|Tom Evans a Lewes AC member running for the Army won the Perkins Great Eastern Half Marathon run at Peterborough.
In the local press it was reported that an ‘unknown’ soldier sprang a big surprise at the Perkins Great Eastern Run (October 8). He may be unknown in Peterborough but in Sussex he sprang no great surprise. Tom was a member of the Lewes AC gold medal winning team in the recent Cross Country Relay Championships. Tom in helping the Lewes team to first place in the Sussex Championship ran fastest leg in the race.
Tom Evans is 25 year-old captain serving with the Welsh Guards based at Pirbright, took the honours in the city half-marathon in a time of 68mins 40secs. The Peterborough was Tom’s second half marathon the first being the Barns Green Half Marathon where his time was 73.45
The experienced race commentator Dick Hughes referred to Tom’s win as ‘out-of-the-blue’ He was certainly surprised as he commentated as the runners were about to enter the home straight that he doubted it was Tom Evans as his personal best was nowhere near 68minutes.
Truly a surprise win and a great personal best for Tom in only his second half