Tremendous first for Trafford; King Kev reigns supreme!

2018 end-of-season report

The 2018 Harvey Curtis Sussex Road Race Challenge (SRRC) concluded at the Brighton 10k on Sunday 18th November. Conditions were good, if a little breezy, and a strong field was guaranteed, as the race included a South of England Inter-County competition.

Reigning champion Rebecca Moore (Chichester AC) and Maisie Trafford (Arena 80) were the series front-runners coming into the last race. It had been a win apiece over the previous two head-to-heads, so it was set up to be an exciting final race. Alas, events conspired to mean that neither athlete made it to the start line at Brighton, leaving the overall positions unchanged. Trafford took the SRRC title, her first, and a reflection on the huge progress she had made over the season.

Moore held on to second place overall and Tara Shanahan (Arena 80) took third place after a fine PB performance at Brighton. A late charge from Emily Proto (Arena 80) with great runs at both the Bright10 and the Brighton 10k saw her just miss out on a top-three overall finish.

It was also a slightly disappointing finale to the men’s contest. With five athletes in contention to battle it out for the top three SRRC places, the scene was set for fireworks. But only two of those contenders toed the line at Brighton: Kevin Rojas (Brighton & Hove AC) and Gary Foster (Hastings AC).

No. 165 Ross Skelton, 2nd Sussex finisher, alongside race winner Adam Clarke | Pic: The Argus

A three-time SRRC champion like Rojas does not miss opportunities like this — and he led home the SRRC-qualifying athletes to secure his fourth title. Foster took the second SRRC-scoring place in the race and thus secured second overall in the series — a real breakthrough season for the Hastings athlete.

James Turner (Brighton & Hove AC) missed the final race, meaning that Foster’s strong performance nudged him down into third place. You’ve got to be in it to win it, James!

Another fast James, James Skinner (Haywards Heath Harriers) just missed out on an overall podium place, but was the dominant winner of the Masters competition, with a blemish-free maximum score of three points. Neil Boniface (Crawley) was the runner-up and Alex Begley (Brighton & Hove AC) took the Masters bronze.

The women’s Masters title was taken for the second year in a row by Tara Shanahan (Arena 80), followed Dani Tarleton (Arena 80) with Sue Fry (Hailsham Harriers) and taking third.

The team contest was taken for the third year in a row by an ever-dominant Arena 80, winning four of the six races. Brighton & Hove AC were second and Haywards Heath Harriers completed the podium in third.

The conclusion to the season marks the end of Harvey Curtis‘s sponsoring the series. We thank them very much for their support over the last six years.

The 2019 SRRC will be kindly sponsored by the RUN Store, and we look forward to their support building an ever more hotly contested series. The first race will be the Chichester 10k on 3rd February 2019 — full calendar to be confirmed soon.