Mince Pie 10 entries now open !

Entries for the popular Mince Pie 10 race are now open !

The Seaford Striders annual Mince Pie 10 Mile run is now open for 2019 entries.  This will take place on on the 8th December 2019, welcoming in the festive season  with a new course record to beat !

The popular run – voted one of the UK’s top ten races by Runner’s World Magazine – has consistently sold out every year, so if want to be assured of your place, sign up now.  On line entries are available via Nice Work, click here for on line entry.

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).

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.

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 !