Monthly Archives: July 2018

Striders shine at Brighton Phoenix 10k

Sea breezes and England 1-0 up at the start of their Word Cup semi-final spurred Seaford Striders onto a strong performance in the Phoenix 10k.

The overall race field was diminished due to the clash with the country’s first World Cup semi-final in 28 years, but the Striders still managed to field a team of 15 runners in the Sussex Grand Prix race – more runners than in the previous two years.

The football also meant a slight alteration of the route, taking runners away from busy pubs and bars. The Phoenix 10k is a fast out and back race, starting on the promenade at Hove Lawns, going to the lagoon and returning after Shoreham docks.  The runners were helped by a cooler, evening start, as well as hearing the opening England 1-Croatia 0 scoreline at the start, thanks to some hastily arranged big screens.

Sadly, England were 1-1 down by the end of the race – and the rest is history – but the Striders put on a strong performance on the fast course. First back was Joshua Rudd in 36:34, followed by Dave Dunstall in 38:49. Damian Partridge finished the course in 42:08. Next came Andrew Farley (43:20), first lady Emily Eaton in 45:48, Anna Norman 46:08 and Anneka Redley in 48:15 with Kristiane Sherry just a step behind in 48:16.

Jazz Shiret came next, running her race in 51:35, followed by Hilary Humphreys (54:24), Simon Homer (55:50), Michelle Varndell (57:27), Julie Taylor (1:01:51), Becky Souissi (1:05:09) and finally Rob Plant concluding the race for the Striders in 1:12:02.

Nick wins Blind Veterans 100k London to Brighton challenge


It was third time lucky for Seaford Strider Nick Farley – who took first place in this year’s Blind Veterans 100k London to Brighton walking challenge.

Nick completed the walk in 18 hours 20 minutes and 50 seconds over July 7 and 8. He has more than doubled his initial sponsorship target to raise more than £725 so far for the charity, which supports servicemen and women with life after sight loss.

Nick’s winning walk comes after two previous attempts at completing the challenge. On his first attempt he got as far as 72k, completing the full distance second time around. For this year’s 100k – his first solo attempt at the distance – he set himself the challenge of achieving a personal best (PB).

The route takes participants through Wandsworth, Coulsdon, Caterham across the M25, down through East Grinstead to Scaynes Hill then Plumpton before heading over to Falmer, passing the American Express Stadium, then up and over the Downs to the finish at Blind Vets centre in Ovingdean.

Walkers must pass through seven checkpoints during the 100k challenge, which also provide them with foods, fluids, medication and bags of encouragement. Nick was also able to watch England v Sweden live at Checkpoint 3.

Nick said: “Over the course of the route I met some amazing people, partially sighted Blind Veterans members and guides who were simply inspiring to say the least. This drove me further to achieve what I had set out to do in support of the cause.”

The charity is a cause close to Nick’s heart: “It was Blind Veterans UK, formally St Dunstan’s which brought my Great Grandfather Joe Dellow and family including my nan down to Brighton in November 1948 when he became a member.”

Nick stayed motivated to complete the distance by keeping a close eye on his timings and benchmarking them against his second successful completion of the race.

He added: “I maintained my fluid intake, ate when I felt I needed as the heat really took away the hunger and constantly topped up the factor 50 sun cream, all of which kept me moving at an average pace of approximately 14:41 per mile. I felt strong throughout and was making great progress from checkpoint to checkpoint. I looked after my feet with regular sock changes, powder and tape as the blisters appeared, quite early on actually.”

Nick knew he was on the home stretch as he approached Checkpoint 7, with his wife and friends on hand to give their support.

“I was overcome with emotion as I crossed the line to get home first overall with a PB time of 18:20:50, having realised what I’d achieved on the journey I had undertaken in that last final 1k.”

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Joshua takes first place at Eastbourne parkrun


Joshua Rudd steamed ahead to win Eastbourne parkrun in 17 minutes 43 seconds on July 7.

The parkrun was included as part of Seaford Striders’ Club Grand Prix competition with Striders competing against each other to win points.

Thirty Striders competed in the race. Joshua was followed by Dave Dunstall who achieved a new course personal best (PB) in 18:36 and achieving 7th place overall and Jeff Young in eighth (18:53). Next was Damian Partridge in 19:59, followed by Joe Plant in 20:15.

First for the ladies was Anneka Redley, who was fourth lady home overall, completing the distance in 22:41 and achieving a new PB. Kristiane Sherry was next home for the Striders, coming in 7th overall in the ladies’ race and another new PB of 23:13. Next in were Simon Nixon with a new PB of 25:58, closely followed by Emma Cooper in 26:01 and Simon Homer in 26:56.

There was a strong showing again from the Striders’ ladies, bolstered by new runners completing and progressing to races from the Club’s successful Couch to 5k initiatives. Couch to 5k co-ordinator Hilary Humphreys finished in 27:07, followed by Michelle Varndell in 28:34. Next was Julie Taylor (30:12), Debbie Plant (30:38), Caroline Swinden (31:54) and Victoria Maleski (32:58).

Stacey Jones finished in 33:09 alongside her daughter, Kacia, Becky Soussi achieved a new PB of 33:18, just ahead of Rob Plant (33:19). Sandra Standen finished in 33:57 ahead of Alice Lennie (35:31), Sharon Plank with a new PB of 37:03 and Tara Holmes-Ling (37:06).

Then came Amanda Macgowan, just ahead of Kayleigh Spencer (38:38), Fawzia Whittuck (39:38), Alex Morris (39:45), Claire Sayers (45:22) and finally Sue Wallis in 45:24.

Striders keep their cool at scorching hot Bewl 15 mile


There was little respite from the high temperatures for the 11 Seaford Striders who braved the Bewl 15 mile race on July 1.

With the mercury reaching 29 degrees during the morning, there was little scope for achieving personal bests during the mainly off-road route, which forms part of the Sussex Grand Prix series of races. The trail run hugs the Bewl reservoir, giving runners a visual distraction from the hot conditions with scenic views across the water, chines and wooded areas. The route includes a number of inclines which challenged the Striders to give every last bit of energy.

741 runners completed the race, which was organised by Wadhurst Runners. First across the line for the Striders was Luke Borland in 1:56:51 and 50th overall. Joshua Nisbett completed his race in 2:02:20, with Andrew Farley in 2:13:48.

Kristiane Sherry was the first lady home for the Striders, finishing the race in 2:20:34, ahead of Emily Eaton in 2:27:34. Phil Robinson crossed the line in 2:30:58, ahead of Anna Norman in 2:31:36.

Ben Shorer (2:58:04) and Stephanie Cox (2:58:06) also finished the course in under three hours. Amanda Feast completed her race in 3:03:38 with Tom Roper the last Strider to finish in 3:37:30.