Runners on their marks for popular race

Ross Skelton and Christopher Zablocki battling it out on the seafront at the front of the 2016 Hastings Runners 5-Mile Race.
Ross Skelton and Christopher Zablocki battling it out on the seafront at the front of the 2016 Hastings Runners 5-Mile Race.

The Hastings Runners 5-Mile Race will take place tomorrow (Sunday), starting at 10.30am from outside the town hall.

Postal entries are now closed and with just a few places still available, online entry is now the best way to sign up.

A handful of entries may be available on the morning of the race. If so they will be sold on a first come, first served basis from 9am at the race headquarters in the town hall. Availability, however, is not guaranteed.

The main body of entries has naturally come from Hastings Runners, with more than 120 competitors. At present 33 running clubs will be represented from as far afield as Devon and the Midlands, with runners aged from 16-84.

Gary Foster (Hastings AC) is running well at present and is likely to be a strong contender for victory, while clubmates Blake Mitchell and Kieron Booker should also fare well. Gary Judges, the 2013 winner from Hailsham Harriers, is also in the field.

Some changes to the race headquarters area have had to be made due to the closure of the town centre toilets, but temporary toilets will be available in the start/finish area.

The prize-giving will take place at approximately midday and Heather Chandler, the widow of the runner in whose memory the race is held, will present the awards. All proceeds will be donated to St Michael’s Hospice.

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