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Mince Pie Sold Out !!

Entries to this years Mince Pie 10 have now reached the limit !!  Even though we increased the limit to 600 this year to accommodate the interest in this race it has once again sold out well before the race date.  Apologies if you missed the boat this year – better luck next time.

Mince Pie 10 Now Reached over 400 entries!

Entries for the Mince Pie 10 have now reached over 400 !  Less than 200 places left

This popular race has always sold out well before the event so get your entry in now !

The race starts and finishes at the Peacehaven Leisure Centre at 11am. Runners can sign up online at

A superb course, excellent marshalling, mince pies and goody bags for all contestants, spot prizes for best costumes, prizes for first three male and female runners, and a newly designed seasonal medal all go to make this one of the premier races in Sussex, so make sure you enter now to avoid disappointment !





The Mince Pie 10 is now full,  and unfortunately no further entries can be accepted.  We’re very sorry if you haven’t managed to register in time,   hope you will try again next year.

Couch to 5K – Series 2 !

Our autumn Couch to 5k group is two-thirds of the way through the nine-week programme, as I write, and will tackle the last work-out on Wednesday 8th November, 30 minutes of non-stop running.

On the Saturday afterwards, we’ll all go to Peacehaven parkrun ( for  9 am. Parkruns are free, weekly 5k timed runs at which everyone, fast or  slow, is welcome. Register beforehand at, print off your barcode, and remember to bring it with you on the day.

We’ve been so impressed by the progress that everyone in the Couch to 5k group has made. Thanks for coming and for sticking with it. Thanks too to everyone in the club who has helped lead the groups, especially Simon who’s led the fast group, and to Joe from Gingerfit.

If you have any ideas for ways to improve the way we organise Couch to 5k, please let me know ( or catch me on a Wednesday). This is the second time we’ve run Couch to 5k, I hope we’ll do it again, and I’m sure there’s lessons we can learn.


Tom Roper

Couch to 5k group builds momentum

By Tom Roper

Striders line up for a 5k race along the seafront

At the time of writing, the Couch to 5k group has met six times, and we’ve never had fewer than twenty participants! We’ve attracted a wide range of people, from those returning to running after time off, to people who have never run or seriously exercised before. It has been inspiring to watch their progress, as each week they have tackled a different challenge.

This influx of new members has also been very healthy for the whole club. At the end of the programme, we will join other Striders at Preston Park Parkrun on 13th May – click here. We can also expect many members to participate in our annual 5K Solstice run along Seaford seafront on Wednesday 21 June.

We hope that many of you will graduate to join more challenging groups of runners on a Monday and/or Wednesday evenings, but we also plan to continue to offer an easy-paced, short-ish (3-4 mile) Wednesday night run, for a steady progression to 10K.

Thanks are due to Hilary Humphreys, Terry Ward, Emma Goodman and Simon Nixon who have helped lead the groups.

We will probably repeat the exercise later in the year: it is clear there is a demand. So tell your family and friends who are interested in starting running to get in touch. Also if any other Striders would like to help lead, please contact Tom (tom[dot]roper[at]gmail[dot]com – this does not need to be on a permanent basis, and it could work when recovering from injury?