THREE Ryde Harriers who ran superbly at the Abingdon Marathon earlier this autumn, were back in action over a shorter distance at the Brighton 10K and excelled again.

A very popular event staged on the seafront, between Hove and Brighton, attracted 3,000 athletes, with very strong fields and, at the sharp end, with a number of internationals.

Unfortunately, winds gusting straight along the seafront made it a difficult race to judge for athletes, with the second half a challenge — straight into the gale.

Dave Hunt, in the shape of his life, recorded a speedy 34mins 49secs, to finish 56th — just outside of his personal best. 

His result gave him third in a very strong men’s 40-49 category.

Ever-consistent in the women’s 45-49 age group, Charlie Metcalfe also took an excellent third in a fast 38.14, which placed her 16th from the 842 female finishers.

Carly Scoble was not too far behind her Ryde team-mate in the 35-39 age group, clocking 39.29 — 28th overall and eighth in her strong category. 

Despite the overall slow times due to the wind, Carly’s time was an excellent personal best.

Running for the Isle of Wight Road Runners, Trish Train also had a noteworthy race, finishing fourth in the 55-59 class, in 43.28.

This year's Brighton 10K also doubled as a selection race to compete for England next spring, in a home international.

Once all the results are confirmed and checked, the age group teams will be announced.

Ryde Harriers will now target the established Victory 5 (run over five miles) on Sunday, December 3.