Outstanding showing for Phoenix at Goodwood

Tuesday 27th April 2021

Brighton Phoenix athletes attempted to make up for lost time at the Goodwood Running Grand Prix, in what was for many a first physical race in a long while.

For some it was a great opportunity to get back into real racing, after a year of some spectacularly organised virtual events, but for others it was an opportunity to go PB-hunting, achieved in some style.

Among the results, in the marathon, Jon Clays chose to celebrate his 40th birthday by putting his body through the ringer in the marathon - a decision which paid off with a huge personal best of 02:39:35 to finish eighth. Adam Brown was two places back with another superb showing.

Over the same distance, Rachel Gorman put in another stunning effort, finishing as second female in 03:05:30.

In the 20 mile event, Amy Gamblin and Alison Moore put in some fine displays, while in the half, Milan Watson put in a rapid time of 01:11:06 to finish seventh, one place back from our new addition Jamie Corbett.

Nick Dawson finished second only to London 2012 Olympian Scott Overall in the 10k with 31:46, while Alex Cruttenden ran a huge PB of 33:11 and Ali Carter ran 33:30, with Bobby Searle finishing as third best female in a time of 37:46.

There were also phenomenal performances in the 5k, as Si Heath took top spot with a PB of 14:54, while Jack Donaghy produced a best time of 16:19 to finish ninth. Tom Hooper smashed his PB with 16:30, ahead of Steve Atkinson’s 17:08.

A massive congratulations to everyone who took part - it’s great to see the return of racing again.

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Sam Garrity competes in the marathon

Rachel Gorman on her way to finishing as second best female in the marathon

Bobby Searle competes in the 10k

Jack Donaghy and Tom Hooper set new PBs in the 5k

Jon Clays on his way to a marathon PB