Runners from far and wide join Ferhurst Blackdown Race

The 28th running of the Fernhurst Blackdown Race attracted runners from areas including Kingston, Farnham, Portsmouth, Denmead, Liss, Midhurst and, more locally, Fernhurst.

The race, organised by and on behalf of Fernhurst Youth Club, started as usual at the recreation ground and went as directly as possible to the Temple of the Winds at the top of Blackdown – the highest point in West Sussex – and back.

A minor change was made by race organiser Mike Boyce to avoid a particularly nasty rocky gully. This made the race longer and there were no records set.

But everyone finished, including 71-year-old Charles Warner and Matt Parkhouse, who last ran the race 15 years ago, and his wife Kelly, who crossed the line together in 60mins 26secs.

The going includes easy grass across the football pitch, hard core track, woodland track, and mud. There was quite a lot of mud and the unexpected rain overnight had not made the going any drier.

The first to finish the course of nearly four miles, and win the Open Cup, was Nick Baker from the Denmead Striders in 29mins 28secs.

The Veteran Men's Cup was won by 52-year-old Neil Strachan from Midhurst Milers in 33.14. Rosalind Marsh from the Portsmouth Joggers took the Ladies Cup in 37.35.

The Fernhurst Cup went to Stuart Webber from the village in 38.50 while the Under-16 Cup was won by Poppy Baker.

Other times: Ron Taylor 29.40, Julian Manning 30.51, Tom Frost, who has won the race several times in the past, 32.20, Rob Jenkinson 33.24, Justin Futers 33.24, Leigh Saunders 35.46, Peter Gale 38.10, Paul Channing 39.39, Andrew Danson 42.47, Mark Bishop 48.29, Matt Parkhouse and Kelly Parkhouse 60.26, Rebecca Dann 65.27, and Charles Warner 66.12.

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