Monthly Archives: February 2017

Striders strong at Brighton Half

The first three
Striders to finish the Brighton Half, Josh Rudd, Simon Fletcher and Scott Hitchcock.

The Brighton Half is a good solid, flat race with few corners, which is well organised with copious amounts of marshals, signposts and volunteers, with fantastic support from the crowds who flock to watch the race.  The long flat course gives great potential for PBs – personal bests – and the Seaford Striders did not disappoint, despite the winds, which added a fair amount of unwanted resistance.

The race started on Madeira Drive, taking in the surroundings with the sea, Pier and Big Wheel before a quick circuit around the Old Steine.  Then runners headed east along the coast towards Ovingdean for 2 miles, before a sharp turn saw them heading west along the coast for 3 miles back towards the centre, where the masses of crowds and supporters were in loud voice!

The route then continued along the coast for further 3 miles until the Hove Lagoon turn on mile 9, with the next 2 miles being on the Hove Promenade.   At mile 12 the runners headed back on to the main road, eastbound with the finish line in sight.  The final push along the last mile being made so much easier by the thousands of cheering people and the atmosphere helping more than one of the runners complete their final sprint.

Eleven Seaford Striders took part and delivered some cracking results with at least five of them achieving PBs.  The first Strider across the line was the ever-improving Josh Rudd in a cracking PB time of 1:17:33, closely followed by Simon Fletcher who was first in his age group in 1:18:19.  Next to finish in another PB time was Scott Hitchcock 1:23:32 and Luke Borland, 1:26:31 (another PB).  Heading out for the first time for the Striders over this distance, Ed Tuckley was close behind the early finishers in 1:27:44, with Josh Nisbett finishing in 1:39:03.

Claiming the position of first female Strider was Anneka Redley, again running for the first time over this distance as a Strider, in a very impressive time of 1:48:30, closely followed by Karen Clinton in 1:52:10 and, in another PB time Carlie Watts made it home in 1:56:07.  Not to be outdone, yet another PB was achieved by Emma Goodwin in 2:13:35, with Tom Roper closing the interest for the Striders in 2:22:01.

As always in this race, there was a great mix of runners of all abilities who collectively will have raised an amazing amount of money for numerous charities.

Congratulations to all the Brighton Halfers!

Sussex Grand Prix 2017

By Gareth Hutchinson

The Sussex Grand Prix (SGP) is an annual league which provides the running clubs of Sussex the opportunity to compete against each other on an individual and team basis. The categories are further divided by age and sex.

The Striders were once regular winners of the overall competition and there now seems an appetite to challenge once again for the top spot.

There are usually around 18 races that make up the Grand Prix. Points are awarded according to your finishing position, 1st place earns 500 points, 2nd place 499, and so on. The scoring is separate for men and women. Your points total is obtained from your best 8 scoring races. These 8 races must include at least 2 races of 10 miles or more. Runners’ individual points allocation also form the team scores for the club; the top 10 men and 10 ladies (vets top 5 men, top 5 ladies) are counted.

Full details can be found on the SGP website. The clubs that tend to do the best are those with strength and depth across the sexes and age groups – so don’t worry
if you are not up there with the fastest in the club. If you compete in at least eight races you are still likely to make a significant contribution to the team.

When choosing which races to do this year look out for those which count towards the SGP, those that have been declared thus far are detailed below.

Let’s get our trophy back!

Grand Prix Races 2017:

5 Mar Eastbourne Half Marathon Entry details
19 Mar Hastings Half Marathon Entry details
30 Apr Mid Sussex Haywards Heath 10 Mile Entry details
7 May Hastings Runners 5 Mile Entry details
21 May Horsham 10k Entry details
28 May The Rye 10 Entry details
2 Jul 18th Bewl 15 Miler Entry details
12 Jul Brighton Phoenix 10k
27 Aug Will Page 10k – conditional SGP fixture until further notice
10 Sep Hellingly 10k
24 Sep Barns Green 1/2 Marathon Entry details
1 Oct Lewes Downland 10 Miles
29 Oct The 10th Hove Prom 10k
Date TBC Nov Crowborough 10k

Ashdown Forest XC 2017

By Scott Hitchcock

The weather conditions for the 15 January race on the Ashdown Forest were terrible with rain, ice, snow, mud, mist and wind but that didn’t stop the 400 or so runners from getting stuck into a proper x-country race.

There were no facilities apart from a gazebo to put your kit in and register for the race but there was food and drink there for us when we finished. Photo below courtesy of Debbie Plant – nine brave Striders before they set out across the mud… and snow and mist and ice and wind and rain!

We all gathered for the start cold and wet but raring to go, and we headed out with mud, ice and water flying everywhere but I was absolutely loving it! Runners were trying to find the best route but there wasn’t one as it was boggy everywhere. There was a massive downhill, passing two ponds where I wasn’t far from falling in. Then it was through woodlands and back up a massive hill about four miles in, where runners were really put to the test. I started to lose ground and thought I would lose positions but managed to stay strong and get to the top without doing so. This was followed by a slight downhill to the welcome of the finish line.

There wasn’t one person who wasn’t covered head to toe in mud and we all loved it! What I liked most about this event was that we ran as a team: me, Luke, Ed and Dave all stayed together during the race and helped one another throughout.  What a great Sunday morning, with all the Striders demonstrating great sportsmanship to one another and I even had runners from other clubs saying what a close connection our club has. Every single one of us was there until everyone had crossed the line, even though it was freezing.

Once finished, the faster runners ran back along the course to help and encourage their slower team mates. Striders performed very well indeed with the first five runners arriving within the first 35 finishers.

First home was Josh Rudd finishing 12th in a time of 32:54. Next and in quick succession were Scott Hitchcock, 34:25; Ed Tuckley, 34:32; Luke Borland 34:42; Dave Dunstall, 34:53 – earning him first place in his age group.

Next, making his debut in cross country was our youngest senior, Joe Plant in 43:31. Peter Weeks crossed the line in 44:16, ahead of the only female Strider in the race, Carlie Watts, in 50:07 and Tom Roper in 64:00.

Given these excellent results, I think this year will be a great season for us. Well done Striders!

Seaford Striders Presentation Evening 2017

Martin Bulger receives the 30th Anniversary – Outstanding Service Award

The Presentation Evening on Saturday 28 January was extremely well attended and everyone seemed to enjoy themselves and live up to the club motto: “We don’t only run, we also have fun”.

One of the main purposes of the evening was to present a charity cheque using money raised from our annual Mince Pie Race. The team from our chosen charity, Sussex Search and Rescue’, were delighted with their £2,000 cheque. For more information about Sussex Search and Rescue, please visit www.sussar.org

The evening also celebrated the achievements of Seaford Striders members throughout the 2016 calendar year. Congratulations to the following recipients!

Steve Rowland Cup Bob Hitchcock
Men’s Captain Award (women) Claire Keith
Captain’s Award (w) Claire Keith
Men’s Captain Award (men) Joe Plant
10km Award (m) Joe Plant
Junior Striders’ Strider Joe Plant
Bill Young Memorial Award Scott Hitchcock
Achiever Award (w) Carlie Watts
Achiever Award (m) Richard Honeyman
Dragonfly Award Linda Jennings
Newcomer Award (w) Stacey Bennett
Captain’s Trophy (m) – Josh Rudd
30th Anniversary Award Tony Humphreys
Striders’ Strider Hilary Humphreys
Jojo Gunne Award Claire Keith, Tom Roper and Josh Nisbett
Newcomer Award (m) Josh Nisbett
Marathon Award Simon Fletcher
10km Award (w) Wendy Reed
Sussex Grand Prix Awards – given those club members who had completed 8 GP races: Claire Keith, Scott Hitchcock, Josh Rudd, Luke Borland, Chris le Beau, Tom Roper and Terry Ward

30th Anniversary – Outstanding Service Award – A certificate and restaurant voucher were presented to Martin Bulger on behalf of the club. This award was to commemorate Martin’s outstanding service to the club for all of its 30 years of existence. A very well deserved award – thanks from us all!