Runners battle the elements

Jeff Pyrah was a runaway winner of the Beckley 10K
Jeff Pyrah was a runaway winner of the Beckley 10K

Just over 100 runners battled through strong winds and driving rain to complete the Beckley 10K on Sunday.

Jeff Pyrah was the runaway winner of the Nice Work organised-race in an excellent 33:32, which was well over a minute quicker than his winning time of 2011.

The Rye Runner finished nearly five minutes ahead of runner-up Mark Goodman, who was the first of five unattached competitors in the top seven. Greg Thompson was third in 39:48.

Tina Wren, from Hastings Athletic Club, was the leading lady and 18th overall in 44:14, while Hastings Runners scooped the men’s and ladies’ team prizes over a tough, undulating course along the lanes around the village.

Top 30 finishers: 1 Jeff Pyrah (Rye Runners) 33:32, 2 Mark Goodman (unattached) 38:26, 3 Greg Thompson (unattached) 39:48, 4 Leo Cacciatore (unattached) 40:36, 5 Keith Murphy (unattached) 40:49, 6 Kevin Perez-Diaz (Wadhurst Runners) 41:01, 7 Stuart Jasnoch (unattached) 41:08, 8 William Darby (Hastings AC) 41:17, 9 Nick Webb (Hastings Runners) 41:58, 10 Chris Matthews (Hastings Runners) 42:20, 11 John Wren (Hastings AC) 42:49, 12 Tim Bones (Hastings Runners) 43:13, 13 Matthew Beaver (Hastings Runners) 43:32, 14 Ben Percival (unattached) 43:40, 15 Robert Spooner (unattached) 43:43, 16 Joe Moore (Hastings Runners) 43:44, 17 Brian Day (Bedford Harriers) 44:05, 18 Tina Wren (Hastings AC) 44:14, 19 Andy Woods (unattached) 44:23, 20 Jamie Forde (Rye Runners) 44:43, 21 Allan James Tilbury (unattached) 44:44, 22 Sam Pyrah (Rye Runners) 44:52, 23 Ryan Carman (unattached) 45:12, 24 Daniel McLaughlin (Orpington Road Runners) 45:13, 25 Gareth Vidler (unattached) 46:12, 26 Paul Startup (unattached) 46:55, 27 Melissa Mitchell (Ashford Tri Club) 47:03, 28 Michael Elms (Heathfield Road Runners) 47:05, 29 Johanna Lambourne (Hastings Runners) 47:59, 30 Balazs Balazs 48:16.