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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.

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.

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 top the big 100 for Summer Solstice challenge


Striders set a new team record for turnout at the annual Summer Solstice 5k and 2.5k Runs with 102 seniors and juniors, swapping their usual Wednesday night training for the pacing challenge.

Watches and phones were left at home with each runner predicting their finish time before starting the seafront race. The three runners who ran nearest to their predicted time were  1st Sandra Standen (2 seconds out); 2nd Gareth Hutchinson (4 seconds) and 3rd Josh Nisbett (6 seconds). Full time and finisher results are available here .

After numbers were collected and times predicted by the runners, the race was started by a klaxon blast, courtesy of the race’s start and finish venue Newhaven & Seaford Sailing Club. The 102 runners, many in neon Striders tops, brought a wave of colour to the seafront as they ran through the sea mist. They received many shout outs from supporters along the 5k route.

The race was also one of the first events for the Striders’ newly graduated Couch to 5k group, with many group members taking part. Couch to 5k programme co-ordinator Hilary Humphreys said: “Congratulations to everyone who took part in Wednesday’s Summer Solstice 2.5k and 5k runs.  Also, many thanks on behalf of the club to Anneka and her merry band of helpers, without whom we wouldn’t have had a run.  Within the club there is, sadly, always a number who are prevented from running through injury and it was brilliant to see so many of them turning out to help showing true Striders spirit – thank you! There were a number of other Striders who simply elected to come along and encourage the Couch to 5k graduates – again,  a big thank you for your fabulous support!”

Seaford Striders Couch to 5k graduates run their first 5k race at Peacehaven parkrun

Seaford Striders’ latest Couch to 5k (C25k) group celebrated their ‘graduation’ on Saturday (June 16) by running their first parkrun at Peacehaven. The event was the culmination of nine weeks of training, taking the group from walking to a non-stop 5k run.

The 19-strong Couch to 5k group were joined on the parkrun by programme volunteers who helped with pacing, plus other runners from the club. The high turnout resulted in a new club record for participation in a parkrun. With 52 runners taking part, Seaford Striders made up a third of all the runners at Peacehaven parkrun. The sea of coloured t-shirts and mention from the race director at the start meant the group could not be missed.
A total of 48 runners completed the latest Couch to 5k programme. The group will now join Seaford Striders at their regular Wednesday night training sessions. Previous Couch to 5k graduates have progressed to running 10k and half marathons as well as competing in Sussex Grand Prix events to win points for the club. The Striders also welcome runners who don’t compete, but prefer to run with a friendly, sociable group.

Running the full 5k was a real achievement for Kim Rennie, who had tried running before but decided to join Couch to 5k for added motivation. Kim said: “One huge bonus for me is that now I want to run, rather than feel I should run. I feel more positive, focused and have more energy as a direct result of Couch to 5k. Another plus, as I love my food, running helps keep my weight in check!”

Kim was initially unsure whether she would last the duration of the course, but quickly found her fears were unfounded. “I really can’t believe how quickly the nine weeks passed by. I felt a real sense of achievement to be able to run 5k without stopping. I also felt a little sad as there is a real community feel amongst the runners. The experienced Striders were absolutely amazing – they were really encouraging and supportive. They were all so friendly and approachable that it will make it easy to keep going and join in on their Wednesday training days.”

Seaford Striders’ at Peacehaven parkrun (June 16) full results:
Dave Dunstall (19:05), Jeff Young (19:10), Josh Nisbett (19:19), Nick Farley (20:18), Joe Plant (20:48), Andy Farley (20:52), Emily Eaton (22:16), Adam Haverly (23:10), Anneka Redley (24:17), Kristy Sherry (24:20), Aaron Horney (25:08 – C25k), Graham Jones (25:12), Claire Townsend (25:16), Emily Tearle (25:32), Jazz Shiret (26:06), Emma Cooper (26:46), Emily Farley (27:10), Lindsay Tearle (27:13), Richard Honeyman (27:38), John Gillespie (28:48), Chris Wilmot (29:18 – C25k), Simon Nixon (29:18 – pacer), Paul Bowler (30:30 – C25k), Chloe Wilmot (30:50 – C25k), Julie Taylor (31:13), Lewis Woodward (32:39 – junior), Steph Woodward (32:40), Kaycia Jones (32:49 – junior), Stacey Jones (32:50), Ruth McConnochie (33:53), Chris le Beau (34:01), Sandra Standen (35:04), Tara Holmes-Ling (35:37 – C25k), Alice Lennie (35:41 – pacer), Debbie Plant (36:22 – pacer), Kerry Bunn (36:24 – C25k), Graham Little (36:27 – C25k), Denise Colvin (36:28 – C25k), Kim Rennie (36:29 – C25k), Hilary Humphreys (36:29 – pacer), Wendy Woodford (36:32 – C25k), Carol Gillespie (36:32 – C25k), Victoria Maleski (36:33 – pacer), Tom Roper (36:34 – pacer), Nicky Patching (37:15 – C25k), Sharon Plank (37:16 – C25k), Mary Murphy (37:38 – C25k), Michelle Varndell (37:40 – pacer), Fawzia Whittuck (39:19 – C25k), Alex Morris (40:39 – C25k), Rachel Lofthouse (41:08 – C25k), Claire Sayers (42:25 – C25k), Sue Wallis (42:26 – C25k).

Chairman Rob is pretty in pink at Peacehaven parkrun

Seaford Striders brought a little sparkle to Peacehaven parkrun on Saturday May 19. The event was a double celebration – as well as being the first birthday of the popular parkrun, it was also the morning of the Royal Wedding. Ten Striders competed, with many donning tiaras for the 5k run.

Chairman Rob Plant took his celebratory outfit a little further, running his 5k as a princess in 33:55. And thanks to Tony and his trusty camera, we’re able to share the moment…

Q: Rob, who or what persuaded you to dress up in that rather fetching costume?
A:  The costume thing started as a bit of banter on the Striders Car Share WhatsApp Group. Someone suggested I wear a dress and I stupidly replied “I’d do it in a tutu and tiara.” The rest is history.

Q: You’ve been chairman for nearly three months… was this sort of thing in the job description?
A: I’m delighted this sort of thing comes up. It proves we are a fun club – and being the Chairman is fun too!

Q: What are the three best things about being a Strider?

A: 1)Amazing support for all abilities of runner, 2) The camaraderie and amazing team spirit and 3) WE HAVE FUN!

Q: Did you really meet Paul Sinton-Hewitt, founder of parkrun, dressed like that?

A: I most definitely did meet the founder of Parkrun dressed as a princess. The look on his face was a picture.

Striders running:

Dave Dunstall 19:11 (3rdoverall), Joe Plant 23:27, Louisa Scola 25:09, Emily Eaton 25:58, Richard Honeyman 27:56, Michelle Varndell 31:08, Simon Homer 32:16, Debbie Plant 34:57, Alice Lennie 36:05.

Striders volunteering:

Hilary Humphreys, Victoria Maleski


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.

Seaford Striders ladies beat the heat to win team prize in the Haywards Heath 10 Mile

Seaford Striders ladies showed they were a force to be reckoned with at the Haywards Heath 10 Mile on May 6, winning the team prize for their race performance.

The Striders team of 18 runners included a strong field of 12 ladies. The course, which takes in some of the town’s parks and residential roads, forms part of the Mid Sussex Marathon Weekend.

The Haywards Heath 10 Mile started in the town’s main shopping street, South Road, before heading into Victoria Park for the first of two repeated loops of just under five miles. The route combined scorching road run stretches with the welcome shade of Ashenground and Bolnore Woods. Runners gained welcome relief from temperatures well above the mid 20s in Bolnore Village, where young spectators used water pistols, super soakers and even a garden hose to help cool them down.

Natasha Swan (01:22:30), Emily Eaton (1:23:44) and Anneka Redley (01:27:15) were awarded the team prize for the first three ladies home. The ladies also showed their strength in the individual categories – Natasha was first in the Female V40 category, Emily Tearle, who joined the club just two weeks ago, made a flying start in her debut race for the Striders, winning the Junior Female category in 01:29:16. Hilary Humphreys was first in the veteran female 65 category, finishing in 01:42:18.

Joe Plant ensured the Striders came home with the double in both Junior categories – he achieved first place in the Junior Male category, finishing in 01:16:17.

Josh Nisbett was the first Strider home in 01:11:07 (13th overall) – his PB performance at last month’s London Marathon leaving him well prepared for the sweltering temperatures. Josh competed in all three Mid Sussex Marathon events over the weekend and his combined marathon total – made up of his race time at Haywards Heath plus East Grinstead 10 mile result (01:17:06) and Burgess Hill 10K (00:45:08) – was 03:13:21.  He is also the winner of the Seaford Striders Jo-Jo Gunn Award for entering all three races.

Josh was followed by Nick Farley in 01:13:36 (28th overall). Andy Farley (01:23:49) finished just ahead of Couch to 5k graduate Adam Haverly in 01:23:51, who was running his first race over this distance.

Next for the Striders was Peter Weeks, who was second in the Male V65 category, finishing the race in 01:25:37 ahead of Kristiane Sherry in 01:28:04. Katherine Elton (1:38:04) was another new Strider running this distance for the first time. Amanda Feast completed the course in 01:42:21.

Lindsay Tearle, who joined just two weeks earlier along with daughter Emily, was also running her first race for the club, finishing in 01:46:48. Seaford Striders’ 2017 Couch to 5k graduates are continuing to push their distances even further – Debbie Plant finished in 01:58:10, Stacey Jones in 02:00:27 and Becky Souissi in 02:19:06.