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Braving rain for five miles

Hundreds of runners braved torrential rain to compete in Goodwood’s annual five mile run, with record-breaking times achieved in both the men’s and women’s races.

 

This year’s charity run welcomed nearly 250 adults who tackled the iconic hill climb, made famous by the legendary motor racing heroes during the Festival of Speed.

 

Juliet Stallard set a new record for the first female finisher with a time of 33.18 minutes. Second place in the women’s was Caroline Wood, finishing in 33.33 minutes and third was Jessica Thomson, with 33.36 minutes.

 

In the men’s race, John Peters completed the run in a record 28.8 minutes, followed by Matt Jolly, with 29.07 minutes, and Joseph Gosling taking third with 29.59 minutes.

 

Dozens of children took part in the junior one mile event and participants could also sprint with their dog. Taking on a one mile course, which went past Goodwood House, the junior winner was Digby Fulford, with 6.36 minutes. Lewis Yates was second and Charlie Banhan third.

 

“This year’s weather couldn’t have been more of a contrast to the soaring temperatures of 2018 but happily the cooler weather meant that our four-legged friend could join in too,” explained one of the runners.

 

Setting off the race and handing out the winners’ prizes was the inspirational Amanda Worne, who was paralysed in a cycling accident.

 

Winners received prizes donated by the Run Company, Salomon Sportswear and South Downs Water.

 

All proceeds went to Goodwood’s charity of the year, Canine Partners – the national charity providing assistance dogs to those living with disabilities.

 

Goodwood organiser Claire Browne added:

 

“The runners and supporters were amazing, they didn’t let the rain didn’t dampen their spirits. Everyone who tackled this challenging course did fantastically well and we look forward to seeing them all again next year.”

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