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Membership Update

Club members have various options available at present, and the good news is that if you are currently renewing your membership or are joining as a new member then your membership will be automatically extended until 31st March 2022 (at no extra cost) in light of the current club training restrictions owing to the Covid – 19 situation. So that’s 21 months’ membership for the price of 12!

Basic club membership costs £20.00 per annum (just £10.00 for over 70s).

England Athletics’ registration is an additional £15.00 per annum. As a club runner, you can only represent your club in an open race if you have registered with EA and been allocated a unique reference number (URN) … otherwise you will show up in race results as an “unattached” runner.

So what are the advantages of EA membership? … you pay reduced entry for EA affiliated races; receive discounts from local sports retailers; see for further details.

As a club we are currently allocated several guaranteed Virgin London Marathon places per year, based on our level of membership. The more EA members we have within the club, the more places we would receive. The marathon draw which is held towards the end of each year is only open to EA members.

If you are interested in racing, then Hastings Runners stages 8 “club only” races a year including the Brenda Boyle Pier to Pier (Eastbourne to Hastings); Barry Richards 10kms; Rye to Hastings; and three 5kms races on Hastings seafront including the “celebrated” handicap race! All races are free to club members.

In addition, club members participate regularly at Hastings parkrun (the majority of run directors are in fact Hastings Runners) as well as organised trips to other parkruns during the spring/summer. The club has enjoyed considerable success in the East Sussex Sunday Cross Country League (this is held over the autumn/winter period); as well as in the Herstmonceux Castle Relays (held in August).

The club has a significant number of high calibre Masters runners, and has won medals at the prestigious British Masters National Road Running and Cross Country relays in recent years

Please email our club/membership secretary Andy Lee ( if you have any queries


The change to the usual format, with everyone running 2kms legs this time round, led to some tremendous performances. Star club junior Finlay Goodman recorded the fastest time with an explosivo 6.39, one of 4 runners to break the 7mins barrier; whilst another 14 runners ran 8.00 or quicker. A special mention also for junior Nathan Jondorf, whose excellent time of 7.14 was aided by an insanely rapido opening 3.03 km, which was the quickest km recorded!  So here’s your leg by leg commentary guide as the battle for the coveted “baston del plato” (silver relay baton) unfolded!

LEG 1:  First out of the blocks was Marauders’ capitan Matt Edmonds, who posted an excellent time of 6.49 on Sandrock playing fields having warmed up by walking 85kms the previous day from Dover to Hastings! However hot on his trail was Destroyers ‘ Dan Snellgrove who gave his Vaporflys a real caning on Bexhill seafront, with another tiempo rapido in 6.51. Excellent times too from Flyers’ Mark Goodman around Bodiam Castle in 7.06, and from Dynamos’ Jon Gardner on Hastings seafront in 7.18
Marauders 6.49; Destroyers + 2secs; Flyers + 17secs; Dynamos + 29secs

LEG 2:   Jamie Webb produced a very fast time of 7.08, also on the seafront, for the Marauders; but this was soon eclipsed by Patrick Healey whose estupendo 6.52 on the cycle path heading out to Bulverhythe took the Destroyers into the narrowest of leads. Even faster was junior Finlay Goodman with a ridiculamente rapido 6.39 for the Flyers; whilst the veterano elite Kevin Blowers clocked a very fast 7.34 for the Dynamos on Bexhill seafront. Even more impressive, as my sources tell me that he hurdled most of the bollards approaching the De La Warr pavilion and also made 2 bids on Ebay without breaking stride!
Destroyers 13.43; Flyers + 2secs; Marauders + 14secs; Dynamos + 1.09

LEG 3:   Another very consistent run by Destroyers’ Andrew Watson whose time of 7.27 extended his team’s lead over the Flyers, for whom Martin Turner turned in his best relay performance to date with 7.55 – also on Hastings seafront. Nick Brown had a full team of paramedicos in attendance, and had to work hard to clock 7.47 for the Marauders along the undulating lanes of Northiam. No such worries beset Dynamos’ junior Nathan Jondorf who blazed out a fantastico 3.03 opening km on Hastings seafront, before not surprisingly slowing a little to come home in a fine time of 7.14
Destroyers 21.20; Flyers + 28secs; Marauders + 34secs; Dynamos + 56secs

LEG 4:   Neil Jeffries kept the Destroyers in front with a well paced 7.41; whilst Paddy Devlin crept inside this time with 7.26 for the Dynamos (both on Hastings seafront). Richard Coates produced yet another fine run for the Flyers with 8.00; whilst another fantastic run by velocista escoces Susan Rae (also on Bexhill seafront) in 8.34 for the Marauders earned her a massive 86% age grading
Destroyers 28.51; Flyers + 47secs; Dynamos + 51secs; Marauders + 1.27

LEG 5:  Matt Smith maintained the Destroyers’ momentum with an excellent 7.59, doing a few vueltas of The Polegrove in Bexhill. He had spotted GB Paralympic wheelchair athlete David Weir whilst warming up, but quickly abandoned any notions of trying to keep up with him! Michael Norris, complete with pacing crew, also returned a fine time of 7.59 on Hastings seafront to keep the Dynamos in touch; whilst Glenn Read continued his recent improvement with 8.40 for the Marauders. Another amazing relay leg by junior Oliver Goodman, whose time of 7.57 on the trails near Bodiam Castle featured a leg cadence of around 220 por minuto!
Destroyers 36.50; Flyers + 45secs; Dynamos + 51secs; Marauders + 2.08

LEG 6:  A decisive seafront leg by Destroyers Berenice Consavela in 8.40 has really put the gato amongst las palomas, giving them a lead of nearly 2mins. A solid run by junior Romey Jondorf (also on the seafront) in 9.41 keeps the Dynamos in 2nd; whilst another improved run by Krista Barzee (complete with pacing crew along the seafront) in 10.36 keeps the Flyers in 3rd, just ahead of the Marauders for whom Jane Hughes ran an excellent time of 9.18 on Bexhill seafront
Destroyers 45.30: Dynamos + 1.52; Flyers + 2.41; Marauders + 2.46

LEG 7:  An improved time too along the seafront from Margaret Balch in 10.41 for the Flyers; whilst Leonora King was also on the upgrade for the Marauders with 10.17. Dynamos’ Ruth Spiller and Destroyers’ Ashley Ballard both clocked 9.56; so the Destroyers still hold a very healthy lead going into the ultimo leg
Destroyers 55.26; Dynamos + 1.52; Marauders + 3.07; Flyers + 3.26
LEG 8:  A much improved performance from recent Flyers’ debutant Krissy Ivanova with 12.08; whilst that evergreen Masters relay campeon Christine Sanderson ran an amazing 11.08 for the Marauders (both on Hastings seafront). Another runner to continue improving is Dynamos’ Susan Mann who produced her quickest 2kms time to date in 11.55. That just left Amanda Moore who coasted home, also in an improved time, with 11.15 to give the Destroyers a comfortable win. 

Many congrats to Dan’s Destroyers whose winning time was 1.06.41; followed in by Darren’s Dynamos 1.09.13; Matt’s Marauders 1.09.41; Finlay’s Flyers 1.11.00. So the Destroyers, Flyers & Marauders all have 2 wins apiece now.

Relay no.7 will run Wednesday to Sunday evening. We have several new runners who would like to join in, but we need another couple of runners to balance up the numbers. Please email   Best wishes, Nick Brown

Latest Update – Training/Covid-19

Dear Club Members

With the Government recently relaxing some of the rules around lockdown, the Committee want to update you on the current status of group training  and whether the Club is in a position to re-introduce any officially organised club runs or training sessions.

As of 1st June, you can exercise or play sport in groups of up to six people from other households, but should only do so where it is possible to maintain a two-metre gap from those you do not live with. However this is not a sufficient easing of restrictions to allow us to reinstate any official training sessions, and current guidance from UK Athletics is that any club-sanctioned group activity should not take place.

A group larger than 6 people broken into a number of smaller groups of 6 people, training together in the same place at the same time, would, for example, be against the new rules as the gathering exceeds 6 people.

However there is no reason why individuals shouldn’t make  their own arrangements to meet in groups of 6 to train together provided that they maintain the current two-metre distancing rule. We would just respectfully request that you don’t wear club vests or mention Hastings Runners when arranging training, to minimise the chances of any adverse publicity for our club in the current situation.

We will continue to keep the situation under review, taking into account any new rules and guidance from Government and England Athletics, with a view to re-instating Club sessions of some kind as soon as it is permitted and safe to do so.

In the meantime, keep safe and well.

Best wishes, Nick Brown (club chairman)

Jethro produces Top 5 finish in Eastbourne Half Marathon

Try as it might, the weather failed to put pay to another Club Championship race and the 2020 season got underway, 19 miles along the coast in nearby Eastbourne.

Combine the wind speed of over 20 mph and one of the toughest hills you’ll find and the Eastbourne Half Marathon provided a stern challenge for the 35 Hastings Runners that competed on Sunday. It didn’t stop as many as 6 Half Marathon PB’s.

The first of those was recorded by Jethro Atherall who smashed his previous best time by 7 minutes. He came home in 1 hour 21 minutes and 37 seconds, good enough for 5th place in a remarkable effort.

Above: Paul Lambert enjoying a day out at Fort Fun.

Dale Saxby also produced a PB of 1:25:53 and came 11th place overall. Dan Snellgrove (1:26:23) and Colin White (1:27:56) both finished inside the Top 20.

The first female Hastings Runner across the line was Debbie Humbles in 1:49:20. Sarah Bendle was less than a minute behind in 1:50:08, whilst Marie Crawford produced her Half Marathon PB and was the third female home in 2:04:49.

There were also PBs for Paul Lambert (1:34:13), Simon Weatherley (2:15:35) and Louise Cavill (2:19:09).

Also worthy of a mention is Darren Owen who completed the course dressed as Mr.Potato Head in a time of 2:08:41. An easy choice for “Photo of the Week”.

We had two representatives taking part in the London Vitality Big Half.  Jamie Webb produced a PB of 1:37:12 and Nathan Gooden finished in 1:42:32.

Above: Jamie Webb celebrating his PB in the Vitality Half and looking a tad scary in the process.

Jane Hughes, Ken Hughes, Julia James and Rick Burne all ran in the Cartagena 11km in Southern Spain. Jane and Julia finished 1st and 3rd in their age categories.

It was just another normal week for Marathon Queen Sarah Marzaioli who notched up marathon number 98 and 99 in the space of 4 days.  London next month will be her 100th, despite only taking up running in her 50s. Please, if you haven’t already done so, celebrate this amazing achievement by making a small donation to Sarah’s worthy charity, the RNLI. CLICK HERE TO DONATE. Thanks and well done Sarah!!


If I’ve missed you off the race report or you had a PB and would like a special mention, then drop me an email at

Simon Linklater

Hastings Runners brave tough weekend conditions

If there is one thing we love at Hastings Runners it’s a weekend storm!! This week it was the turn of Storm Ellen with gusts up to 50 mph in exposed parts of the region.

But once again our members put on a brave face, donned their green and black vests and did the club proud.

On Saturday morning Finlay made the long trip up to Nottingham (not on his own I should add) to run in the National Cross Country Championship at Wollaton Park. If you’ve not seen the videos on the HR Facebook group then I suggest checking them out. To suggest conditions were tough and the standard was high would be the biggest understatements of the year.


Despite competing against boys a year older, Finlay finished an excellent 11th place in a race with several hundred runners. He made up 10 places on the 2nd lap.

On Sunday, in equally challenging muddy conditions, we had 8 runners competing in the 8K Gunpowder Run in Battle. The results were as follows.

Ben Sallows 43:41, Jo Nevett 45:38, Andy Knight 49:39, Emma Stubbs 58:58, Linda Beddis 64:20, Jess Tanner 72:06, Allison Tanner 72:06, Mary Le Pla 73:24.

The wind played a big role in the Brighton Half Marathon, but remarkably 3 of our 6 runners came home with PB’s. Manami Cheves finished the race in 1:48:58. Susan Rae was close behind in 1:52:04, good enough for 3rd in her age category. I just about managed to keep my feet on the ground and get round in a PB of 1:57:25.

Also braving the testing conditions in Brighton were Stuart Woolford 1:57:00, Matthew Beaver 1:59:07 and Sarah Holmes 2:12:22.

Dan Snellgrove ran in the Wokingham Half Marathon, producing a stunning PB of 1 hour and 25 minutes.

For some of our runners, 13.1 miles isn’t nearly enough as Jacqueline Mannering, Pete Heasman and Elly Swaine were back out conquering the world by completing the Lenham Cross Winter Marathon. Wind, mud, hills. They can’t get enough. Their efforts making them a worthy winner of the photo of the week.

Danny Firth ran an excellent time of 41:06 in the Lostock 6 miler. That was good enough for 76th place in a field of 453 runners.

There was more success in Spain for Helen & Nick Brown. Helen scooped first place in the FV50 category in the El Campelio 5k, whilst Nick stood proudly at the summit of the podium by finishing 1st in the MV60 category. Just ahead of his new nemesis Andy Key.

As always, if I’ve missed a race or not given you a mention, drop me an email at and I’ll get you added.

Well done everyone. A fantastic effort this weekend in such challenge conditions (in the UK at least).

Simon Linklater – Communications Officer

Shaz grabs the honours in Tenterden 5 miler

No sooner had Ciara skipped her way out of town, had her slightly less aggressive cousin Dennis popped in for a weekend visit of his own.

But we Hastings Runners are made of strong stuff and not even howling winds and persistent downpours can prevent us from taking to the streets and putting in the miles.

It was a quiet weekend on the race front with several events falling foul to “The Menace”, including the eagerly awaited Bodiam X-Country.

We did have a few runners in action. The Tunbridge Wells Half Marathon went ahead after a one hour delay. The conditions were far from ideal. On a normal day, the brutal climb up Spring Hill is a tough enough challenge. Add in the gusty winds and ankle-deep waterlogged sections of the route and it was a real slog.

Emma Stubbs gave her ever-growing Instagram following something to smile about as she completed the course in 2 hours and 18 minutes. Jessica Cull was the only other Hastings Runners to brave the conditions and crossed the line in 2:08.

The Wadham’s were back in action on Sunday, this time taking on the Tenterden 5 miler, which also survived the weather. Likewise, Paul and Sharon both completed the course unscathed. Paul in 43 minutes and 11 seconds, Sharon in 44:55, good enough to scoop first prize in her age category. GO SHAZ!!!

If you took part in a race this weekend or any date in fact, get in touch and I’ll add the details to the website. Fingers crossed Ellen doesn’t come out to play just yet.

Ciari puts pay to season opener

An ill tempered Ciara put pay to the season opening Brenda Boyle Pier to Pier on Sunday. It meant it was a very quiet weekend on the racing front.

On Saturday morning the Goodman brothers proudly wore their black and white Hastings Runners tops in the Sussex Cross County Finals in Bexhill.

Oliver, racing well above his age in the Under 11s put in a fine performance to finish in the middle of the pack. Finlay continued his excellent recent form by winning the U13s race and will shortly be making an appearance in the National Finals.

Nick and Helen Brown competed in the Torre Pacheco 7km. Over 200 runners took part in temperatures of 18 degrees.

Helen finished 2nd in the FV45 category in a fantastic time of 36:54. Nick also made the podium, finishing 2nd in the MV55 in a very quick time of 30:01.

636 female runners took part in the North Beach parkrun in Durban at the weekend. Why is he telling us this?

Well in 3rd place out of those 636 runners was our very own Susan Rae.

If anyone takes part in a race that I miss, feel free to drop me an email and I will add you to the weekly reports.

Simon Linklater – Communications Officer

Pier to Pier Cancelled

Regretfully we have had to call off the Pier to Pier event. The weather warning has now increased to Amber and so would be perilous for runners and marshals alike. And there now seems no likelihood of any significant change. We will advise in due course what is decided on how this impacts on the championship.

Andy Lee Club Secretary

Edmonds continues his X-Country dominace

The weekend before last saw the latest instalment of the ESSXCL at Heathfield Park. Matt Edmonds continued his excellent form by adding win number 3 of the X-Country season in a fantastic time of 32 minutes and 10 seconds.

Darren Barzee came home in 11th place in 35:19, whilst Martin Noakes finished 22nd in 36:50.  Jane Coles was the first female Hastings Runner across the line in a time of 45:46. Jo Nevett 48:43 and Emily Allchurch 49:18 were 2nd and 3rd respectively.

In the junior race, there was yet more success for Finlay Goodman, who took 1st place.

It was certainly an eventful day with runners halted en route by a herd of deer crossing their path. Poor Bérénice was stranded as she plotted her safe route across the stream. In the end, she was left with no choice but to jump in and pull herself out the other side. That’s dedication folks.

This weekend we had 9 runners in action at Bedgebury. Simon Newstead was the first home in the 10 miler, completing the course in a fantastic time of 1 hour and 16 minutes.  Emily Allchurch (1:30), Adrian Barratt (1:34), Victoria Sims (1:36), Elly Swaine (1:38), Steven Slater (1:39) and Jennifer Milnes (1:43) also took part.

Victoria Harding (51:31) and Mary Le Pla (1:04:56) both completed the Bedgebury 5 Miler.

The Wadham’s were in action at the Nonsuch 10k with Paul recording an excellent time of 51:37 in his first race wearing club colours. Somewhat unimpressed by her husband leaving her behind, Sharon came home in 53:38.

Sarah Marzaioli clocked up Marathon number 97 at Ranscombe Farm Reserve as she closes in on the magical 100 club.

Pete Heasman, tired from his recent exploits, decided to take it easy this weekend and only ran the Southcoast 50. It actually turned out to be 52km, which Pete ambled round in a comfortable 6 hours 36 minutes.  Come on Pete, make an effort!

Meanwhile in South Africa Susan Rae ran the Hout Bay parkrun, a sandy trail run, in a time of 26:57, setting a new age category record and finishing as the 1st lady.