The battle between Hastings AC club members was won by Adam Clarke in record time on Sunday morning (4 September) as all of the remaining 421 finishers crossed the line in front of historic Battle Abbey inside 90 minutes. The unusual race title - BBB10K - is derived from the event’s fundraising for the ‘Battel Bonfire Boyes’, who are responsible for the magnificent annual Battle bonfire and fireworks display!
Adam Clarke (25) made light work of his task as he completed the undulating course in 31:50, well ahead of his Hastings team mates Daniel Anderson (34:37), Gary Foster (35:01) and Stuart Piper (36:14). Clarke’s time was a new course record and another record was maintained as it has never rained at the BBB10K!
Jenna French (42:17) was similarly dominant in the Hastings vest as she ran a personal best to win the women’s race from W50 club-mate Riz Maslen (45:01) and W35 Emma Faulkner (Bexhill Runners, 45:28).
There were 120 runners inside 50 minutes and the halfway finisher honours were shared between Kathryn and Sean Stewart (56:10) who are unattached in the club affiliation sense.
The supporting junior race for boys and girls aged 9-14 started before the main event and also enjoyed the dramatic finish on Abbey Green. The 12-14 winners were Isaac Elam (3:06) and Harmony Cooper (3:09) and the 9-11 winners were Tom Beckett (3:30) and Nancy Barlow (4:03).