Monthly Archives: June 2017

Michael takes on Iceland double marathon challenge 

Strider Michael Treacy is raising funds for the Seaford Down’s Syndrome and Special Needs Support Group – by running two marathons in two days in Iceland this August.

Taking in the Laugavegurinn Trail, the 74km course traverses mountains, icy rivers and volcanic wastelands – quite the challenge!

Michael is looking to raise £1,825 for the Seaford Down’s Syndrome and Special Needs Support Group, an organisation which provides regular activities such as swimming and music classes for children with Downs Syndrome.

“Downs Syndrome is a disability that has always been very close to my heart as two of my younger cousins have this condition,” he says.

“I want to raise money for this amazing charity that tirelessly provides hope and support for children with special needs.”

To find out more about Michael’s challenge and to donate see his Virgin Money Giving page.

Summer Solstice Run 2017: Results

It was one of the hottest days of the year – and the Striders were out in force to mark the Summer Solstice with the annual 5k dash along the seafront.

Everyone was welcome to join the race, with the juniors tackling a 2.5k course while the seniors took on the full 5k out-and-back route.

The temperature might have taken the edge off the times, but the sunshine brought out the smiles – and it was a wonderful evening topped off with a dip in the sea followed by a drink at the Newhaven & Seaford Sailing Club afterwards.

Check out the results below, and don’t forget to click on the Seaford Striders Flikr page for all the photos.

Striders’ spirit at the Seaford Half Marathon

Joel competing in the Seaford Half

By Joel Eaton

The Seaford Half Marathon on 12 May concluded a special weekend that showed off the wider benefits of being part of Seaford Striders. The support, encouragement, and team spirit that was on show for the culmination of the couch-to-5k group at Preston Park Parkrun on Saturday was once again on display for Sunday’s Seaford Half Marathon.

The mostly off-road race starts and finishes on the promenade and takes in Bishopstone village, veers through Rathfinney Wine Estate, joins the South Downs Way to Alfriston, and then drags you through the Cuckmere Valley and over Seaford Head. Scenic? Yep. Hilly? Absolutely. This is a tough course but one that should hold no surprises for Striders as it encompasses sections of regular summer routes.

Race day itself was dry, although residual rain from the night before provided some slippery sections along the Cuckmere river. With Striders, en masse at the finish line, the Bishopstone Road crossing and the first water station and then scattered throughout the route, there can be no complaint of any lack of encouragement and friendly faces cheering club members on.

Myself, Dave Dunstall, Billy Moakes, Scott Hitchcock, and Emily Eaton were all present on the start line, with Scott having to be restrained from leading an impromptu fitness class, while we all waited patiently for the time keeper (an idea for the Mince Pie Ten, perhaps?!?)

Having the support from your club all the way around a race is a great feeling (special mention to Pete for some uphill pacing!), and once again proudly showed off the friendly and encouraging team spirit that defines the club.

Results for Seaford Half: Joel Eaton, 01:26:43, (3rd place); Dave Dunstall, 01:38:43, (13th place); Billy Moakes, 01:39:16, (14th place); Scott Hitchcock, 01:41:51 (19th place) and Emily Eaton, 01:57:49.

David tackles ultra-marathon for Charlotte’s BAG

David is raising funds for Charlotte’s BAG

Strider David Ainsworth is taking on the 53-mile Race of the King Ultra Marathon this weekend to raise funds for his best friend’s charity, Charlotte’s BAG (Battle Against Glioblastoma).

Charlotte Eades, his best friend’s sister, lost her battle with Glioblastoma Multiforme, a rare brain cancer, early last year. Her charity, Charlotte’s BAG helps fund research into brain tumours and ultimately aims to eradicate this form of invariably fatal disease.

Alongside his friend Barnaby, David hopes to complete the ultra marathon route from Arundel to Winchester in under 20 hours.

If you’d like to help and make a donation, David’s JustGiving page has further details: justgiving.com/crowdfunding/CharlottesBAG

The pair have already raised more than £500 put it would be great to see that climb!

Best wishes to David and Barnaby from all at Seaford Striders!

Club Grand Prix 2017 – Standings after eight races

Eight races in to the Seaford Striders Club Grand Prix and the race is on!

On Saturday 10 June the Striders took on the Peacehaven Parkrun again, the eighth date in the Club Grand Prix diary.

Despite the heat on a gloriously sunny day, some excellent times were posted – congrats go especially to Hilary, who posted a PB time to lead the age grading ranks by quite a margin!

Her speedy result means that she has caught Emily Eaton in the women’s league, with the pair tied on exactly 100 points.

For the men the field is a little more stretched out, with Ben Shorer out in front on 115 points, leading Ed Tuckley in second on 94 points.

It’s fantastic to see the league tables grow as the Couch to 5k ‘graduates’ join the field!

Want to take part in the Club Grand Prix but not yet run a race? There’s still time! Points count from a minimum of six and a maximum of 10 races, with seven still to come.

The next event is the Peacehaven Parkrun on Saturday 1 July. Come and race, and get some points! Just don’t forget that vital barcode and to register in advance if you haven’t already.

 

Peacehaven Parkrun results 10 June:

Joshua Nisbett 19:57
James Smith 20:30
Edward Tuckley 20:46
Ben Shorer 22:23
Joe Plant 23:27
Simon Nixon 24:24
Matt Franks 24:43
Kristiane Sherry 25:07
Hilary Humphreys 25:11
Richard Honeyman 27:02
Emma Goodwin 28:52
Tom Roper 30:29
Simon Homer 30:38
Victoria Maleski 35:48
Sandra Standen 35:54
Robert PLANT 37:06

‘An unlikely runner’ – Victoria’s Couch to 5k journey

By Victoria Maleski

Victoria enjoying the new Peacehaven Parkrun

I am not your typical runner. I guess it stemmed from comments from PE teachers and fellow pupils at school, as I was usually the last person to be picked into teams for sports… but I am fairly determined and enjoy challenging myself.

I took early retirement a couple of years back and moved back to Seaford at around the same time. I have enjoyed the new-found freedom and have used the opportunity to see what I can accomplish.

I was tempted by the random Seaford Striders Facebook advert about the c25k programme, but didn’t really make up my mind to take part until the actual day. I’m overweight, in my mid 50’s, had regularly walked our dogs, but committing to learning to run would be a massive step for me.

Any fears I had about the experienced runners looking down on us quickly disappeared – I have found everyone at Seaford Striders to be so friendly and encouraging. This has made such a big difference to my running confidence. I keep saying to myself that the only person I am running against is myself.

The first session was personally challenging, but I kept to the c25k programme, doing two sessions by myself in between the Wednesday evening Striders session. I can now look back at what all of us on the c25k programme have achieved. We may all run at different speeds and have different ambitions, but I am sure we all can feel really proud of the progress we have made. None of this would have been possible without all the Striders who have given up their running time to help us in that process. I am touched by their kindness and encouragement.

I am writing this after completing my third 5k Parkrun in 3 weeks. I still can’t believe I have managed to do this and to be enjoying it so much (well, once I finish each Parkrun!). It is tough, but there is a massive sense of achievement.

So, it is a big thank you from me to Seaford Striders and I am sure also from the other c25k “graduates”.

Thank you to Victoria for sharing her Couch to 5k journey!

SERV Sussex scoops Queens Award

A huge congratulations from Seaford Striders to local blood transportation service SERV Sussex which has been awarded the prestigious Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service.

In their voluntary work this charity provides night time transportation of blood, blood products and other urgent medical items for NHS Hospitals across Sussex. The service is provided free of charge to the NHS between the hours of 7pm and 6am, 365 days of the year via a committed team of volunteer riders and drivers often using their own vehicles.

SERV Sussex was our nominated charity for the Mince Pie Race in December 2015 and since then they have continued to volunteer to assist us during this race. They lead out the runners along Arundel Road and meet them again on the other road sections and accompany the leaders to the finish line – as pictured.

Congratulations to all involved with SERV Sussex!

Striders celebrate Peacehaven Parkrun

By Hilary Humphreys

Striders at the first-ever Peacehaven Parkrun

Saturday 20 May was the inaugural Peacehaven Parkrun in Centenary Park, Peacehaven, and Seaford Striders were out in force to celebrate having a Parkrun so close to home.

After early morning rain the weather was ideal for running, with just a slight nip in the air to keep the runners from overheating. The undulating course is run on a mixture of wide pea shingle path and grass, a three-lap route starting just east of the café, with the first lap being slightly longer than the final two.

Jason Harrold (Crawley Saints and Sinners) was first to finish in a cracking time of 18:09 and the first female across the line was Seaford Strider Emily Eaton in a fabulous time of 22:00.

You could almost have thrown a blanket over the first four Striders, who finished in 4th, 5th, 6th and 7th position overall. First of them was Joel Eaton, pushing son Caleb in a  buggy, finishing in a superb time of 20:18. He was followed by Josh Nisbett who was first in his age group in 20:32. Hard on his heels was Ed Tuckley in 20:40 and Jacob Miles in 20:42.

Next to cross the line for the Striders was Dave Freeman in 21:49 and Ben Shorer in 23:06 both maybe wishing the night before hadn’t been such a long one! The youngest Strider on the course was Joe Plant and he crossed the line next in 24:11, giving him a very well deserved first slot in his age group. Simon Nixon was next to finish in 24:53, just seconds ahead of second female Strider home, Kristiane Sherry who was also first in her age group in 24:57.

Richard Honeyman finished in a reputable 26:54, just ahead of Peter Weeks 27:41 and Emma Goodwin in 29:04. Then it was the turn of the newly graduated ‘couch to 5k’ members with Debbie Plant nursing an injury but still managing a very respectable 36:13; Victoria Maleski in 37:24; Sandra Standen in 37:29 and Tina Butterworth in 40:28, all matching their last week’s scores at Preston Park – an excellent result given that this was a hillier course, so overall times were down.

A mention must also be given to Striders who, once their own race was finished looped back to run with and encourage their newer team members, or waited at the finish line to cheer them home – once again demonstrating excellent sporting camaraderie from a running club noted for their friendliness.

Thanks also from Seaford Striders to the organisers, marshals and runners at Peacehaven Parkrun for making us all so very welcome – very much appreciated!

Summer Solstice 5k run – Come and join in!

By Hilary Humphreys

The 2017 Summer Solstice 5K run will start at 7pm and then finish at Seaford & Newhaven Sailing Club, Seaford. This is a great opportunity for our Couch to 5K group to join in with the whole club – it doesn’t matter how fast you are, just that you take part!

There will be a shorter course of approx. 2.5K so younger juniors and parents can join in too.

The Sailing Club will be open at the finish for the purchase of drinks and snacks – with Tom on hand to sign you in. They also offer a hot meal but would like to have bookings so they know how much food to prepare. If anyone’s interested, please contact the galley: 07534 128200 or email at: galley.seaford@gmail.com

See you on 21 June – the more the merrier!