Richard Bates still pushing on at 70 yrs young

This is the race I selected for my 70 birthday run and managed 67.47 on an undulating scenic, shaded course on a warm morning along country lanes. I had assumed it following the railway line cross country and on the flat and also that I had the chance to win the Super Vet category but was well beaten by an older runner from Hastings Runners who seemed to mop up most of the awards.
However, I was rewarded with a bottle of Rose Brut from the event organiser Northiam Bonfire Society who organised this event so well and aided by England Athletics. This came about because I asked for race number 70 and this got me a lot of support throughout the run.
This was a really good event, not least with the backdrop of a Norman Castle at Bodiam where the finish was and a visit to the Castle could be part of the experience but I had to get back for a Civic duty and the event hinged for many of the 200 runners on catching the East Kent and East Sussex Steam Railway, either to the start which I chose to do or return by train after the race to the Northiam start .
I got snapped by the official photographer who said pictures will appear on the Northiam Bonfire Society Website in due course.
Richard Bates – Haywards Heath Harriers (A80 – 2nd claim)
ps – I had said I would stop running at 70 but the next evening I was on Hove Seafront doing a 6km time trial race and the flat promenade improved my split times considerably but I am paying for these 2 days of racing right now.