Fun on the run earns Chichester sixth place

Chichester finished the West Sussex Fun Run League season in fine style by cementing their overall position in the top six for the fourth year in succession.

With 29 finishers in the final race on Sunday at Lancing, Chichester leapfrogged Steyning to beat them by just two points over the season.

Such was the competition among the top seven teams that just 179 points separated them, whereas there was a gap of more than 300 to the remainder of the 17 clubs in the league.

Leading Chichester home on Sunday was John Leonard in 12th place in a time of 30min 59sec for the tough 8km course.

In-form veteran Chris Tucker was next in 26th place in 32.35 while Sarah Fenmor Collins was less than 30 seconds adrift in 33.03 in 30th place and had the distinction of winning the women’s race.

Other top-50 finishers in the 300-strong field were over-50 Tom Blaylock, 45th in 33.50, and Jon Healy, 48th in 34.04.

There were battles for points further down the field as the Chichester athletes vied for top-three placings in the overall club rankings for the season.

Colin Harley, in 66th place in 35.24, gained eight bonus points to cement third place in the men’s rankings but had to concede to Leonard, whose maximum ten points left him with 89.

Both were short of the winner, Tony Cooley, whose consistency over the season resulted in a six-point winning margin on 94, having contested 16 out of the 17 races over the season.

Things were equally as competitive among the women with all three contenders scoring eight points at Lancing and separated by less than 40 seconds.

However, with six nine-point scores over the season, Jane Leonard emerged the winner on 102 points from Tracy Jayant on 93 and Sue Barty on 84.

Remaining Chichester finishers at Lancing: Terry Healy 73rd 36.01; Kevin Lockyear 82nd 36.25; Mike Moorcroft 87th 36.37; Don Faircloth 97th 37.06; David Knight 105th 37.21; Tony Cooley 37.31; Roger Hobbs 109th 37.37; Amanda Godfrey 112th 37.44; Nigel McNestrie 121st 38.29; Norman Marshall 123rd 38.34; Tracy Jayant 125th 38.42; Sue Barty 129th 39.14; Jane Leonard 132nd 39.24; Dave Barty 151st 40.53; Darren Knight 158th 41.15; Sue Baker 162nd 41.44; Kirstin Ogilvy 174th 42.09; Jill Renson 199th 44.02; Jess Daniels 207th 44.53; Lucy Blain 209th 44.59; Peter Shaw 227th 46.45; Eva Mikuska 231st 47.46; Lynn Harley 264th 56.09.