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Hastings Runners 5 Mile Road Race

Celebrating 15 Years
Hastings Runners 5 Mile Road Race
Sunday May 17th 2020 at 10:30am
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Dear Runner

This year we will be celebrating the 15th annual Hastings Runners 5 Mile, Keith Chandler Memorial Race. The following is important information regarding the race but do not hesitate to contact us if you still have any questions or concerns. We do wish to provide you with the best race experience possible on the day.

1) Race Entry

The race can be entered on-line at Entry forms can also be downloaded from the Hastings Runners web site and sent by post to: Race Secretary, 56 Birch Way, Hastings, East Sussex, TN34 2JY.

Hastings Runners 2020 Entry Form

2) The Course

The race is a flat, fast course, starting and finishing in front of the Town Hall, incorporating most of the Hastings and St. Leonards sea-front and is completely traffic free, with the exception of two initial road closures near the start of the race. Cycle lanes do adjoin the course and runners are advised to consider the safety of cyclists and pedestrians as well as themselves, although there will be marshals along the route to assist your safe passage. Because the seafront is shared with cyclists and pedestrians, in the interest of safety, running with headphones will not be allowed in accordance with UKA rules. Runners ignoring this rule may be disqualified from the results. Once on the sea-front, keep to the left, as at some point there will be runners returning towards you. There is one water station approximately two miles into the race and also at the finish.

3) Chip Timing provided by Nice Work

Chip timing has been incorporated into the event and your timing chip will be attached to the back of your running number. Running numbers must be worn on the front of your running vest or shirt and not on the back.

4) Medical Assistance

If you feel unwell and require medical help, or if you wish to withdraw from the race, inform a marshal. There will be one St. John Ambulance available to assist if necessary. It is recommended that you fill out the medical information on the back of your running number.

5) Race HQ and Baggage Area

The race HQ, a baggage area, and late entries desk are situated in the Town Hall. There will be limited changing facilities available, therefore it is recommended that you arrive dressed to run.

6) Parking

Parking in the area is available all day in the Priory Meadow Car Park and Priory Street Car Park for £1. Limited street parking may be available, but be aware of meter charges if applicable.

7) Award Ceremony

Race trophies will be presented outside (inside if rain) the Priory Meadow Shopping Centre at approximately 12pm for winners in the following categories.

1st, 2nd, 3rd Male and Female
1st Under 17 Male and Female (age15-16)
1st in each vet category 1 to 9 Male and 1 to 8 Female (Veteran categories commence at age 40)
1st Team (Male and Female-3 to score)
Cash Prizes For 1st, 2nd, 3rd Overall (M & F)
Cash Bonus for setting a new course record (M & F) (currently M-24:00, F-28:50)
Special bespoke medal for all finishers.

All net proceeds from race will be donated to St. Michael’s Hospice. Reg Charity No: 288462.

A few friendly reminders……

1. IMPORTANT: Race numbers WILL NOT be posted but need to be . collected on race day at race HQ. Please arrive early enough on race day to collect.
2. Closing date for postal entries is Friday, 8th May.
3. Please follow marshals and race officials instructions at all times.
4. But most importantly, have a great race and have fun!

Race Director,
Michael Hall
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Race Secretary,
Vic Froehlke E mail:

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

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.

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.

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.

Flying Finlay lands U13 Sussex X-Country Title

Finlay Goodman continued his excellent progress by landing another prestigious title over the weekend. Following on from his success in the Under 11 race a year ago, Finlay added the U13 Sussex X-Country title to his increasingly crowded trophy cabinet.

Proud father Mark Goodman said, “Finlay ran an intelligent race and attacked at the start of the 2nd lap up the drag and then opened up a gap to the others to give him a decent gap at the end”.

Mark himself took part in the senior race, producing a fine performance of his own to break the Top 50 in a time of 42.31. Martin Noakes (45.19), Piers Brunning (57.23) and David Bratby (61.23) were also representing the club.

Whilst many of you were still in bed or knocking back the paracetamol, 7 more sensible members of our club were up bright and early on New Years Day to compete in the Lamberhurst 10K. Simon Newstead produced a fantastic time of 41 minutes and 53 seconds to narrowly miss out on a top 20 finish.

Danny Firth who is on his way back from a prolonged injury layoff smashed the 45 minutes barrier in 44:59. Did I say “smashed”? Simon Deeprose (51:54), Adrian Barratt (51:36), Sharon Wadham (58:48), Paul Wadham (59:38), Sarah Holmes (1:02:16) and Allison Tanner (1:03:53) all got their 2020 off to the perfect start. Shame on the rest of you!!!

Just prior to the New Year Ben Sallows (1:24:29), Stuart Woolford (1:32:19), Darren Pearson (1:35:10) and Sue Wilkinson (1:37:35) all completed the Staplehurst 10 miler.

Further afield, in the warmer climates of San Fulgencio, Nick Brown landed another podium finish in the Race to Kings 5km, crossing the line in 3rd place in the MV55 category.  Helen Brown narrowly missed out on a trophy, finishing 4th in the FV45  age category.

The weekly update wouldn’t be complete without a PB mention for Susan Rae. She set a new course record at Hastings parkrun in the FV60 age bracket on the 4th January. On the same day Matt Edmonds backflipped his way to another parkrun success.

If anyone took part in a race over the previous 7 days then please let me know and I will add you to the report.

Thanks for reading. Simon Linklater. Communications Officer.

Christmas Pudding Dash Race Report

Cold. Wet. Caked in mud. Some even bloodied from falls. Yet bizarrely, still smiling whilst comparing tales of who trod in the deepest puddle or who had the most comical tumble.

The 55 that took on and completed the Christmas Pudding Dash on Saturday morning, did so in great festive spirits. Battling the muddy slippery slopes, the 2 foot deep puddles, the fallen branches and the water-logged fields. All whilst dressed in their finest Christmas attire and boy were some crackers on display.

First to slide his way over the finish line was Patrick Bermingham in a superb time of 36 minutes. Graeme Grass, who rocked up fresh-faced from not only Hastings parkrun but the Xmas Drinks the night before, was 2nd home in 36:41. Rumour has it he spent the afternoon napping on the sofa.

Michael Hamer (37:19) and Danny Firth (37:43) made up the top 4. They were closely followed by our first female finisher, Jane Coles in a fantastic time of 38:09. Emily Allchurch (42:35) came 2nd, whilst Berenice Consavela (49:16) and Sue Palmer were joint third, with identical chip times.

There was success in the age category prizes too. Bob Dennis took the honours in the Male Vet 70 (I still can’t believe he’s that old) in 46:42. Christine Sanderson won the Female Vet 75 in 56:34. Our resident baker, Yockie Richardson, claimed first place in the Female Vet 70 in 58:52.

Thank you to the club members who were part of the race organisation. Steph Miller, Tim Jury, Andy Bashford, Lee Miller, Gary Lancaster and Corrina Skinner were all on hand to offer their encouragement. Thank you to the supporters that came along to cheer on their loved ones and no doubt question our sanity.

The Christmas Pudding Dash wraps up an amazing 2019 Club Championship. Places are still available at the Social Awards night which is due to take place on the 24th of January 2020. This really is an amazing event and not to be missed. Especially if you’ve yet to witness the incredible dance moves of our new Secretary Andy Lee.

Click here for the full results from the Pudding Dash.

Simon Linklater – Communications Officer

Christmas Pudding Dash (21-12-2019)

Hastings Runners results from the 2019 Christmas Pudding Dash. Well done to everyone who took part in difficult muddy conditions. Please notify Simon Linklater if you took part but are missing from the results below.

Patrick BerminghamSenior Male00:36:00
Graeme GrassMale Vet 5000:36:41
Michael HamerSenior Male00:37:19
Danny FirthSenior Male00:37:43
Jane ColesFemale Vet 5500:38:09
Tom MannSenior Male00:39:08
Roland BainesMale Vet 6500:41:54
Emily AllchurchFemale Vet 4500:42:35
Richard CrossMale Vet 5500:44:01
Piers BrunningMale Vet 5500:44:05
David BratbyMale Vet 6000:45:16
Peter NoakesMale Vet 5500:45:44
Robert DennisMale Vet 7000:46:42
Simon LinklaterMale Vet 4000:47:28
Keith GoodsellMale Vet 5500:48:18
Kevin BlowersMale Vet 5500:48:25
Sue PalmerFemale Vet 5500:49:16
Berenice ConsavelaFemale Vet 3500:49:16
Terry KitsonMale Vet 6500:49:34
Nigel ThornelyMale Vet 5000:49:52
Sarah BendleFemale Vet 4000:49:53
Paul MoirMale Vet 4500:50:59
Michelle FoxFemale Vet 4000:51:00
Emma StubbsFemale Vet 3500:51:05
Annette FryFemale Vet 5000:51:22
Jo FrenchFemale Vet 5500:51:54
Shana BurchettFemale Vet 4500:52:02
Deanne SmithFemale Vet 5500:56:06
Stephen SlaterMale Vet 6000:56:14
Christine SandersonFemale Vet 7500:56:34
Michelle KrombholzFemale Vet 4000:56:47
Eleanor SwaineFemale Vet 4000:58:31
Kirstie Carlton BlakeFemale Vet 4000:58:36
Leanne BadrockFemale Vet 4000:58:42
Yock Lin RichardsonFemale Vet 7000:58:52
Jo EdwardsFemale Vet 5500:58:59
Sophie AlexanderSenior Female00:59:52
Simon FryMale Vet 4000.59:52
Simon BendleMale Vet 5001:00:26
Victoria HardingFemale Vet 4501:00:26
Daniel RatnarajahMale Vet 4501:01:28
Tracy RatnarajahFemale Vet 5501:01:29
Sue AndrewsFemale Vet 5001:01:32
Allison TannerFemale Vet 5001:02:31
Lucy BrettFemale Vet 4001:02:33
Irene KitsonFemale Vet 6501:06:16
Helen MundayFemale Vet 5001:06:16
Lisa PetersonFemale Vet 5001:06:25
Richard BurneMale Vet 6001:06:44
Julia JamesFemale Vet 6001:06:45
Linda BeddisFemale Vet 6501:07:36
Sue PetersFemale Vet 5501:07:36
Ian LeeMale Vet 5501:08:07
Mary Le PlaFemale Vet 5501:08:09
Michael WorthingtonMale Vet 4501:13:18
Michael HallMale Vet 6001:13:19
Christine RackstrawFemale Vet 5501:25:45

Club Handicapped 5K Race Results

17 July 2019

Hastings prom

1Sarah Weeks0:31:105:150:25:55
2Tom Mann0:31:268:150:23:11
3Irene Kitson0:31:432:300:29:13
4Matthew Beaver0:31:479:300:22:17
5Ashley Ballard0:31:538:150:23:38
7Harry Ash0:32:0712:450:19:22
8Michael Hamer0:32:0711:450:20:22
9Marie Crawford0:32:096:150:25:54
11Ruth Spiller0:32:125:450:26:27
12Ian Winborn0:32:136:450:25:28
13Victoria Harding0:32:155:150:27:00
14David Witcombe0:32:299:300:22:59
15Ben Kirimli0:32:326:450:25:47
16Simon Fry0:32:357:150:25:20
17Krista Barzee0:32:364:000:28:36
18Jo Edwards0:32:372:450:29:52
19sarah Bendle0:32:389:450:22:53
20benjamin beckley0:32:3913:450:18:54
21Keith Goodsell0:32:408:000:24:40
22robert dennis0:32:409:000:23:40
23Jane Hughes0:32:418:300:24:11
24Adrian Barratt0:32:429:000:23:42
25Susan Rae0:32:439:000:23:43
26David Devlin0:32:4312:300:20:13
27Kieran Price0:32:4413:150:19:29
28Nadia Winborn0:32:453:450:29:00
29Lisa Grass0:32:459:450:23:00
30Paul Burchett0:32:4613:450:19:01
32Andy Knight0:32:4811:150:21:33
33Daniel Oliver0:32:5212:150:20:37
34Marie Appleton0:32:527:300:25:22
35Jacob Wilkinson0:32:5314:300:18:23
36Martin Turner0:32:5412:300:20:24
37susan Andrews0:32:554:000:28:55
38John Simcox0:32:5612:000:20:56
39Kirstie Carlton-Blake0:32:586:000:26:58
40Julia James0:32:584:000:28:58
41victoria sims0:32:596:300:26:29
42Todd Fitz-Hugh0:32:5912:300:20:29
43Jennifer Milnes0:33:005:450:27:15
44Annette Fry0:33:017:450:25:16
45Ben Sallows0:33:0211:150:21:47
46Lucy Akompey0:33:0410:450:22:19
47Neil Jeffries0:33:0412:300:20:34
48Jo French0:33:056:300:26:35
49Michael Grass0:33:0612:150:20:51
50Debra van Aalst0:33:066:450:26:21
51Dan Snellgrove0:33:0714:000:19:07
52Christine Sanderson0:33:083:450:29:23
53Colin White0:33:0914:450:18:24
54Helen Munday0:33:113:000:30:11
55Mark Goodman0:33:1214:150:18:57
56Darren Barzee0:33:1314:450:18:28
57Luke Evans0:33:1411:000:22:14
58William Edmondson0:33:167:450:25:31
59Ben Goring0:33:1710:000:23:17
60Shana Burchett0:33:186:300:26:48
61Ben Spicer0:33:195:450:27:34
62Paul Moir0:33:207:450:25:35
63Terry Kitson0:33:214:300:28:51
64Hannah Hayler0:33:2210:150:23:07
65Jamie Webb0:33:2313:000:20:23
66Andy Lee0:33:2713:300:19:57
67Jacqueline Mannering0:33:338:150:25:18
68darren owen0:33:3511:000:22:35
69Caroline Matthews0:33:364:000:29:36
71Robert Thomas0:33:4010:300:23:10
72Sue Quincey0:33:417:000:26:41
73Glenn Read0:33:4410:300:23:14
74Davinia Hill0:33:465:300:28:16
75Emma Wareham0:33:482:450:31:03
76Tracy Ratnarajah0:33:513:150:30:36
77Catherine Mitchell0:33:545:450:28:09
78Roland Baines0:33:559:450:24:10
79Bernice Consavela0:33:569:300:24:26
80Emily Allchurch0:33:578:300:25:27
81Jessica Cull0:33:578:150:25:42
82Helen Austin0:34:004:450:29:15
83Margaret Balch0:34:014:150:29:46
84Harry Hood0:34:0111:450:22:16
85stephen slater0:34:028:450:25:17
86Steve Uzzell0:34:054:450:29:20
87Eleanor Swaine0:34:076:000:28:07
88Traci English0:34:134:150:29:58
89Gareth Hodges0:34:139:300:24:43
90Luc Bellerose0:34:234:450:29:38
91Darren Pearson0:34:279:450:24:42
92Lucy Brett0:34:293:000:31:29
93Gary Lancaster0:34:307:150:27:15
94Leanne Badrock0:34:335:450:28:48
95Christopher White0:34:376:300:28:07
96Deanne Smith0:34:406:300:28:10
97Alison Leonard0:34:412:000:32:41
98John Nash0:34:502:450:32:05
99Andy Goldberg0:34:525:300:29:22
100Alan Croucher0:35:473:300:32:17
101Henry Worthington0:36:020:000:36:02
102Leigh Yates0:36:135:150:30:58
103Daniel Ratnarajah0:37:179:300:27:47
104Claire Thomas0:37:1811:300:25:48
105Jessica Tanner0:39:131:300:37:43
106Christine Rackstraw0:39:190:000:39:19
107Allison Tanner0:39:205:300:33:50

A muddy but successful weekend for Hastings Runners

Whilst the sensible runners among the club took advantage of the Callow hospitality and devoured the bacon butties and other nibbles on offer, the mud lovers headed to New Place Farm for the latest instalment of the Cross Country League.

It would appear, judging from the photos titled “Look how muddy my legs are”, that conditions underfoot were rather challenging.

Around 20 in total (results not yet in, will be added when available) tackled the course with Matt Edmonds continuing his fine season by finishing 4th place overall. Jane Coles was the 1st female Hastings Runner across the finish line, with Susan “PB” Rae in 2nd.

On Friday evening Kevin Blowers and Richard Cross took on the Rye 5 mile twilight race. Once Kevin worked out how to align his head torch, there was no stopping him, finishing in a superb time of 36 minutes and 36 seconds. That was good enough for 4th place overall. Richard also managed to finish in the Top 10.

Nick Brown and Helen Brown both tasted success in the Orihuela 5km. Nick was 5th in the MV45 category in a fantastic time of 20.42. Helen finished a superb 2nd in the FV45 in a time of 24.31.

If anyone else took part in races over the weekend then please let me know. Once the Cross Country results have been published, I will update the report.

Simon Linklater (Communications Officer)