Chairman Rob is pretty in pink at Peacehaven parkrun

Seaford Striders brought a little sparkle to Peacehaven parkrun on Saturday May 19. The event was a double celebration – as well as being the first birthday of the popular parkrun, it was also the morning of the Royal Wedding. Ten Striders competed, with many donning tiaras for the 5k run.

Chairman Rob Plant took his celebratory outfit a little further, running his 5k as a princess in 33:55. And thanks to Tony and his trusty camera, we’re able to share the moment…

Q: Rob, who or what persuaded you to dress up in that rather fetching costume?
A:  The costume thing started as a bit of banter on the Striders Car Share WhatsApp Group. Someone suggested I wear a dress and I stupidly replied “I’d do it in a tutu and tiara.” The rest is history.

Q: You’ve been chairman for nearly three months… was this sort of thing in the job description?
A: I’m delighted this sort of thing comes up. It proves we are a fun club – and being the Chairman is fun too!

Q: What are the three best things about being a Strider?

A: 1)Amazing support for all abilities of runner, 2) The camaraderie and amazing team spirit and 3) WE HAVE FUN!

Q: Did you really meet Paul Sinton-Hewitt, founder of parkrun, dressed like that?

A: I most definitely did meet the founder of Parkrun dressed as a princess. The look on his face was a picture.

Striders running:

Dave Dunstall 19:11 (3rdoverall), Joe Plant 23:27, Louisa Scola 25:09, Emily Eaton 25:58, Richard Honeyman 27:56, Michelle Varndell 31:08, Simon Homer 32:16, Debbie Plant 34:57, Alice Lennie 36:05.

Striders volunteering:

Hilary Humphreys, Victoria Maleski


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 ladies beat the heat to win team prize in the Haywards Heath 10 Mile

Seaford Striders ladies showed they were a force to be reckoned with at the Haywards Heath 10 Mile on May 6, winning the team prize for their race performance.

The Striders team of 18 runners included a strong field of 12 ladies. The course, which takes in some of the town’s parks and residential roads, forms part of the Mid Sussex Marathon Weekend.

The Haywards Heath 10 Mile started in the town’s main shopping street, South Road, before heading into Victoria Park for the first of two repeated loops of just under five miles. The route combined scorching road run stretches with the welcome shade of Ashenground and Bolnore Woods. Runners gained welcome relief from temperatures well above the mid 20s in Bolnore Village, where young spectators used water pistols, super soakers and even a garden hose to help cool them down.

Natasha Swan (01:22:30), Emily Eaton (1:23:44) and Anneka Redley (01:27:15) were awarded the team prize for the first three ladies home. The ladies also showed their strength in the individual categories – Natasha was first in the Female V40 category, Emily Tearle, who joined the club just two weeks ago, made a flying start in her debut race for the Striders, winning the Junior Female category in 01:29:16. Hilary Humphreys was first in the veteran female 65 category, finishing in 01:42:18.

Joe Plant ensured the Striders came home with the double in both Junior categories – he achieved first place in the Junior Male category, finishing in 01:16:17.

Josh Nisbett was the first Strider home in 01:11:07 (13th overall) – his PB performance at last month’s London Marathon leaving him well prepared for the sweltering temperatures. Josh competed in all three Mid Sussex Marathon events over the weekend and his combined marathon total – made up of his race time at Haywards Heath plus East Grinstead 10 mile result (01:17:06) and Burgess Hill 10K (00:45:08) – was 03:13:21.  He is also the winner of the Seaford Striders Jo-Jo Gunn Award for entering all three races.

Josh was followed by Nick Farley in 01:13:36 (28th overall). Andy Farley (01:23:49) finished just ahead of Couch to 5k graduate Adam Haverly in 01:23:51, who was running his first race over this distance.

Next for the Striders was Peter Weeks, who was second in the Male V65 category, finishing the race in 01:25:37 ahead of Kristiane Sherry in 01:28:04. Katherine Elton (1:38:04) was another new Strider running this distance for the first time. Amanda Feast completed the course in 01:42:21.

Lindsay Tearle, who joined just two weeks earlier along with daughter Emily, was also running her first race for the club, finishing in 01:46:48. Seaford Striders’ 2017 Couch to 5k graduates are continuing to push their distances even further – Debbie Plant finished in 01:58:10, Stacey Jones in 02:00:27 and Becky Souissi in 02:19:06.

Josh keeps his cool to beat London Marathon target time


It may have been the hottest London Marathon on record, but Strider Josh Nisbett managed to hold his cool and beat his target time of 3 hours 30 minutes.

Despite the mercury rising to an unseasonably warm temperature of 23 degrees, Josh also managed to smash his previous personal best by more than 51 minutes.

Having slightly overachieved on his splits in the first three miles of the race, Josh settled into a steady, consistent pace from mile five to mile 19. By mile 20, he had speeded up by a minute each mile.

Josh had followed the race director’s advice to ‘sip and tip’ water throughout the duration of the race and use the showers provided. He had also seen a number of runners collapse on the 26.2 mile route due to the effects of the heat, making him even more aware of the warm conditions.

He said: “From 22 miles onwards, I started to feel the heat – it was the hottest marathon on record at 23°C. No amount of water being taken on, poured over my head or shaded tunnels seemed to cool me down, and my pace inevitably slowed. This was frustrating as aerobically I felt fine, I was just overheating.”

Josh doubled down and focused on running his own race in his bid to beat his target time: “I knew my first half was strong coming in under target at 1:42, so I had a little buffer to play with. Running the last mile past Big Ben and Buckingham Palace I took in the sights, atmosphere and the amazing support from the crowds. Sure enough, my earlier pace was enough to see me beat my target time of under 3 hours 30 minutes, coming in 3 hours 28 minutes and 54 seconds. All in all, I knocked 51 minutes and 15 seconds off my PB, which in those conditions I was very happy about.”

Phil Carr also completed the London Marathon in 3:38:31.


Stellar performances and enthusiastic spectator support at Brighton Marathon Weekend


The Brighton Marathon Weekend once again proved a popular draw for Seaford Striders with 16 club members joining nearly 18,000 runners for the Brighton Marathon and BM10k.

Striders also joined the 150,000-strong crowd of spectators in near perfect spring weather conditions to cheer on their team mates, giving them plenty of encouragement and support on their way to the finish line.

In the Marathon, Josh Rudd attacked the distance in his usual style, beating his 2017 time by nearly two minutes in 2:55:48, finishing the race in 74th place. Dave Dunstall came in next in 3:15:28. He was followed by Phil Robinson in 03:51:27 with Ben Shorer close behind at 03:51:59, knocking a massive 1hr 14 minutes off his previous personal best (PB) time.

Next, it was the turn of the ladies with Emily Eaton crossing the line in 4:03:02, closely followed by Anneka Redley in 04:04:25 and Amanda Feast in 04:37:20. Richard Honeyman completed the race for the Striders in 04:38:15.

Striders running in the BM10k returned home with a clutch of personal bests. Nick Farley came home first with a PB of 40:40, followed by Ben Barnett in 43:15. Jazz Shiret completed the race in 55:00, followed by Abigail Grundy with a PB of 56:21 and closely followed by Michael Pickering in 56:49. Michelle Varndell, held back by a calf injury, was pleased to finish the race in 58:17, she was followed by Debbie Plant in 59:57 and Becky Souissi with a PB of 01:05:35.

Striders also demonstrated their team spirit from the sidelines. Those competing were cheered on with enthusiastic shout outs from Ju Taylor and Trev Jones as they reached Ovingdean, with Victoria Maleski helping marshal nearby at Blind Veterans UK. Andy Farley and Tom Roper took on race support roles at a water station and within the medical centre.




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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