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225 runners turn out for first Seaford Beach parkrun

The inaugural Seaford Beach parkrun got off to a flying start with 225 runners taking on the 5k seafront course on Saturday March 2.

Seaford Striders were out in force, both as runners and marshals for the first edition of the event. The runners were sent on their way for the very first event by Seaford town mayor Linda Wallraven. Parkrun is a global initiative which organises free weekly 5k timed runs which are suitable for all abilities. Seaford Beach parkrun starts at Newhaven and Seaford Sailing Club and follows the Esplanade past the Martello Tower before returning to its start point. The runs, which take place at 9am on a Saturday morning, are organised entirely by volunteers.

Finishing the run first was Matthew King of Haywards Heath Harriers with his time of 17:33, followed by Rich McAleer of Lonely Goat RC (17:58) and Ed Plager in (18:04). The ladies were led home by Erica Martin of Brighton Phoenix in 20:24, Jeanette Kenneally of Brighton & Hove City AC in 22:01 and Lynsey Keeley in 22:07.

Seaford parkrun race director Joel Eaton said: “It was brilliant to see so many runners turn out the make the very first Seaford Beach parkrun a resounding success. Everyone enjoyed themselves, with many runners staying on after their 5k run for refreshments in the Sailing Club which made us most welcome. I’d also like to thank our enthusiastic team of volunteers for making our first event run so smoothly.”

“Thanks to generous donations from organisations and businesses such as Focus Group and Seaford Rotary, we achieved our goal of setting up a parkrun in Seaford. These generous donations will help boost the fitness of runners of all abilities from the town and beyond. No matter what your age and whether you are an experienced runner, or just want a gentle jog in friendly company, the weekly 5k timed runs can offer a real incentive to boost your fitness.”

Chris Pellatt, IT Support Director of Focus Group was one of the runners in the first Seaford Beach parkrun. The company donated £1,500 towards setting up Seaford Beach parkrun.

“Whether your involvement with the parkrun is of a running or voluntary capacity, the sense of community is one of the vital attractions to the event,” he said. “You could be running with a group of friends, meet new people with similar interests or be cheered on by someone you’ve never met. It goes without saying that exercise makes you feel amazing – after you’ve pushed through the tiredness – and encourages a healthier lifestyle. It is these two key combinations of a healthier lifestyle and sense of community that will get the residents of Seaford up nice and early on a Saturday morning.”

Seaford Beach parkrun has also been supported by Seaford Rotary, Seaford Town Council, Newberry Tully Estate Agents, The Moyleman Race, Fonetastic, Brighton Accommodation Agency, VR Flowers & Son, Gingerfit Personal Trainers and Kaizen PR Ltd, with more donations to follow.

Top 5 slots – and an inflatable T Rex – at Brighton Half Marathon

Bright sunshine and spring-like conditions greeted the 26 Seaford Striders taking part in The Grand Brighton Half Marathon.

In contrast to last year’s race, which was run in the chilling grip of the Beast from the East, this year’s 13.1 mile race was run in unseasonably warm temperatures.

The race, which was this year attended by 12,000 runners, starts on Madeira Drive before a short uphill run along the cliff tops to Ovingdean before turning back into Brighton at Mile 3. Runners then head off for a circuit of the Old Steine, before heading back onto the seafront.

Runners turn just before mile 10 for the final 3 mile stretch from Hove Lagoon back to Madeira Drive. The last couple of miles are made easier by the enthusiastic spectators who line the route, cheering, high fiving runners and waving motivational placards along the way.

Two Striders took top five places in the MV50 category, Simon Fletcher taking the top spot with his run of 01:20:06 and Dave Dunstall placed in 5th place in 01:24:16.44 The Striders were joined by an eyecatching addition to the team, with Alan Browne running the whole race dressed as an inflatable T-Rex in 02:20:08.

Striders completing the Brighton Half were:

Joe Plant (01:23:06), Simon Coppard (01:24:46), Josh Rudd (01:29:00), Nick Farley (01:29:27), Jamie Pearson (01:34:40), Jeff Young (01:36:53), Scott Hitchcock (01:42:17), Adam Cook (01:44:29), Anneka Redley (01:49:22), Adam Haverly (01:50:14), Chris Wilmot (01:56:47), Michael Pickering (02:15:15), Julie Taylor (02:15: 21), Trevor Jones (02:15:21), Steph Woodward (02:16:18), Helen Cox (02:24:44), Lauren Morgan (02:26:06), Stacey Jones (02:29:30), Sarah Simcock (02:29:31), Victoria Maleski 02:34:54), Wendy Woodford (02:33:42), Becky Souissi (02:36:54) and Lisa John (02:56:03).

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 https://www.nice-work.org.uk/races/the-mince-pie-10-mile.

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 (http://www.parkrun.org.uk/peacehaven/) for  9 am. Parkruns are free, weekly 5k timed runs at which everyone, fast or  slow, is welcome. Register beforehand at https://www.parkrun.org.uk/register/form/, 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 (tom.roper@gmail.com 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