McNally and Tobin take top honours

Conditions were near-ideal for the capacity field that assembled on Hove Seafront for race three of the 2015 Sussex Road Race Challenge (SRRC), the Brighton Phoenix 10k on Wednesday evening (15th July): light winds and warm but not too hot. Despite the clement weather, PBs were in short supply and several leading SRRC contenders were absent.

Finn McNally breaks the tape in 31:01

Finn McNally breaks the tape in 31:01

The men’s race was a two-man battle between Finn McNally (Phoenix AC) and reigning SRRC champion Kevin Rojas (Brighton & Hove City AC). Having duked it out for 8km, 23-year-old McNally deployed a youthful turn of speed, surged clear and ultimately pulled out a 32-second advantage over Rojas, breaking the tape in 31:01, just 12 seconds outside his PB. Third Sussex man was the flying 47-year-old Graham Godden (Brighton & Hove City AC), in 33:37.

In the women’s contest, Helena Tobin (Brighton & Hove City AC) was unchallenged among SRRC athletes, running a relatively lonely race to clock 36:18. Having recorded a 34:29 PB in March, Tobin on top form would have hoped to challenge race winner Amy Clements (Kent AC) whose winning time was 34:56. Nonetheless, the Brighton & Hove athlete was comfortably clear of second Sussex woman Sue Fry (Hailsham Harriers), who clocked 38:56. Third SRRC-qualifying woman was Kim Lo (Haywards Heath Harriers), in 39:51.

Race four of the series, the Bexhill 5k, takes place on Wednesday 29th July.