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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)

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 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.

Seaford Striders SGP update!

The latest results for the Sussex Grand Prix league are now available!

With just four races to go, the Seaford Striders men are sitting third in the team standings – a great performance. Simon Fletcher is currently ranked second overall in the county league, with Luke Borland fourth – the full standings can be found here.

Club standings below – click on the image for the full-size table:

The women’s team is also running well, currently in 11th place, with Anna Norman 28th overall and Hilary Humphreys ranked 54th. Again, the standings are here.

Club standings below, click for full size:

The Sussex Grand Prix is a series of races held throughout the year with points awarded based on finishing positions. To be eligible for final placings, runners must complete a minimum of 8 races over the year.

There are four races left in 2017: Barns Green Half Marathon (24 Sept), Lewes Downland 10 Mile (1 Oct), Hove Prom 10k (29 Oct), and Crowborough 10k (3 Dec). Do sign up and take part!

Striders fly at Horsham and Rye


By Hilary Humphrey

Simon Fletcher leads the Horsham 10k start

Seaford Striders’ latest participation in the Sussex Grand Prix have seen them travel across the border into West Sussex for the Horsham 10K on 20 May and almost as far as the Kent border for the Rye 10 miler on 28 May.

Starting at Horsham Rugby Club, the 10k route takes in a circuit of the hallowed turf followed by two laps of a route on road, lane and bridleway.  This meant the pleasure of the energy sapping hill back to the Club could be savoured twice and it certainly proved testing the second time around, although the excellent spectator support on the hill made it worthwhile.

First of eight Striders present and in full flight at Horsham was Simon Fletcher, who crossed the line in 6th position, in a time of 37:29, ensuring that he won his age category.  He was followed by the ever-reliable Ed Tuckley in a time of 39:02 and Luke Borland in 40:33.

There was strength in the middle order with Josh Nisbett 42:35; Ben Shorer, 45:30 and Peter Weeks 49:00.  The honour of first female Strider to cross the line went to Kristiane Sherry in a excellent time of 51:48 with notable times also being recorded by Anna Norman in 52:20 and Claire Keith in 54:48.

One week later it was time for another challenge, in the form of a 10-mile road race, the only one of its length in Sussex; covering the quiet twisting country lanes, which undulate through stunning countryside outside Rye.  After completing the looped section of the course and pushing through all those climbs, with barely any flat to recover and get back into a comfy stride; the runners headed back, with a nice downhill stretch that they had climbed at the start, to be welcomed by all the spectators at the finish line.

The first strider home was once again the unstoppable Simon Fletcher coming in 4th in an outstanding time of 01:02:45, ensuring yet another first in his age category.  Another excellent performance by Gareth Hutchinson saw him finish 11th in 01:05:26, with Josh Rudd finishing off his usually fast pace, to finish in what for him will be a disappointing 01:29:09.

Racing and raising funds at the Hastings 5


Seven on of the 12 Striders who took on the Hastings 5

By Hilary Humphreys

Over 500 runners gathered for the 12th anniversary of the Hastings Runners 5 Mile Keith Chandler on 7 May, named after a well-loved Hastings runner who lost his battle with cancer in 2005 and where fittingly, proceeds are donated to St. Michael’s Hospice.

The race is a flat, fast course, starting and finishing in front of the Town Hall, incorporating most of the Hastings and St. Leonards sea front and is completely traffic free.  On the face of it, such a straightforward out-and-back route would appear run of the mill, but with or without the sun the Hastings spectators are always generous with their support, giving the race an authentic seaside atmosphere.

Being a shorter distance than most of the Grand Prix races, there is a temptation to go out quickly and attempt to maintain that pace. As a result, runners are often out looking for a PB (personal best) and the Striders did not disappoint.

The fast and flat course saw Josh Guilmant (Brighton Phoenix) win in a time of 26.10; with Arena 80AC taking the honours for the first female in the form of Maisie Stafford in 30:16.

Headline grabbers for the Striders, with PBs all round, were Joel Eaton, who made it look easy in a time of 28:43, and Simon Fletcher in an equally imposing 29:18, impressive coming on the back of London.  Completing the trio of front-runners was Ed Tuckley in another notable time of 30:36.

Next and leading a second Striders group, came Luke Borland, who’s in a rich vein of form and achieved another PB in 31:14. He was followed by close friends Dave Freeman and Ben Shorer, both recent additions to the club, who are both improving on a daily basis and constantly vying to be ahead of the other.  On this occasion, Dave took the honour, finishing in an impressive 34:50 with Ben close on his heels in 35:32.

Next it was the turn of the women, with Emily Eaton coming home in 35:42 and Anna Norman in 39:04, another PD time. Peter Weeks finished hard on Anna’s heels in 39:19.  Then it was the turn of Sue Garner to cross the line, first in her age group with 40:37, doubly impressive following on from the London Marathon.

Finishing off the interest as far as the Striders were concerned were Hilary Humphreys in a PB time of 41:11 and Emma Goodwin, who was racing for the first time over this distance and managed a fantastic sprint finish overtake to come home in 45:51.

Congrats to all!

Bumper turnout for the Haywards Heath 10

Joel and Gareth lead the Striders out

By Hilary Humphreys

With the running season now in full swing, members of Seaford Striders have once again been taking part in local races and setting personal bests (PBs).  Thirteen Seaford Striders travelled to Haywards Heath on Sunday to run a 10-mile race in what was unseasonal Bank Holiday weather, being mild and sunny and with near ideal race conditions, PBs were on the cards and were certainly achieved.

The race started on the High Street with runners going through the park before heading off on a two-loop route using the roads, paths, trails and footpaths in and around Haywards Heath.  Much of the route is off-road and mainly traffic free, with the participants returning to Victoria Park for the finish.

A fairly new runner with Striders, Joel Eaton took the honour of being the first Strider over the line in a time of 1:04.10.  It was still a case of ‘if only’ because although an extremely good time, it was slower than Joel had hoped for as sadly he and a number of other runners missed a crucial sign and had to retrace their steps before continuing the race.

Joel was eventually followed across the line by the ever-dependable Gareth Hutchinson, in 1:04:34.  Another new Strider, Ed Tuckley was hard on their heels, making it home in an impressive PB time of 1:07:52, with an ever-improving Luke Borland not far behind, finishing in another PB time of 1:08:27.

Ben Shorer showed the benefit of his club training sessions finishing in 1:17:09, directly in front of the first female Strider, Emily Eaton who came home in a cracking time of 1:17:10.  Another new face to Striders, Dave Freeman made his inaugural run for the club in a very promising 1:20:27.

Solid performances followed from Neil Harrison, 1:23:23; Anna Norman, 1:26:55; Kristiane Sherry, 1:30:18; Hilary Humphreys 1:31:49; Claire Keith, 1:34:58, and Emma Goodwin, 1:43:09.

Congrats to all who took part!

The Haywards Heath 10 was both a Sussex Grand Prix and Club Grand Prix race. Click here for the current Club standings.