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Please note that following the new lockdown restrictions that were recently announced, all organised club training sessions including track are suspended until further notice. These rules are due for review on 30th December. In the meantime, you can still run with one person from another household; but that is up to individuals to arrange. Stay safe, have a happy Xmas and look forward to seeing you all in the new year.
Nick Brown (club chairman)


As the number of positive cases of COVID-19 continues to rise across the country, we will continue to regularly update club members with regard to maintaining social distancing; how many members can participate within a group; what steps you should take if you receive a positive test result after attending a training session; our club track & trace system.

See this link for latest EA guidance:

Current rules allow us to train and run in groups of 6 with people from other households, but still maintaining a 2-metre gap from those you do not live with at all times – this means before, during and after a run!

Also please follow all Government hygiene advice and do not attend runs if you feel unwell. Although it is permissible to have much larger groups when being coached in a Covid – secure environment outside such as a running track, we will be limiting the track group sizes to a maximum of 8 for the time being.


RUNNERS – If you develop coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms (listed here within 48 hours of attending a club run you must inform us. Please email our coaching group admin secretary Marie Crawford with your name, date, time and coach for the run. Marie’s email address is

In the event that you test positive you will need to complete the England Athletics COVID-19 form. Please use the contact email above for information on how to do this.


Please carry a mobile phone, first aid kit, mask and hand sanitiser on all club training runs. You will need to have a running belt (reasonably priced at under £10 on Amazon) to ensure that all necessities are carried.

Remember to email Marie with details of those who have attended a group run/training session as soon as possible after the event. These records will be destroyed after 21 days.

If there are any non – HR members taking part, then she will also need their email details. It is vital that she can easily contact people asap in the event that anyone reports experiencing COVID – 19 symptoms after training with us.

Marie has access to members’ email addresses via the EA portal, but needs to keep an up-to-date list of any runners who do not appear on there so that she can forward them the relevant protocols which they wouldn’t otherwise receive.

Non member emails will be retained for as long as EA require us to keep lists.

Many thanks for your co-operation in helping us ensure that Hastings Runners continues to comply with all Government guidance.

Best wishes, Nick Brown (club chairman)

100 Not Out for Marzaioli

Sarah Marzaioli of Hastings Runners only started to run in her early 50s. In 2001 Sarah ran her first London Marathon.

Slowly but surely she began to tot up the Marathons and the idea of achieving the unthinkable became a real possibility.

Since that first appearance in the capital nearly 20 years ago, Sarah has completed 15 London Marathons. 2020 was set to be a special year.

Not only would it have been her 16th time of crossing that famous finish line down The Mall, but it would have seen Sarah join the 100 Marathon Club.

Sadly the race was postponed, but Sarah already had a backup race planned. So whilst she didn’t have the experience of the fans cheering her home, she did reach the milestone of 100 Marathons in The Moyleman, a memorial race over the South Downs and around Lewes.

Why stop there? Even with races cancelled Sarah is keen to continue her passion for running. On the 4th October, she will take part in the Virtual London Marathon. Sarah has plotted a route from Eastbourne to Rye to cover the 26.2 miles.

The course passes by the RNLI Lifeboat stations at Eastbourne, Hastings and Rye Harbour. Sarah is raising money for this great charity by taking on this latest challenge.

So if you are inspired by Sarah continuing to run Marathons in her 70s, then please find it in your hearts to make a small donation and help this wonderful cause.




A tremendous club turnout for Friday’s evening 5kms in the picturesque setting of Rye Harbour Nature Reserve, with 33 HRs taking part out of the field of 172.

Only the recently formed Hy Running Club, with 29 representatives, came anywhere near matching this.

First club member home was Dan Snellgrove, putting his Zoom Vaporflys through their paces in an impressive time of 18.09 (an 8secs pb); whilst there were age category wins for Darren Barzee (MV50), Neil Jeffries (MV60) and Irene Kitson (FV65).

Despite a slight headwind all the way out to the turnaround point at Winchelsea Beach, there were also pbs for all three Simons (Newstead, Linklater & Weatherley!), Ruth Spiller, Krista Barzee and a very promising 5kms debut for Elora Wadham.

Also notable runs, showing a welcome return to form, for Neil Jeffries, Marie Appleton, Sue Palmer and Marie Crawford.

The event was excellently organised by Nice Work, with race numbers sent out in advance; temperature checked on arrival in the nature reserve; social distancing observed at all times; runners sent off in 19 waves of 9 – 10 runners every 5 minutes.
Great to see some familiar club faces helping out with the organisation, including Lee & Steph Miller, Andy Bashford, Corrina Skinner and Gary Lancaster.

Chip times were: Dan Snellgrove 18.09 (pb); Darren Barzee 18.38; Simon Newstead 19.30 (pb); Andrew Watson 19.40; Danny Firth 19.46; Simon Linklater 19.49 (pb); Neil Jeffries 20.27; Kevin Blowers 21.28; Ben Sallows 21.55; Elora Wadham 23.09 (pb); Piers Brunning 23.11; Nicola Steed 23.35; Nick Brown 23.36; Simon Weatherley 24.11 (pb); Ruth Spiller 24.14 (pb); Marie Appleton 25.17; Paul Wadham 25.21; Sharon Wadham 26.24; Susan Wilkinson 26.56; Sue Palmer 26.58; Marie Crawford 27.10; Debra Van Aalst 27.33; Krista Barzee 27.43 (pb); Louise Cavill 28.28; Leigh Yates 28.57; Alison Campbell 30.31; Susan Mann 30.43; Hayley Ranson 31.04; Terry Kitson 31.11; Jo Edwards 31.32; Irene Kitson 31.47; Jenny Hudson 33.14; Alison Leonard 33.23.

Rye 10 Race Report

12 Hastings Runners took part in the rearranged Rye 10 miler on Sunday. The route is regarded as one of the toughest in the local racing calendar with over 1000 feet of elevation. The race had a slightly different feel with new regulations in place. Something about a virus or other.

Runners headed off in groups of 12, spread across a 2-hour starting window to ensure social distancing was maintained. The organisers Nice Work received glowing reviews from those that took part.

Warm summer temperatures, in excess of 20 degrees, made the challenge even tougher, but there were some excellent performances.

Martin Snape produced the best time among the Hastings Runners entries, finishing in 1:11:50. Simon Linklater improved his time from last year by over 10 minutes, crossing the line in 1:17:45. Paul Gallop continued his recovery from a nasty injury with a fantastic time of 1:20:40.

Susan Rae failed in her attempt to keep up with Simon, but received the consolation of an age category award (again) and beat her previous best 10-mile effort by 8 minutes, finishing in 1:23:14.

Sue Wilkinson landed her first-ever age category win, taking the top spot in the FV45 bracket in a time of 1:46:17.

Spurred on by her running buddy, Elly Swaine produced an 8 minute PB in 1:42:48. Emma Stubbs was just a second behind as they ran the whole route together, a meter apart of course. Both were on hand to pose for the cameras at every opportunity.

Ben Sallows was the 3rd Hastings Runner home in 1:23:20. Stuart Woolford (1:32:46),  Jenny Hudson (1:47:26), Susan Mann (1:48:14) and Terry Kitson (1:51:02) all ran strong races to make up the Hastings Runners contingent.

Thanks to Darren Barzee for riding all the way out to Rye on his bike to support us, after the race had finished 🙈

The next Nice Work race is the 15th Rye Summer Classic Series 5K Race Three. It takes part at Rye Harbour on Friday the 4th of September. Runners can select their desired start time ranging from 5.30pm – 7.00pm.

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