Category Archives: Club Grand Prix

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.

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.

Three is the magic number for Striders at the Hastings Runners 5 mile



Dry, cool weather and a flat, fast course helped Seaford Striders achieve a trio of personal bests plus top three age group performances at the Hastings Runners 5 mile on May 13.

The Striders had a brilliant turnout, with 22 team members among the 525 finishers making the trip to Hastings. The race, now in its 13th year, is run in memory of Hastings Runner Keith Chandler with the proceeds donated to St Michael’s Hospice – more than £50,000 has been raised so far.

First man home for the Striders, and 14th placed overall, was Timothy Dymott, running the race in under 30 minutes in 29:15. Josh Nisbett, taking a break from marathon distances, came in next at 31:05. He was followed by Jeff Young (31:50) who was 3rd placed in the MV45 age group and junior Joe Plant in 31:55.

Then came Nick Farley in 32:10, Damien Partridge (33:12), Ben Barnett in 34:00 and Andy Farley just behind in 34:03. Matt Franks was pleased with his comeback time of 35:27 in front of Graham Jones in 37:29.

First lady home for the Striders was Anna Norman in 37:58, followed by Kristiane Sherry, delighted with her time of 38:31. Jazz Shiret smashed her target of a sub-45 minute race to finish in 42:14. Hilary Humphreys was third placed in the FV65 age group category, finishing her race in 43:22.

Simon Nixon ran as a pacemaker for Simon Homer (both finishing in 44:34) and Emma Cooper, a few seconds behind in 44:39.

With family and team mates cheering loudly at the finish line, a trio of former Couch to 5k graduates all achieved new PB times. Stacey Jones (46:27), Debbie Plant (47:17) and Becky Souissi (53:32) all coming home with their best times yet over this distance.

They were joined by Victoria Maleski, running a good, even pace alongside team mate Becky at 53:41 and concluding with Sandra Standen in 57:55.

* Anneka Redley completed the Run Gatwick half marathon in 1:56:43, pacing dad Jonathon who finished in 1:56:45.

Four races left – Club Grand Prix is go!

The Seaford Striders Club Grand Prix 2017 is shaping up for a tight finish in both the women’s and the men’s leagues – with just four races to go!

Over the course of the year Striders have been taking part in Club Grand Prix races, with the first-placed runner scoring 20 points, the second 19, third 18, etc.

Of the 15 total races Striders must take part in a minimum of six races, with points from a maximum of 10 counting.

In the women’s race, just eight points separate the top three. Emily Eaton leads with 120 points, closely followed by Hilary Humphreys on 118, and then Kristiane Sherry on 113. The full standings are below (click to zoom).

In the men’s competition, Ben Shorer is out in front on 129 points, with Joel Eaton second on 100 and Ed Tuckley third on 95. Full standings below – click to zoom.

There are just four races to go – with a total of 80 points still up for grabs! Any paid-up member is eligible to enter, and all are welcome to take part in the following (some of which handily overlap with the Sussex Grand Prix schedule): Lewes Downland 10 Mile (1 Oct), Hove Prom 10k (29 Oct), a TBC cross country race, and Crowborough 10k (3 Dec).

Course records and fierce climbs at the Friston Forest 5

Josh at the Worthing 10k

By Josh Nisbet

While most people spend their bank holiday weekends relaxing and enjoying that extra day off work, a number of Striders saw it as an opportunity for more miles and races. What with Peacehaven Parkrun, Rye 10, Folkstone 10k and Weald Challenge Trail Half marathon to mention just a few, my Strava feed was full of Striders competing across the south coast.

The Friston Forest 5 & Adder 10 mile races took place on the last bank holiday Monday in May. The events were capped at 44 and 66 spaces respectively, with a much smaller field turning out on the day. However, this led to a great camaraderie between all the runners, and a friendly feel to the race briefing and start. While the Adder 10 was a mass (if you can call it that) start at 9:30am, the Friston Forest 5 was a time trial staggered start scenario, where anyone could head off after 9:40am, one at a time roughly 10 seconds apart.

For those brave enough to do 10 miles in the heat and humidity, it was a two-lap course
around Friston Forest. As it was a Club Grand Prix event, there was no surprise that all four of the Striders on the day had entered the shorter one-lap 5-mile race.

The first two miles of the course took you on the outskirts of the forest that over looked the hills out to Littlington and Wilmington, all of which was uphill! After a sharp right hander and another steep climb the course eventually began to come down on itself, much to everyone’s delight. The remaining 3 miles were an opportunity to gain back some time
on the sluggish uphill start, with the rest of the course being on gravel tracks, with only one other short steep hill to contend with.

The humidity didn’t seem to slow down Joel Eaton who not only won the race, but set a course record for the 5 miles in 31:43. Next home out of the Striders was myself in fourth place in a time of 36:51, followed by Ben Shorer in seventh place and a time of 40.01 (39.59 on his watch). Our final Strider home was Emily Eaton in 24th, who like Joel was running her third race in as many days, and as if that wasn’t enough, did it pushing the buggy and little one round in a time of 54:10.

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

Club Grand Prix 2017 – Standings after seven races

It’s game on – the Seaford Striders Club Grand Prix 2017 is now seven races in out of a possible 15!

After the Friston Forest 5 mile on Bank Holiday Monday, Emily Eaton has overtaken Hilary Humphreys in the women’s race, leading the field by an impressive 19 points.

In the men’s league Ben Shorer remains out in from, extending his lead to 18 points.

The next race is the Peacehaven Parkrun on 10 June – a great opportunity for everyone in the Club to score some points and work their way up the table. See you then – just don’t forget those barcodes!

There’s still time to take part – scores are taken from a minimum of six races and a maximum of 10. To find out more and plan your races, click here.



Sunny Saturday at Eastbourne Parkrun

By Ben Shorer

On a lovely sunny Saturday morning, I took the journey from Newhaven to run the Eastbourne Parkrun 5k. I’ve done the 5k in the past, but that was way back in 2013 so I didn’t know if the route would be the same, but luckily it was!

The last time I ran the Parkrun 5k in Eastbourne there were about 60-70 people attending, and today there were 299, so it was a great turn out! Apparently, the first Saturday of every month they have race-pacers, which was great, as I had no idea what my run time was going to be. I tried to follow the sub 21 and see what happened and so I pushed myself to the front with the mega-fast group just for a laugh and off we went. I went out at a 6-minute mile pace, which I’ve never run at before, so I knew I had to slow down so I didn’t burn out too early!

About halfway round Emily went past me and off into the distance. I still had a bit of juice left in the tank for the last half a mile or so, so I upped my pace and attempted a sprint finish. Running with Seaford Striders has clearly improved my fitness, as I broke my Parkrun PB by about two minutes!
Edward came in a highly impressive 5th of 299 runners. 84 of these scored a PB, inspired by the volunteer pacers on duty.

Ed Tuckley, 19:00 course PB
Emily Eaton 21:14 PB
Ben Shorer 21:45 PB
Hilary Humphreys 25:38 PB
Tom Roper 27:02 PB

Image courtesy of Tony Humphreys

Club Grand Prix 2017 – Standings after six races

After six races, the Club Grand Prix is taking shape – competition is fierce, and there are a number of new faces in the league tables, too!

In the women’s race it’s Hilary Humphreys out in front, leading Emily Eaton by just a single point.

It’s almost as tight in the men’s race, where Ben Shorer has taken the lead and is currently four points ahead of Edward Tuckley.

Both leagues have been bolstered by the Couch to 5k group, with a host of new faces joining the race in both the women’s and the men’s competition at the Preston Park Parkrun.

The standings in full are below – and it’s not too late to take part! Points are counted from a minimum of six and a maximum of 10 races with nine still to come, so get involved. Distances range from 5k up to 10 miles with opportunities for everyone.

For more information on the Club Grand Prix, including the race calendar, click here – and don’t forget, the next race is the Friston Forest 5 Mile on 29 May. See you there!

Strider’s Couch to 5k take on Parkrun

By Hilary Humphreys

The day had finally arrived.  The newly formed Seaford Striders’ Couch to 5K group gathered at Preston Park in Brighton on 13 May with a mix of excitement, anticipation and a touch of nervousness.  This is what we had been building up to for over 9 weeks – to complete a Parkrun and achieve what some of us felt was impossible (I know I did!) – run a 5k!

Seaford Striders were out in force on the Saturday morning, which was perfect weather for running.  Ten ‘Couch to 5K’s, with many more experienced Striders, were there to help us get around. The sea of Striders’ shirts certainly grabbed people’s attention and a mention from the race director before the start ensured everyone knew why we were there.  We received a big cheer and many well wishes as we nervously walked to the start.

First to cross the line were the experienced Striders with Edward Tuckley finishing 10th in a new PB time of 18:48; followed by Scott Hitchcock in 13th place in a time of 19:09 – just two seconds off another PB.  Dave Freeman once again showed Ben Shorer the way home, with the pair finishing in times of 21:08 and 21:32 respectively.  Ben achieved a PB with his time and hard on their heels was Joe Plant, still recovering from injury and putting in a worthy time of 22:32.

Peter Weeks was next to cross the line in 23:05, just in front of Emily Eaton, first female Strider home in an excellent time of 23:45, especially so given that she was pushing one year old son Caleb in a buggy!  Next across the line was Kristiane Sherry in another great time of 23:56 and she was followed by Richard Honeyman in a PB time of 25:36.

Then it was the turn of the ‘couch to 5k’ group with Matt Franks taking the honour of first Strider from the newly formed group to cross the line in a remarkable time of 28:19. He was followed by Simon Homer in 31:14.  Crossing the line together were Stacey Jones and Joanna Simmons in equal 31:43 and they were followed by Debbie Plant in 34:59 and Rob Plant in 37:24.  Finishing with him almost in a group were Victoria Maleski in 37:25, Jo Enright, 37:28, Sandra Standen, 37:29 and Tina Butterworth in 40:12.

Mention must also be given to Striders who stayed with this new group throughout the weeks of the course and during this race, namely Emma Goodwin, Simon Nixon, Terry Ward, Tom Roper and Hilary Humphreys.  Also, the rest of the Seaford Striders who, once their own race was finished, looped back to run with and encourage their newer team members – a demonstration of excellent sporting camaraderie from a running club noted for its welcoming nature.

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

You can read more about Debbie’s Couch to 5k journey by clicking here.