This past weekend saw a number of Gees head down to the sunny south coast to take on the Brighton 10k. The event organisers had lined up an incredibly fast field and the runners did not disappoint once the gun sounded.
In good running conditions, but for a little wind, 6 runners broke 29 minutes with Nick Goolab setting a new course record, breaking the tape in 28:22
Guildford’s John Sanderson backed up last weekends performance at the National Road Relays, coming home in 16th place in a new PB of 29:46
Following the race John had this to say, “I knew I was in good shape going in to the race and that it would a good opportunity to PB given the strength of the field. The start was pretty manic and I probably got a little carried away with the pace which meant that I got isolated around 6k. It was a pretty lonely run to the finish and I definitely struggled over the last mile but still happy to come with a PB and sub 30 clocking for the first time. Hopefully more to come!”
Not far behind, Simon Goldsworthy continued his rapid progression, backing up his recent marathon PB, 2:26 at Barcelona in March, by taking almost 90 seconds off his previous best, clocking 31:33 for 49th place.
Callum Gillet rounded off a strong mens team performance crossing the line in 33:15, just a few seconds outside of his PB.
In the women's race, Steph Twell clocked a fantastic 31:58 to take the win and the Gees own Hannah Irwin again demonstrated her potential, setting a new PB of 34:38 on the way to a 12th place finish and well within the U23 Women selection time Hannah required to be considered for the England team for October.
Hannah gave a quick review of her race earlier today, “I was really excited going into the Brighton 10k as I hadn’t raced on the road since December and training had been going well. I pushed it from the get go and worked hard to stay in a group. The course was more challenging than I expected, with a sneaky hill and a headwind along the esplanade for the last 2.5k, but I gave it my all against some of the best girls in the country and came away with a PB”.
Ruby Wyles added to the PB collection for the Guildford team, running a brilliant 37:36 for 29th place.