Hewett smashes his PB as he leads home the Spartans at the Brighton Marathon

PUBLISHED: 12:34 11 April 2017 | UPDATED: 12:37 11 April 2017

Carole Sheldreck and Caroline Croft celebrating after the Brighton Marathon

Carole Sheldreck and Caroline Croft celebrating after the Brighton Marathon


Paul Hewett smashed his personal best at the Brighton Marathon on Sunday.

The Fairlands Valley Spartans club runner took 43 minutes off his previous time with three hours six minutes 14 seconds and was the fastest of 14 runners from FVS.

Steve Green trimmed his PB by 2:45, a tremendous achievement in hot conditions, with 3:24:54 while Richard Kennedy posted 3:26:51 and Nicola Kennedy was the fastest woman from the club with 3:46:46.

Jim Brown lost at least 3.1kg during the race as he finished 3,536th with 3:55:03 while Helene Miller ran a well paced race to finish in 4:20:00.

Clearly it wasn’t hot enough for Thomas Sauka who ran the 26.2 miles in a onesie. It took him 4:21:39.

For three Spartans it was their first marathon: Ken Jude finished in 4:49:26, Carole Sheldrick clocked 5:01:41 and Caroline Croft crossed the line in 5:04:45.

Ken said he was comfortable and enjoying it at the halfway stage but aware that he was going too fast he tried to pull it back with a run/walk strategy from 14 miles.

At 20 or so miles he had a bit of dizziness/light-headedness and again when he tried to start running again at 23 miles so ended up walking 21-25 miles and then was able to run the last 1.2 without any trouble.

He was a bit disappointed not to get under 4:30 but was happy to have notched up a first marathon.

Meanwhile, Carole and Caroline celebrated their finish with a Mr Whippy.

Julie Shadbolt came in with 5:01:26, Robert Wright ran 5:11:30 and Karen Ellis finished in 5:19:12.

Tim Robinson ran 4:55:13 at the Paris Marathon while as a warm up for the Brighton Marathon Thomas Sauka ran the Worthing parkrun in 20:32.

Andy Jay ran the parkrun in Exeter, whilst on holiday, in 24:20.

Sharon and Mike Crowley completed the Calderdale Hike recently.

The 27 mile walk started from Sowerby Bridge and included 4,000 feet of climbing in the Pennines.

They finished together in eight hours 19 minutes and were 14th and 15th in the walking section, with Sharon getting a prize for being first lady veteran.

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