On his 164th marathon, distance king Steve Hickman travelled to Sussex to take on the Steyning Stinger, his 18th consecutive year of doing so. The course goes from the village of Steyning, acrosd the South Downs to Washington before looping down to Findon Valley, eastwards to Steep Downs and back to up to Steyning. ‘The early miles were full of calf deep mud, it was energy sapping’ said Steve. After weeks of storms and poor weather the course had become difficult to run on, many races in recent months had been challenging but even a experienced runner like Steve found the marathon distance in the conditions tough going. ‘I felt ok until mile 16 then the climbs started to take there toll’. But this was still just another 26.2M to add to his collection and he managed a fantastic 5.49.01 creeping into the top 200 and more impressivly a brilliant 4th in his age category.
Great running as always Steve!