Record numbers turn out for Round Hill Romp

Action from the Round Hill Romp. Picture by Mike Warren
Action from the Round Hill Romp. Picture by Mike Warren

RECORD numbers turned out last week for the annual Round Hill Romp.

More than 500 runners from across the county flocked to Steyning to take part in the West Sussex Fun Run League event.

The race competitors began under the town clock and then set off onto countryside roads and footpaths to the top of the Downs before a descent back down to the finish.

It was Daniel Harman who took the win with a time of 33mins 19 sec.

Steyning’s James Walker took third spot, finishing in 34-36, Thomas Caffyn led Arunners home, in seventh place, in 36-12, and Lancing Eagles’ Kenny Harding finished tenth in 36-34.

Fay Cripps, of Chichester Runners, was the first lady across the line in 36-59.

This year’s junior race also proved a success with 60 runners taking part in the Mini Romp, which was held on the memorial cricket field.

Sam Reading added to Chichester Runners’ winning tally as he clinched victory in 5-07.

Steyning’s Henry Bird ran a great race and claimed a fifth-placed finish in 5-37.

Graham Morris, Steyning Athletic Club’s president, was delighted with how the event went and said: “It was a very good evening and was really well supported.

“We also had glorious sunshine, which is always a bonus.

“To have record numbers taking part just goes to show how popular the event was.”

See this week’s paper for full club runner times.