wins in that time. Following their club champion home were Lee Neumann in 208th with a time of 90.41, Colin Harley (311th, 95.32), Matthew Sheldon (327th, 96.01), Justin Eggins (390th, 98.30), Andrew Harrop (491st,102.33), John Betts (639th, 107.36), Terry Mahoney (722nd, 110.02), Sue Baker (913rd, 117.23) and Eva Mikuska (994th, 120.10).

In the Brighton 10k there was great result for Jo Corbett, who scooped the Sussex silver medal in finishing 14th overall in 32.36, his best time for several years over the distance among a huge field of 2,680.

Angela Carpenter was the next Chichester athlete home, 226th in 40.27, followed by Andrew Moore, 269th in 41.05. Michael Moorcroft also made the top 500 – he was 479th place in 44.18.

This weekend Chichester athletes head to Plumpton College for the second round of the Sussex cross-country league with all age groups in action.