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)

Sign up now for the Mince Pie 10 mile

It may be one of the hottest summers on record, but registrations are already stacking up for the Seaford Striders’ Mince Pie 10 mile race on December 9, 2018.

With more than 100 registrations already received, runners are being encouraged to sign up early for the event, voted one of the UK’s top ten races by Runners World magazine.
The Mince Pie 10 is organised annually by the Seaford Striders to raise funds for local charities and the running club itself. The race is sponsored by long standing supporter David Jordan Estate Agents.

This year’s race will be run in support of Service by Emergency Rider Volunteers (SERV Sussex). SERV is run by volunteers, who provide a free night time and weekend service to NHS hospitals across Sussex transporting organs, blood products, patient notes and other urgent consignments between hospitals. The service eliminates costly transport bills, allowing hospitals to focus resources on patient care.
The undulating course – a mixture of four on-road and six off-road miles – takes in the beautiful countryside scenery around Telscombe and Saltdean. The race is open to runners of all abilities aged 17 plus, although the route is unsuitable for wheelchair users. With an entrant’s limit of just 600, the race is frequently a sell-out, so early registration is recommended.

Mince Pie race organiser, Terry Ward, said: “Many runners return year after year to take on the Mince Pie 10 mile challenge. It’s open to all runners of all abilities – whether you’re aiming for your fastest time, want a festive workout in a Santa suit, or are running as part of a team of elves. Last year’s event was sold out by October, so we’re advising runners to sign up early to avoid disappointment.”

The race starts and finishes at the Peacehaven Leisure Centre at 11am. Runners can sign up online at
Race photographers Sussex Sport Photography will be on hand to capture the action. The race will be marshaled by Seaford Striders with plentiful water stations along the route. All finishers will receive a medal, goody bag and a mince pie. There will also be spot prizes and a raffle.

Pre-and post-race massage will be available, along with sports clothing, footwear and equipment from sports specialists InterSport.

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.

Nick wins Blind Veterans 100k London to Brighton challenge


It was third time lucky for Seaford Strider Nick Farley – who took first place in this year’s Blind Veterans 100k London to Brighton walking challenge.

Nick completed the walk in 18 hours 20 minutes and 50 seconds over July 7 and 8. He has more than doubled his initial sponsorship target to raise more than £725 so far for the charity, which supports servicemen and women with life after sight loss.

Nick’s winning walk comes after two previous attempts at completing the challenge. On his first attempt he got as far as 72k, completing the full distance second time around. For this year’s 100k – his first solo attempt at the distance – he set himself the challenge of achieving a personal best (PB).

The route takes participants through Wandsworth, Coulsdon, Caterham across the M25, down through East Grinstead to Scaynes Hill then Plumpton before heading over to Falmer, passing the American Express Stadium, then up and over the Downs to the finish at Blind Vets centre in Ovingdean.

Walkers must pass through seven checkpoints during the 100k challenge, which also provide them with foods, fluids, medication and bags of encouragement. Nick was also able to watch England v Sweden live at Checkpoint 3.

Nick said: “Over the course of the route I met some amazing people, partially sighted Blind Veterans members and guides who were simply inspiring to say the least. This drove me further to achieve what I had set out to do in support of the cause.”

The charity is a cause close to Nick’s heart: “It was Blind Veterans UK, formally St Dunstan’s which brought my Great Grandfather Joe Dellow and family including my nan down to Brighton in November 1948 when he became a member.”

Nick stayed motivated to complete the distance by keeping a close eye on his timings and benchmarking them against his second successful completion of the race.

He added: “I maintained my fluid intake, ate when I felt I needed as the heat really took away the hunger and constantly topped up the factor 50 sun cream, all of which kept me moving at an average pace of approximately 14:41 per mile. I felt strong throughout and was making great progress from checkpoint to checkpoint. I looked after my feet with regular sock changes, powder and tape as the blisters appeared, quite early on actually.”

Nick knew he was on the home stretch as he approached Checkpoint 7, with his wife and friends on hand to give their support.

“I was overcome with emotion as I crossed the line to get home first overall with a PB time of 18:20:50, having realised what I’d achieved on the journey I had undertaken in that last final 1k.”

  • To support Nick’s fundraising challenge for Blind Veterans UK visit his Just Giving page at

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!”