Category Archives: 10ks

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)

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.

Striders double their field at 2018 Heathfield Midsummer 10k

Seaford Striders RC doubled their attendance at this year’s Heathfield Midsummer 10k on June 24 – from a field of 12 runners at the 2017 event to a mighty 24 in 2018.

Runners braved scorching temperatures for the circular route around the quiet country lanes surrounding the villages of Cross in Hand and Waldron. The challenging course forms part of the Sussex Grand Prix circuit and gives little opportunity for personal bests. Instead, Striders are challenged to pace themselves to achieve their best possible time on the hilly but scenic route.

The Heathfield Midsummer 10k is a race of two halves. While the runners’ legs are fresh, there’s a downhill sprint towards Waldron. The real challenge comes in saving enough energy for the corresponding uphill slog, which comes at the end of the race. The final 1k stretch ensures team members give their very last drop.

First over the line for the Striders and 8thoverall from the field of 290 finishers, was Joshua Rudd in 38:54. He was followed by Josh Nisbett in 42:18, Nick Farley in 43:22 and Damian Partridge in 43:41.

Andrew Farley was next in 45:23, followed by Phil Robinson in 47:38. Then it was the turn of the ladies. First lady Strider home was Anna Norman in 49:47, followed by Anneka Redley in 50:41 and Natasha Swan in 51:37. Emily Eaton crossed the line in 54:05, just ahead of Kristiane Sherry in 54:08.

Graham Jones completed his race in 56:35, with Hilary Humphreys the last Strider to complete the undulating course in less than an hour in 58:39.

Michelle Varndell loved the course and completed it in 1:00:48, she was followed by Simon Nixon in 1:01:38 and Emily Farley in 1:04:13.  Next came a group of Striders completing in 1:05 – Simon Homer (1:05:03), Debbie Plant (1:05:30) and training buddies Julie Taylor and Trevor Jones (1:05:44).

Stacey Jones helped pace new Strider Lauren Morgan to complete her first ever race  with both finishing in 1:09:47. The race was concluded for the Striders by Becky Souissi (1:14:40) and Victoria Maleski (1:15:18) well supported by Strider team mates who had finished their race.

Striders boost charity coffers at runs across West Sussex

A 24-strong team from Seaford Striders took part in the Worthing 10k on Sunday (June 3) amid sweltering temperatures.

They joined more than 2,000 people taking part in the fundraising event, now in its 28th year. The money raised will be shared between St Barnabas House, Chestnut Tree House children’s hospice, Care for Veterans and animal charity Wadars.

The fast and flat course starts and finishes in Marine Parade and, despite the heat, there was still the opportunity for achieving target times and personal bests (PBs).

First for the Striders and 19th overall was Timothy Dymott – his training plan paying off with a time of 36:16. He was followed by Joshua Rudd in 37:14. Dave Dunstall was fourth placed overall in the M50 category, finishing in 39:02.

Next came Jeff Young (40:05), and Joe Plant, who completed the race in 40:09 – seven minutes faster than his 2017 time. Ben Barnett followed in 44:09 and Phil Robinson in 44:23.

First for the ladies was Anneka Redley, shaving just over a minute off her 2017 time to complete her race in 47:58. Alex Hughes was very happy to break 50 minutes in 49:14. The ever-improving Jazz Shiret was second home for the ladies, achieving a PB time of 53:50. She was closely followed by Simon Nixon in 53:51.

Steph Woodward ran her race in 56:31 with Bianca Buss in 57:19 and Stacey Jones finishing in 58:08. Emma Cooper finished in 58:00 ahead of Michelle Varndell in 1:01:11, Debbie Plant in 1:02:05 and Michael Pickering in 1:03:06.

Ruth Mcconnochie finished in 1:10:28 with Hilary Humphreys and Lisa John crossing the finish line together in 01:11:51, closely followed by Rob Plant in 01:11:58 with Sandra Standen completing the race for the Striders in 01:12:34.

Striders also took part in the first ever Focus 10k – raising money for the Chailey Heritage Foundation, which took place at Borde Hill Garden near Haywards Heath. Two of the club’s current cohort of Couch to 5k participants decided to double their distance for the hot and hilly race – Sue and Chris Pellatt, finished in 1:16:32 and 1:16:31. Victoria Maleski completed the race in 1:21:21. Strider volunteers marshalling the race included Alice Lennie, Verity Skinner and Lance Maleski.

Stellar performances and enthusiastic spectator support at Brighton Marathon Weekend


The Brighton Marathon Weekend once again proved a popular draw for Seaford Striders with 16 club members joining nearly 18,000 runners for the Brighton Marathon and BM10k.

Striders also joined the 150,000-strong crowd of spectators in near perfect spring weather conditions to cheer on their team mates, giving them plenty of encouragement and support on their way to the finish line.

In the Marathon, Josh Rudd attacked the distance in his usual style, beating his 2017 time by nearly two minutes in 2:55:48, finishing the race in 74th place. Dave Dunstall came in next in 3:15:28. He was followed by Phil Robinson in 03:51:27 with Ben Shorer close behind at 03:51:59, knocking a massive 1hr 14 minutes off his previous personal best (PB) time.

Next, it was the turn of the ladies with Emily Eaton crossing the line in 4:03:02, closely followed by Anneka Redley in 04:04:25 and Amanda Feast in 04:37:20. Richard Honeyman completed the race for the Striders in 04:38:15.

Striders running in the BM10k returned home with a clutch of personal bests. Nick Farley came home first with a PB of 40:40, followed by Ben Barnett in 43:15. Jazz Shiret completed the race in 55:00, followed by Abigail Grundy with a PB of 56:21 and closely followed by Michael Pickering in 56:49. Michelle Varndell, held back by a calf injury, was pleased to finish the race in 58:17, she was followed by Debbie Plant in 59:57 and Becky Souissi with a PB of 01:05:35.

Striders also demonstrated their team spirit from the sidelines. Those competing were cheered on with enthusiastic shout outs from Ju Taylor and Trev Jones as they reached Ovingdean, with Victoria Maleski helping marshal nearby at Blind Veterans UK. Andy Farley and Tom Roper took on race support roles at a water station and within the medical centre.




Striders strong at Newick Will Page 10k

By Hilary Humphreys

A relatively small field of just over 200 runners crossed the finish line at a very hot and humid Newick Will Page 10k, providing an excellent opportunity to pick up those vital Sussex Grand Prix points. A strong field of ten club runners took full advantage for Seaford Striders.

Simon Fletcher was first home, 5th overall in a cracking time of 37:35 (no pun intended, even though he was suffering from bruised ribs, following a fall incurred during training).   Luke Borland was also in good form, crossing the line in 14th place in a notable time of 40:08.  Hard on his heels was Dave Dunstall in 17th, 40:33.  Next came Phil Robinson in 46:59 and Peter Weeks in 50:07.

Next it was the turn of the women, with Anneka Redley taking the honour of being first female Strider in a brilliant time of 50:29, while Anna Norman was not far behind in 52:15.  Also running very well were Richard Honeyman in 54:15 and Terry Ward in 55:44.

42: The answer to life?

By Matthew Franks

According to The Hitchhikers guide to the Galaxy, the answer to life, the universe and everything is 42. For me, 42 will be the age that I decided that the way I led my life was to change for the better.  This happened with the help of a well-timed social media mail shot, an established NHS health programme and an immensely supportive and generous group of runners, giving up their time to encourage and advise over 9 weeks, to the goal of running non-stop for 3.1 miles.

For over a decade I hadn’t really exercised at all. At work I sat in front of a PC all day, the middle age spread had fully set in, leaving ever decreasing options in my wardrobe. But it was the day down The Salts when my 10-year-old daughter and her best friend invited me to play a game of “manhunt” that made me realise how unfit I really was. I was unable to get anywhere near them, saved only by a turn in the weather and a plea to stop.

It just so happened a few weeks later my wife alerted me to a social media advert that Seaford Striders, under the leadership of Tom Roper, was starting a couch to 5k group. It was with more than a little trepidation that I turned up at the leisure centre on 22 March to start my journey.

I look back on those 9 weeks now with more than a little pride (and over a stone lighter), remembering the early runs spent desperately looking at my phone, yearning for the next period of walking, cursing the ill-advised quickening of pace as another runner passed in the opposite direction, just to banish the feeling of inadequacy and not buying a pair of running shoes until my calf muscles seized up a few weeks in. The decision to deliberately choose a running route that started with a long gentle incline always stood me in good stead to increase the distance each Wednesday. After week 7, I had managed to extend my usual route to the full 5k distance, a real personal high.

It was therefore with great confidence a little over a week later that lining up with my fellow couch to 5K graduates, at Preston Park Parkrun, I established my first personal best.  The commencement of our own local Parkrun at Peacehaven gave me opportunity to further my ambition to get quicker that motivates me now to get out running. Setting a new PB is a truly great feeling, something I have now managed to achieve on 5 of the 6 occasions I’ve participated in timed 5ks to a point that I am almost 5 minutes quicker than that very first marker, but in truth as long as I have given everything it’s an incredibly fulfilling experience.

During those latter runs I’ve surprisingly started to overtake some of the more experienced Striders and what typifies the club and the people is the genuine words of encouragement from all of those I’ve passed, to push on and achieve a good personal time. Sport wouldn’t be the same without a rival to get the best out of yourself (where would Cram be without Coe?) therefore I must thank one Strider, in particular, Simon Nixon, for not only mentoring and leading our Wednesday runs but also for giving me extra motivation to improve.

In recent weeks, pushing myself by joining in track nights and the Monday get-together that varies the distance and speed of runs, has not only shown me that Cuckmere Haven is not as far as I think but contributed greatly to new PBs and my first 10K finish in just over 50 minutes.

The most special thing about taking up running is that it’s an activity that has rubbed off on my two daughters, who are now regulars at Peacehaven junior Parkrun, and Madeleine, my eldest, has recently become a Junior Strider herself.  She may have escaped me back in March but I’m pretty confident that if she and her friend invite me to play manhunt again I won’t be chasing shadows anymore!

As I now reflect on how far I’ve come in such a short space of time and think about what I’d like to achieve in the future, I’ve decided that 42 might not be a bad place to start, 42 minutes for the 10k that is. I may never achieve it but one thing’s for certain, I can count on the support and encouragement from the inspirational people who make up Seaford Striders running club.  If you are interested in joining then I know you will be most welcome.

A Couch to 5k runner comes of age

By Jo Enright

On 29 March, I took the plunge and joined the Seaford Striders Couch to 5k (C25K) group for the second week of the programme. I had been persuaded by my friend, a current Strider, to give it a try. I decided to go along to show willing but wasn’t planning to attend regularly! That week we were asked to run for 90 second intervals, alternating with a 2-minute walk. I remember commenting to a fellow C25K’er that running for 90 seconds would be a challenge for me.

It’s now 12 weeks later and since that initial session I have regularly attended the group and have run on my own in between. I had fun joining the Seaford Striders for my first Parkrun in Preston Park. I followed this up shortly afterwards with another Parkrun in Eastbourne.

My real achievement was completing the Eastbourne Race for Life 10k on 18 June. This is something I never thought I would be able to do! I used to play sports at school and since then have been a sporadic gym goer, but running has never appealed to me as it was something that I didn’t think I was capable of.

After completing a couple of 5ks I decided to try and push myself a bit further and the 10k felt like a natural progression. I didn’t sign up until the night before and didn’t tell anyone I was going to run, as I still wasn’t sure I could commit to it! I liked the idea of the Race for Life as I knew it wouldn’t be a pressurised race and I would be able to go at my own pace. After losing my mum, my mother-in-law and father-inlaw to cancer, it also felt like a good opportunity to combine my new challenge with supporting Cancer Research UK.

Sunday 18 June was a scorcher and the heat added to the feeling of ‘how on earth am I going to complete this?!’. But I did and felt hugely proud not only of completing the race but also running it in roughly the time I was aiming for.

I have greatly valued the support that experienced Striders have given the C25K group, whether that be running with us each week, pacing us at the Parkruns or cheering us on when they have finished their own races. I am now able to contemplate calling myself a runner!

To donate to Jo’s Race for Life fundraising, click here.