Jul 162012

After much thought the organisers pressed ahead with the race, despite several similar events being cancelled.  Fortune favours the brave and  the 8th Annual Fishbourne Flat Five turned out to be another classic showing a particular side of Cross Country, wet and dirty!!

In the man’s race, James Baker won his fourth Fishbourne shield with a time of 30.06.  He was three minutes behind the course record which he set but this was down to paddling through chocolate like mud in places.  Newcomer Emma Guetenbock won the women’s shield.  She has been doing well in triathlons but seemed stunned to win this title in cross country.  She ran an impressive 41 minutes and 27 seconds, only narrowly beating the on-form Fiona Holden who finished in 41 minutes and 34 seconds. Behind them a field of enthusiastic and energetic runners struggled against mud, rain and conditions many wouldn’t brave.  It was good to see some impressive performances from the younger competitors including Alice Sowden crossing the line in 45 minutes and 54 seconds and the ever-swift David Taylor-Beale finishing in 39 minutes and 13 seconds. Well done to them all.  In the end nobody suffered serious injury and most people claimed to have enjoyed it.

Whilst no records were broken, it was a great village event with the usual serious running edge added by many club runners involved.  Over the years almost a thousand people have enjoyed the delights of Fishbourne Creek through this event, wet or dry, hot or cool.

This year’s Fishbourne Flat Five, held in memory of Beckie and Lucy Hasell, has already raised over £1400 for the Play Today for a Fit Tomorrow community project in Fishbourne which is re-designing the local play area to include facilities which will not just give children some fun today but will help to counter obesity and isolation both of which threaten today’s children with the risk of having shorter lives than those of their parents.

Huge thanks are due to all the marshals and helpers, to Game, Set and Match, to Chichester Runners, to HM Scarterfield,to Gill Simpson and to both the Woolpack Inn and the Fishbourne Centre for their generosity and support.

Here’s to next year.  See you all then.

May 312011

The 7th Annual Fishbourne Flat Five was another huge success with around 220 runners and walkers taking part. This event is held in memory of Beckie and Lucy Hassell and it was particularly fitting that the date marked Lucy’s 18th birthday. The sunny but breezy conditions were perfect for runners and preferable to the searing heat of last year. James Baker, absent this year, holds onto his course record of 27 minutes 19 seconds set in 2009. This year’s winner was Anthony Roddis who ran an excellent race to finish in 29 minutes and 9 seconds, only 9 seconds ahead of Robin Ward of Portsmouth Joggers. Yet another new course record was set by the fastest female, Hayley Cripps, from Chichester Runners with a time of 34 minutes 11 seconds, taking 11 seconds off Jennifer Harley’s record set last year. There were a number of other running clubs represented, including Tone Zone, Lancing Eagles, Angus Harriers, Fareham Crusaders, Winchester and District, Arena 8, Worthing Harriers and Portsmouth AC. There were also a record number of younger runners, including the impressive David Taylor-Beale finishing in 35 minutes and 16 seconds. This is however not just a run for elite athletes and many took part for the first time as well as some who have taken part in this event every year since it started. As ever, the challenge of the kissing gates, harbour wall and boardwalks makes this a unique and increasingly popular event attracting many local people as well as those from farther afield. As well as the runners, several families and groups took part in a walk which followed the same route around the harbour. Many ended the event with a drink at the Woolpack or at the Fishbourne Centre who provided refreshments and a chance for a much-needed break.
This year’s Fishbourne Flat Five was raising money for the Fishbourne Romans Community Football Club and, although not all the money has been counted, thus far £1700 has been raised to enable them to widen their provision to include children with special needs.

Huge thanks are due to all the marshals and helpers, to Game, Set and Match, to Chichester Runners, to HM Scarterfield, Gill Simpson our First Aider, Laura Maddicks physiotherapy, Strawberry Shortcake,  The Woolpack Inn and the Fishbourne Centre for their generosity and support.

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