Cracking field gets teeth into Pudding Dash

A bumper field of more than 420 runners completed the Christmas Pudding Dash at Ashburnham Place on Saturday morning.

Friday, 25th December 2015, 6:00 am
Runners set off in the Christmas Pudding Dash at Ashburnham Place. Picture by Justin Lycett (SUS-151220-092206001)

Although the weather was favourable, runners had to contend with thick, cloying mud in the wooded sections of the undulating approximately five-mile course.

Jeff Pyrah, of Rye Runners, was the clear winner in a time of 30 minutes and 30 seconds. Simeon Kleinsasser (Beech Grove Academy) pipped Ian Bromley (Heathfield Road Runners) to the runner-up spot by just two seconds.

Tina Oldershaw (Paddock Wood) was the leading lady in 15th overall in 35:25. Hannah Burgan (Spandex Santa) was second in 36:21 and Fleur Peoples third in 37:29.

Many of the runners got into the festive spirit by donning seasonal dress as the Nice Work-organised event celebrated its 10th birthday.

They were rewarded with mince pies, Christmas puddings and a special Christmas medal at the finish. The charity for this year’s race was MND. There was also a children’s race before the main event.

Top 40 finishers (gun times): 1 Jeff Pyrah (Rye Runners) 30:30, 2 Simeon Kleinsasser (Beech Grove Academy) 31:53, 3 Ian Bromley (Heathfield Road Runners) 31:55, 4 Joshua Varney (Eastbourne Rovers) 32:27, 5 Mark Huleat (Beech Grove Academy) 32:51, 6 Mark Thomas (Paul McCleery) 33:01, 7 Paul McCleery (Paul McCleery) 33:32, 8 Terrence Meier (Beech Grove Academy) 34:20, 9 Evan Hine (Beech Grove Academy) 34:28, 10 Dan Marshman (Bexhill Runners) 34:28, 11 Carlo Forte (Hastings AC) 34:30, 12 Jamie Gerenfell 34:36, 13 David Brightling (Rye Runners) 34:49, 14 Lester Hine (Beech Grove Academy) 34:50, 15 Tina Oldershaw (Paddock Wood) 35:25, 16 Edward Main 35:33, 17 Thomas Holloway 35:52, 18 Russ Keen (Commando Fitness) 35:52, 19 Fraser Key 36:09, 20 Joe Goldberg (Spandex Santa) 36:21, 21 Hannah Burgan (Spandex Santa) 36:21, 22 Richard Playford 36:55, 23 Chris Hawkes 37:13, 24 Bernard Main 37:20, 25 Fleur Peoples 37:29, 26 Gemma Leigh 37:30, 27 Tony Hyatt 37:39, 28 Ben Boyle 37:43, 29 Wayne Lister 37:56, 30 Jacqueline Haas 37:58, 31 Tim Crook 38:00, 32 Simon McMillan (Meads Runners) 38:08, 33 Cedric Clemerson (Heathfield Road Runners) 38:14, 34 Tony Lavender (Heathfield Road Runners) 38:26, 35 Dan Istead 38:31, 36 Jade Harding (Cambridge Uni Hounds) 38:34, 37 Mike Hawkins 38:39, 38 Erik Chapman 38:42, 39 Daniel Pearson 38:43, 40 Jenna French (Hastings Runners) 38:44.

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