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Fishbourne Flat Five Race


The 7th annual Fishbourne Flat Five Race took place on Sunday the 22nd May

The 7th Annual Fishbourne Flat Five was another huge success with around 220 runners and walkers taking part. Held in memory of Beckie and Lucy Hassell, 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. The overall course record holds but this year's winner was Anthony Roddis who ran an excellent race to finish in 29 minutes and 9 seconds. However a new record was set for the fastest female with Hayley Cripps, from Chichester Runners, finishing with a time of 34 minutes 11 seconds. There were a number of other running clubs represented and 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 from the village 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. As well as the runners, several families and groups took part in a walk which followed the same route around the harbour. After the event, the Fishbourne Centre 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 c. £2000 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, to Dave Kemp for his help with the website, Gill Simpson our First Aider, Laura Maddicks physiotherapy, Strawberry Shortcake,  The Woolpack Inn and the Fishbourne Centre for their generosity and support.
Flat 5 2011