Jenny Peel is British Night Champion
This year the British Night Championships were held in Ashdown Forest on the 22nd February. The Forest provides a number of venues for south east clubs, and many people consider Pippingford Park to be the jewel in the crown. It is more contoured than most areas in the region, has expanses of runnable heathland and woodland, both with plenty of ‘brown’ features, and in particular, has few paths. This Army Training Site has no public access.
265 competitors entered the 10 courses. Graham Gristwood (FVO) proved to be the Mens Champion (11.0km, 420m in 63.41), with Jegor Kostylev (INT) 5 minutes down and Richard Robinson (NOC) third. In the Ladies classes, an on-form W45 Jenny Peel (SYO) was the Ladies Champion (7.6km, 235m in 68.05), 3 minutes ahead of W21 Helen Gardner (SLOW).
Other SYO champions were Pippa Dakin who won the W16 class for the second year running, Zac Field in M20 and former British Night Champion Dave Peel who won M45.
Congratulations to all the winners and thanks to Mole Valley for organising the event.
Photo (c) Robert Lines.