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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!!

CLICK HERE FOR EASTBOURNE HALF MARATHON RESULTS

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@runnur.co.uk.

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 simon@runnur.co.uk 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.

Hastings Runners Awards Night 2020

For 364 days of the year, we dress in ridiculously bright colours, keep our hair covered or tied back, cake ourselves in mud, sweat profusely and get snapped as we approach the finish line looking like death.

But each January, the Awards Night rolls around. We dress up in our finest outfits, showcase our latest hairdos and apply our finest fragrances.

Boy did we smash it.

We looked amazing right?

Andy Knight did a fantastic job presenting the ceremony. Andy Lee, Nick Webb and Susan Mann were handing out the awards and our very own DJ Jules kept the part going into the early hours. Lee Wright was on hand with his trusted camera. Not to snap us looking windswept and in pain, but looking gorgeous and strutting our moves on the dance floor.

71 runners competed in the 8 Club Championship races needed to scoop up a trophy. In the Male First Past the Post (FPTP) category the top prize was shared between Darren Barzee and Colin White, with Graeme Grass in 3rd position. Debbie Humbles took 1st prize in the Female FPTP competition with Jane Coles in 2nd and Claire Thomas in 3rd.

There were also FPTP age category wins for Paul Burchett, Kieran Price, Kevin Blowers, Andy Lee, Terry Kitson, Rob Dennis, Emma Stubbs, Nina Lambrou, Annette Fry, Susan Rae, Julia James, Irene Kitson, Sarah Marzaioli and Christine Sanderson.

The Target Time Championship was won by some fella called Simon Linklater. I’m trying my best not to mention him. Susan Rae was in 2nd place, with Darren Barzee 3rd.

Christine Sanderson won the Best Age Grade Trophy with an amazing score of 87.67%. 

The coaches voted for 8 senior Merit Awards and Andy Knight did a short explanation of what these runners had achieved over the course of the last 12 months. They were deservedly won by Manami Cheves, Jane Coles, Matt Edmonds, Paul Burchett, Nina Lambrou, Marie Crawford, Berenice Consavela and Elly Swaine.

The Achiever Awards which are given to the male and female who received the most votes were won by Susan Rae and Simon Linklater.

The Grijsloke Trophy was awarded to long-serving member Paul Cabban. Yockie Richardson landed the Cross Country Award, whilst the Bill Bailey Trophy, arguably the biggest of the lot, as Kim pointed out (in size only I should add), was won by Mr Callow himself.

For a second year running the members voted for Terry Kitson as the Coach of the Year. A worthy winner I’m sure we will all agree. The Wilf Gaye Memorial Trophy which is again voted for by the members for the runner they feel has battled bravely and overcome hurdles during the past 12 months was won by Louise Coates.

We won’t mention who won the Endeavour Trophy, an award originally introduced by club legend Peter Cocker, who was in attendance. Former Chairman Tim Jury received a standing ovation as he received the Founders Trophy for his services and commitment to the club.

To be honest we should be congratulating everyone who is part of Hastings Runners for making it such a friendly club to be part of. Now it’s time to put the outfits back in the wardrobe for another year, get the running slacks out and start running again.

Finlay braves injury to land Kent Championship

11-year-old Finlay Goodman continued his excellent progress by winning the Year 7 Kent Schools Championship. The 3km race was held at the Royal Military School in Dover.

Finlay’s win was made even more remarkable by a nasty accident on the start line where his foot was spiked. He went on to win the race and then attend the hospital afterwards to get the injured treated.

In warmer climates our Chairman Nick Brown won the MV60 category in the El Palmar 5km, completing the hilly course in an excellent time of 20:35. Helen Brown was 2nd in the FV50 category in 24:56.

Sarah Marzaioli completed her 96th Marathon at  the Doughnut Dash at Walton on Thames. Sarah has targeted London as her 100th Marathon and is currently raising money for the RNLI. If you can spare a few pounds towards this great cause and amazing achievement that would be very kind.

https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/SARAHMARZ100

On Sunday 5 members completed their England Athletics Run Leadership courses. Darren Barzee, Nadia Winborn, Neil Jeffries, Anthony Gardner and Simon Linklater will all be on the coaching rota in the following months.

2020 Improvers Awards for Club Races

In a bid to increase participation in the club races, as well as rewarding improving runners for their efforts, the club is introducing 9 new Improvers Awards for 2020.

There will be improvers awards for the following races:

Category 1: Long Distance

Brenda Boyle Pier to Pier
Rye to Hastings
Hastings Half Marathon

Category 2: 10K

Barry Richards 10k
Alan Corke 10K
Battle 10K

Category 3: Short Distance

Hastings 5 Miler
Spring 5K
Winter 5K

The winner of each award will be the runner that improves on their target time by the biggest margin. The awards will be presented to runners at the following “Club Only” race.

This idea was voted on in the January club meeting and it was agreed that the winners would receive a Shield with their name engraved to keep for 12 months.

One of the purposes of this new idea is to give more runners a chance of winning a prize in the club races. With that in mind, it has been agreed that a runner can only receive one award from each of the 3 categories, therefore ensuring a variety of winners across the 9 races.

2020 target times will be released before the Brenda Boyle Pier to Pier on the 9th of February.