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225 runners turn out for first Seaford Beach parkrun

The inaugural Seaford Beach parkrun got off to a flying start with 225 runners taking on the 5k seafront course on Saturday March 2.

Seaford Striders were out in force, both as runners and marshals for the first edition of the event. The runners were sent on their way for the very first event by Seaford town mayor Linda Wallraven. Parkrun is a global initiative which organises free weekly 5k timed runs which are suitable for all abilities. Seaford Beach parkrun starts at Newhaven and Seaford Sailing Club and follows the Esplanade past the Martello Tower before returning to its start point. The runs, which take place at 9am on a Saturday morning, are organised entirely by volunteers.

Finishing the run first was Matthew King of Haywards Heath Harriers with his time of 17:33, followed by Rich McAleer of Lonely Goat RC (17:58) and Ed Plager in (18:04). The ladies were led home by Erica Martin of Brighton Phoenix in 20:24, Jeanette Kenneally of Brighton & Hove City AC in 22:01 and Lynsey Keeley in 22:07.

Seaford parkrun race director Joel Eaton said: “It was brilliant to see so many runners turn out the make the very first Seaford Beach parkrun a resounding success. Everyone enjoyed themselves, with many runners staying on after their 5k run for refreshments in the Sailing Club which made us most welcome. I’d also like to thank our enthusiastic team of volunteers for making our first event run so smoothly.”

“Thanks to generous donations from organisations and businesses such as Focus Group and Seaford Rotary, we achieved our goal of setting up a parkrun in Seaford. These generous donations will help boost the fitness of runners of all abilities from the town and beyond. No matter what your age and whether you are an experienced runner, or just want a gentle jog in friendly company, the weekly 5k timed runs can offer a real incentive to boost your fitness.”

Chris Pellatt, IT Support Director of Focus Group was one of the runners in the first Seaford Beach parkrun. The company donated £1,500 towards setting up Seaford Beach parkrun.

“Whether your involvement with the parkrun is of a running or voluntary capacity, the sense of community is one of the vital attractions to the event,” he said. “You could be running with a group of friends, meet new people with similar interests or be cheered on by someone you’ve never met. It goes without saying that exercise makes you feel amazing – after you’ve pushed through the tiredness – and encourages a healthier lifestyle. It is these two key combinations of a healthier lifestyle and sense of community that will get the residents of Seaford up nice and early on a Saturday morning.”

Seaford Beach parkrun has also been supported by Seaford Rotary, Seaford Town Council, Newberry Tully Estate Agents, The Moyleman Race, Fonetastic, Brighton Accommodation Agency, VR Flowers & Son, Gingerfit Personal Trainers and Kaizen PR Ltd, with more donations to follow.

Top 5 slots – and an inflatable T Rex – at Brighton Half Marathon

Bright sunshine and spring-like conditions greeted the 26 Seaford Striders taking part in The Grand Brighton Half Marathon.

In contrast to last year’s race, which was run in the chilling grip of the Beast from the East, this year’s 13.1 mile race was run in unseasonably warm temperatures.

The race, which was this year attended by 12,000 runners, starts on Madeira Drive before a short uphill run along the cliff tops to Ovingdean before turning back into Brighton at Mile 3. Runners then head off for a circuit of the Old Steine, before heading back onto the seafront.

Runners turn just before mile 10 for the final 3 mile stretch from Hove Lagoon back to Madeira Drive. The last couple of miles are made easier by the enthusiastic spectators who line the route, cheering, high fiving runners and waving motivational placards along the way.

Two Striders took top five places in the MV50 category, Simon Fletcher taking the top spot with his run of 01:20:06 and Dave Dunstall placed in 5th place in 01:24:16.44 The Striders were joined by an eyecatching addition to the team, with Alan Browne running the whole race dressed as an inflatable T-Rex in 02:20:08.

Striders completing the Brighton Half were:

Joe Plant (01:23:06), Simon Coppard (01:24:46), Josh Rudd (01:29:00), Nick Farley (01:29:27), Jamie Pearson (01:34:40), Jeff Young (01:36:53), Scott Hitchcock (01:42:17), Adam Cook (01:44:29), Anneka Redley (01:49:22), Adam Haverly (01:50:14), Chris Wilmot (01:56:47), Michael Pickering (02:15:15), Julie Taylor (02:15: 21), Trevor Jones (02:15:21), Steph Woodward (02:16:18), Helen Cox (02:24:44), Lauren Morgan (02:26:06), Stacey Jones (02:29:30), Sarah Simcock (02:29:31), Victoria Maleski 02:34:54), Wendy Woodford (02:33:42), Becky Souissi (02:36:54) and Lisa John (02:56:03).

Striders celebrate top five place in the Sussex Grand Prix

Seaford Striders has been ranked among the top five performing running clubs across East and West Sussex, securing fourth place in the Sussex Grand Prix.

Eligible runners score points for their team by competing in a designated series of Sussex races throughout the year. Twenty-three running teams were in competition for the title, which this year was won by Wadhurst Runners.

On the final event in the Sussex Grand Prix Series, a 21-strong team from the Seaford Striders took on the undulating route of the 32nd Crowborough 10k. The two-lap road race takes in the pretty lanes around Crowborough and includes a steep hill which much be tackled by the runners twice. The event was organised by Crowborough Runners.

First back for the Striders was Josh Rudd, who ran his race in 38:48. Next came Luke Borland in 40:50, followed shortly by Jeff Young in 41:14 (4th in the MV2 age group category). He was followed by Nick Farley in 42:18, Joshua Nisbett in 43:15 and Damian Patridge in 45:48. Phil Robinson achieved 6th in the MV4 age group category with his time of 47:38.

Adam Haverly 48:24 was next, followed by first female Strider Natasha Swan in 49:18 (5th in the FV3 category). Jazz Shiret was next in 53:37, a second ahead of Graham Jones (53:38). Chris Wilmot (57:12), Terry Ward (58:34 and 5th in the MV7 age category) and Simon Homer (59:51) were also among Striders completing the race in under an hour.

Emily Eaton and Hilary Ward finished in 1:03, closely followed by Chloe Wilmot (1:04). Next came Wendy Woodford (1:08) and Victoria Maleski (1:11). Graham Little and Simon Nixon finished together in 1:14.

The winners of the Seaford Striders Club Grand Prix for 2018 were Anneka Redley and Joshua Nisbett.

Striders double their turn out at Hellingly 10k

Seaford Striders more than doubled their turn out for the 34th edition of the John Faulds Hellingly 10k.

From a field of 10 runners in the 2017 race, a more than double strength team of 21 Striders donned their black team colours to run the 2018 race through the country lanes of Hellingly, organised by the Hailsham Harriers

The initial flat start to the race is followed by a 3k climb up Cowbeech Hill, the first of many undulations. But runners that go uphill, must come down with a welcome downhill stretch followed by a final sprint through a field to the finish line.

First home for Seaford Striders was Joe Plant in 40:13, who also topped the Male U20 age group category. He closely followed by Jeff Young (40:16 – 3rdin the Male V45 category) and Dave Dunstall (40:19) first in the Male V55 category. They were followed by Luke Borland (40:34), Nick Farley (41:53), Joshua Nisbett (42:58), Damian Partridge (43:25) and Andrew Farley (44:25).

Anna Norman was first for the Striders’ ladies in 48:20 and 4thin the Female Senior category. She was followed by Graham Jones (49:25), Jazz Shiret (53:10), Anneka Redley (54:22) and Wendy Reed (55:39).

Also completing the race in under an hour were Emily Eaton (58:09), Kristiane Sherry (58:10), Simon Homer (58:58) and Michelle Varndell (59:35). Simon Nixon ran his race in 1:02:19 ahead of Caroline Swinden (1:04:58), Victoria Maleski (1:10:06) and Lauren Morgan (1:11:22)

Sign up now for the Mince Pie 10 mile

It may be one of the hottest summers on record, but registrations are already stacking up for the Seaford Striders’ Mince Pie 10 mile race on December 9, 2018.

With more than 100 registrations already received, runners are being encouraged to sign up early for the event, voted one of the UK’s top ten races by Runners World magazine.
The Mince Pie 10 is organised annually by the Seaford Striders to raise funds for local charities and the running club itself. The race is sponsored by long standing supporter David Jordan Estate Agents.

This year’s race will be run in support of Service by Emergency Rider Volunteers (SERV Sussex). SERV is run by volunteers, who provide a free night time and weekend service to NHS hospitals across Sussex transporting organs, blood products, patient notes and other urgent consignments between hospitals. The service eliminates costly transport bills, allowing hospitals to focus resources on patient care.
The undulating course – a mixture of four on-road and six off-road miles – takes in the beautiful countryside scenery around Telscombe and Saltdean. The race is open to runners of all abilities aged 17 plus, although the route is unsuitable for wheelchair users. With an entrant’s limit of just 600, the race is frequently a sell-out, so early registration is recommended.

Mince Pie race organiser, Terry Ward, said: “Many runners return year after year to take on the Mince Pie 10 mile challenge. It’s open to all runners of all abilities – whether you’re aiming for your fastest time, want a festive workout in a Santa suit, or are running as part of a team of elves. Last year’s event was sold out by October, so we’re advising runners to sign up early to avoid disappointment.”

The race starts and finishes at the Peacehaven Leisure Centre at 11am. Runners can sign up online at
Race photographers Sussex Sport Photography will be on hand to capture the action. The race will be marshaled by Seaford Striders with plentiful water stations along the route. All finishers will receive a medal, goody bag and a mince pie. There will also be spot prizes and a raffle.

Pre-and post-race massage will be available, along with sports clothing, footwear and equipment from sports specialists InterSport.

Josh storms to first place at rain-lashed South Coast Run 10k

Josh Rudd made sure the South Coast Run 10k trophy stayed within the town, finishing the race in first place.

This year’s race, on July 29, was part of the South Coast Triathlon and Half Marathon, 10k and 5k and took place under storm-lashed conditions. The 10k route is a flat, out-and-back two lap race of Seaford Esplanade. Under kinder weather conditions, it can offer up potential to achieve a personal best.

For the 2018 race, runners battled a strong headwind from the turn point at Newhaven and Seaford Sailing Club right back up to the Martello Tower.

Josh brushed off heavy rain to finish the 10k race in 38:30. He was joined by Kristiane Sherry, finishing in 49:19 to achieve 9th place in the ladies race. New Strider Lauren Morgan beat her first 10k time by more than a minute to finish in 1:08:28.

In the 5k, Katherine Elton achieved 4th place in the ladies race, finishing in 26:46.

Though the conditions were atrocious, the team gained welcome support from non-running Striders, smiling through the elements to clap, cheer and even ‘run in’ their team-mates for the final stages of their race.

* As of August 1, the race organisers have only published provisional timing results.

Picture: Josh in the dry with his trophy (with a little help from Orla!)


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.”

  • To support Nick’s fundraising challenge for Blind Veterans UK visit his Just Giving page at

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.