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RACE REPORT

Race 1: Chichester 10k, 9th February

The 2014 Harvey Curtis Sussex Road Race Challenge (RRC) got under way with the Chichester 10k on Sunday 9th February. Conditions were challenging, with a strong wind gusting from the west and recent rain having left some parts of the course strewn with deep puddles.

The Sussex RRC is the premier road racing competition for Sussex club runners, and the county’s first across the line was reigning RRC champion Jon Pepper, who finished second overall in 30:26 – an impressive time given the conditions. The Brighton Phoenix man, who is currently training hard for the London Marathon, was just three seconds adrift of winner Phil Wylie (Bristol & West AC).

“The strong winds made for an interesting race,” said Pepper, “as expected, it didn’t seem like anyone wanted to lead the field. I took it on, as I felt confident that I could make it hard from the start yet hold on. I felt excellent throughout the race although not particularly confident in my finishing kick. Despite my best efforts, the winner managed to out-pace me with less than 400m remaining in what was a good tactical race.”

In the women’s race, the first Sussex female home was Rebecca Moore (Worthing & District Harriers), who clocked 35:58, finishing fourth overall in a strong female contest that was headed by international athlete Charlotte Purdue, who won in 33:37.

“I’m pleased with my performance, especially given the conditions,” said Moore. “It was definitely worth the trip back from university to compete in such a well-organised race with such a high-quality field. The result is encouraging for more races later in the year too.”

The Chichester 10k also incorporated the Sussex 10k Championships, meaning that Pepper and Moore were also crowned county champions, as well as taking the early lead in the RRC standings.

The next race in the four-event Sussex RRC, which is sponsored by Burgess Hill-based Harvey Curtis Financial Planners, is the Bexhill 5k on 30th July.

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